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Snow & Winter Booklist

Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.

From “Winter-time” by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

The Blizzard by Betty Ren Wright

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

Flower Fairies of the Winter by Cicely Mary Barker

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

The Mitten by Jan Brett

A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Zierfert

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor

The Snow Queen adapted by Naomi Lewis, illustrated by Angela Barrett

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino

The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren

White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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CHRISTMAS, Classic picture books for children, LEarnING WITH PICTURE BOOKS, AUTUMN

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Painting: Norrländskt vinterlandskap med Åreskutan i fonden by Carl Brandt (1921)


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Autumn Booklist

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

From “Autumn” by Emily Dickinson

 

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Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Autumn Story by Jill Barklem

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Flower Fairies of the Autumn by Cicely Mary Barker

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

In November by Cynthia Rylant

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh

Miss Suzy by Miriam Young

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert, also Leaf Man

A Song for Lena by Hilary Horder Hippely

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

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THANKSGIVING, Classic picture books for children, LEarnING WITH PICTURE BOOKS, winter

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Painting: Holzsammlerin im Herbstwald by Friedrich Kallmorgen (1893)


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Spring Booklist

When the groundhog casts his shadow
And the small birds sing
And the pussywillows happen
And the sun shines warm
And when the peepers peep
Then it is Spring”

Margaret Wise Brown

 

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A Big Treasury of Little Animals by Phoebe Dunn

Blue on Blue by Dianne White, illustrated by Beth Krommes

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston, also A Butterfly is PatientA Nest is Noisy, and A Seed is Sleepy

Flower Fairies of the Spring by Cicely Mary Barker

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri

How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
*Audiobook recommendation: James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot, narrated by Jim Dale

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

 A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins

 Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Rainy Day Rhymes by Gail Radley, illustrated by Ellen Kandoian

Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur

Spring Story by Jill Barklem

Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (original text), illustrated by William Nicholson

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Christmas Booklist

Every year after Christmastide we put our Christmas themed books away so that when Advent begins it is the first time my children have seen them all year. I check out the ones we don’t own from the library and we place them in a basket with a festive bow. I love how these stories work their magic all Advent long as we prepare our hearts for Christmas morning. Here are our favorites.

Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins, illustrated by Nicholas Sidjakov

The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; illustrated by P.J. Lynch

Christmas Carols by Marjorie Wyckoff, illustrated by Corinne Malvern

The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot, found in James Herriot’s Treasury for Children

Christmas for 10 by Cathryn Falwell*

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck

Christmas in the Stable by Astrid Lindgren*

A Christmas Like Helen’s by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock*

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch

The Christmas Story by Gennady Spirin*

The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson

The Christmas Story by Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Dolls’ Christmas by Tasha Tudor*

The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Berger*

Good King Wenceslas by John Mason Neale, illustrated by Christopher Manson*

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

The Nativity by Ruth Sanderson*

The Nativity: Six Glorious Pop-Up Scenes by Francesca Crespi*

Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell

Stephen’s Feast by Jean Richardson*

The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie dePaola

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Gennady Spirin

A Wreath of Christmas Legends by Phyllis McGinley, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard (Christmas poetry)*

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

* indicates book is out-of-print.

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Recommendations for Advent & Christmas feast days:

St. Nicholas Day: December 6

The Bakers Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard

Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12

The Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie dePaola*

St. Lucy Day: December 13

Lucia: Saint of Light by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Epiphany: January 6

Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins, illustrated by Nicholas Sidjakov

The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie DePaola

We Three Kings by Gennady Spirin

Picture books about The Nutcracker ballet:

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

The Nutcracker illustrated by Sheilah Beckett

Lili on Stage by Rachel Isadora*

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