As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, books are a great way of passing time and exploring the changing seasons and the festivities that come with it. They also make great Christmas presents and are a great alternative to watching the TV! Here are a few suggestions of winter themed books for you to try with your children.
Stick man (Julia Donaldson)
Stick man lives in his family tree with his stick lady wife and children until one day he accidentally gets carried off! This delightful book follows Stick man’s travels until he gets rescued by Santa Claus who helps him get home.
The Snowman (Raymond Briggs)
You’ve probably watched this classic on TV at Christmas time. The book it’s based on doesn’t actually have any words but is full of beautiful illustrations so you can make up the story as you go.
Katy and the Big Snow (Virginia Lee Burton)
Katy the tractor plows the snow in the winter so all the people in the town can go about their day. Children love following the tracks the illustrations and Katy’s ‘chug chug chug’ can-do attitude.
That’s Not My Snowman (Usbourne)
Younger children love books with lots of different textures such as the ‘That’s not my’ books by Usbourne. This one is full of bright, jolly snowmen to explore are well as aiding sensory development.
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
One for older children but definitely a great book for introducing children to the Classics. Dickens’ famous novel tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come and his former business partner as he is shown the errors of his ways and is encouraged to make a positive change.
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