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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- Leif Enger’s Peace Like A River
- Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale
- Rosamund Pilcher’s Winter Solstice
- Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child
- Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone
- George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones
- Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
- Arthur Ransome’s Winter Holiday
- Stephen King’s The Shining
- Angela Thirkell’s High Rising
- Louise Penny’s Still Life
- Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air
- Blair Braverman’s Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North
- Alfred Lansing’s Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
- Helen Russell’s The Year of Living Danishly
- Maria Parr’s Astrid the Unstoppable
- Kate Milford’s Greenglass House
- Karina Yon Glaser’s The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
- Ben Guterson’s Winterhouse
- Carol Ryrie Brink’s Caddie Woodlawn
- Louisa May Alcott’s Eight Cousins
- Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter
- C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
- Kevin Henkes’ Winter Is Here
- Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day
- Cynthia Rylant’s Little Penguins
- Jan Brett’s The Mitten
- Richard Smith’s Walking in a Winter Wonderland
- Ezra Jack Keat’s The Snowy Day
- Keith Baker’s No Two Alike
- Lauren Thompson’s Mouse’s First Snow
- Lita Judge’s Red Sled
- Caralyn Buehner’s Snowmen at Night
- Lora Koehler’s The Little Snowplow
- Mation Dane Bauer’s Winter Dance
- Gerda Muller’s Winter
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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