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Monday, January 27, 2014

winter books

Just for fun, I thought I'd post about our winter seasonal book collection. Throughout the past few years, I have built up our seasonal book collections, because I enjoy celebrating the seasons of the year with the children. Many forms of early education base their programs around the seasons of the year, but the one type that I like best (Waldorf), believes that we are deeply rooted in the seasons of the year and that it  helps children to feel grounded in their surroundings when they understand this natural rhythm.
So one of the ways that we celebrate the seasons, is to keep a basket of seasonal books on hand.
I've added to this collection over the years, some of these books were thrift shop finds, some were gifts, and some I bought at different book shops. Those that know me, know that I am a real children's lit. enthusiast. I love a good story that can be read aloud and I LOVE excellent/beautiful illustrations.
Here are a few pics of our Winter book collection. If you have any suggestions of titles that we should add, please feel free to let me know in the comments. Thanks.
I have many titles here, so I won't list them all. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Winter Book Collection (just a few)

Zoe's Snowy Day - Barbara Reid
The Mitten- Jann Brett
Bear Snores On- Karma Wilson
The Snowy Day- Ezra Jack Keats
Stone Soup (lift the flap)- told by Jess Stockham
Winter- Gerda Muller
Missing Mitten Mystery- Steven Kellogg
Franklin's Valentine - Paulette Bourgeois

wish list: Stranger in the Woods


  1. Having a seasonal book collection is SUCH a good idea!! Sigh. I wish Australia got snow (none of the big cities do). I get scared that my children won't be raised in my own country, and that they won't have the seasons or experiences I grew up with.

  2. To add: Stella, queen of the snow. it's about a big sister showing her little brother the magic of winter for the first time.

    1. thanks Sarah- we actually have it ... but I should add it to our basket!

  3. Thanks for sharing Johanna. This new mom never thought of having a seasonal book collection to rotate, but its a great idea. My daughter and I love "Bear Wakes Up For Christmas" by the author of "Bear Snores On". Beautiful illustrations and all of the woodland creatures are so cute. I'll have to look for "Over and Under the Snow" - it looks very pretty from your pictures. Glad to see you survived last week!

  4. I remember you making me stone soup in the house on Broadway once! I was very impressed with you.


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