Seasonal Book Basket {Winter Edition}

Making books easily accessible is vitally important to developing a child’s interest in actually reading them! I’ve found that one way to offer constant access and appeal is by creating a seasonal book basket. Not necessarily, Winter – Spring – Summer – Fall, but Seasons, Topics, Holidays, etc.

seasonal book basket

…and placing it in a cozy and inviting read nook:

Living Room Book Nook

As reading together is one of my great joys, it is important to keep things fresh by switching out the books every 2-4 weeks, depending on how quickly we’re switching topics. First, I ransack our bookshelves for topical selections (For Winter: Polar Bears, Snow, etc.) and then I supplement with library books that I either find on the shelves or request online.

Winter book basket

Most of these were from the Library. Many books are enjoyable and cute for a couple reads, but I don’t feel the need to own them. And then there are some that are beautiful, fun, and have been or will be enjoyed for generations. As for books we loved in our Winter basket go-round:

Books we own (in the order I’d buy them):

the mitten

The Mitten

We received this one as a gift (along with a kitted mitten and finger puppets for every animal! One of the!), but I am in love with pretty much all of Jan Brett’s children’s literature. The illustrations are so intricate, offering tons to look at and talk about on every page. Keep in mind the board book contains vastly different/omitted text from its paperback/hardcover counterpart!

the snowman

I found The Snowman at a garage sale and when I flipped through it, I felt such a sense of familiarity and warmth. Then, it dawned on me that I watched (and adored) the video when I was young. I instantly ordered The Snowman on DVD for the boys and they have loved this magical tale just the same! The book has no words, so takes some effort by the reader; I recommend just buying and enjoying the movie.

Books I’d love in our Home Library (in the order I’d buy them):

bear has a story

 Bear Has a Story to Tell

Gorgeous writing and illustrations of a kind, sweet, helpful, thoughtful, old bear who puts everyone before himself; a good friend wanting to tell a story and waiting patiently for his audience to listen.

old bear

Old Bear

Another dear, old bear (great characters for winter stories), dreaming elaborate dreams in hibernation of when he was a cub bounding through the different seasons (I especially love when he dreams it is raining blueberries).

Honorable Mention to check out from the Library:

red hat

Red Hat

Red Hat does not have many words, but darling illustrations and fun-loving animals who run away with a hat. This must be elaborated and embellished with sound effects by the reader. My boys laughed their little heads off and asked for it over and over again. A darling, funny story, but without much text or character development, I wouldn’t make the investment.

I switched out our winter selection for Valentine’s (but I’ll skip sharing) and next up is St. Patrick’s Day!

What are your favorite Children’s Winter Books?

~ Becca

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14 Responses to Seasonal Book Basket {Winter Edition}
  1. Sandy Sadowski
    February 26, 2014 | 11:58 pm

    Such a great idea! and I love the choices. It’s really nice to share this info with others. Very lovely post!

    • Becca V
      February 27, 2014 | 2:47 am

      Thank you :)

  2. Marissa D
    February 28, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    This is such a great list… we love so many of them. This year we’ve been into the mitten mostly.

    I’d love for you to share this with the Cozy Reading Spot, it’s open all weekend.

    I hope to see you there!


    • Becca V
      February 28, 2014 | 3:53 pm

      Thank you for inviting me, Marissa! Happy to link up :)

      • Marissa D
        March 6, 2014 | 12:08 am

        So glad you stopped by and linked up! I love this list, I had to read it again!


  3. Heather @To Sow a Seed
    March 1, 2014 | 1:21 am

    We use a little shelf for the same purpose! My favorite winter reads with the littles are the Little House books (classics!) and Snowflake Bentley. :-)

    • Becca V
      March 1, 2014 | 3:52 am

      Yes! Snowflake Bentley has been on my winter book wish list for a couple years – I need to bite the bullet!

  4. Allie Rasmussen
    March 1, 2014 | 2:13 am

    I love the idea of a book basket! For the winter, we love Bear Snores On!

    • Becca V
      March 1, 2014 | 3:51 am

      Another good one – I sure love winter bear books :)

  5. Kate @ Teaching What Is Good
    March 4, 2014 | 11:06 pm

    These were some of my children’s very favorite books growing up! Thanks for linking up with me today!!

    • Becca V
      March 4, 2014 | 11:39 pm

      Wow!! There are so many awesome stories; I want to read and acquire the best I can find!

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    • Becca V
      March 8, 2014 | 5:41 pm

      Thank you for the feature, Mary Catherine!!

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