Winter Reads for All Ages

Anyone else really love reading seasonally?  There’s something extra cozy this time of year about grabbing your favorite blanket, something warm to drink, and a book with the perfect winter setting.

I’ve made a list of the most wintry, cold books I could think of. I’ve read most, but not all of them (I doubt this chicken will never read The Shining), so feel free to ask me any questions.  Also, some of these are not winter through-and-through, but leave you with that feeling. For instance, obviously A Year of Living Danishly is not just wintry because, as stated it in the title,  it’s A YEAR, buttt the cold, darkness, and coziness, stood out the most to me.

I also want to highlight Freedom Soup, by Tami Charles and Jacqueline Alcantara, which was sent to me by Candlewick.  Most of the books on here feel more wintry because of the outdoor setting, but this one, while there is snow outside, made the list because of the feelings it creates by being steeped in tradition and coziness.  It’s the story of a young girl and her grandmother making Freedom Soup on New Year’s, which is a Haitian tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. I love how evocative it is from the cooking to the dancing to the richness of its moving tradition.  I definitely recommend it.  It’s also got me thinking a few things: (1) Being a New Englander, I have a definite bias about what comes to mind regarding winter (2) I wish there were more books for the more “minor” holidays and (3)  certain foods feel so wintry and I want more books with them in the forefront.  Please share any you can think of?

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Adult Fiction

Young Adults

Middle Grade

Picture Books

Board Books

I know there are so many more out there and, like I said before, that this is a very limited idea of winter reading.  Do you read seasonally?  What would you recommend that makes you feel wintry?

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  • elizabeth says:

    for picture books:
    have you read The Tomten or The Tomten and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren? they are both lovely.
    Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening illustrated by Susan Jeffers is also beautiful.
    and I love No Two Snowflakes by Sheree Fitch

    beginning reader:
    Poppleton in Winter by Cynthia Rylant (you and Maeve might really like all the Poppleton books!)

    for adult fiction – i reread The Spy Who Came for Christmas by David Morrell most years

    • Erin says:

      I tried to after reading Lindgren’s newest, but my library system didn’t have them. That’s good to know! I’ll have to try to hunt them down used. Looking up those other ones at our library right after I finish typing this. Love Cynthia Rylant. Thank you so much!

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