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8 Picture Books for Winter Days

January 22, 2015

Our new living room has big windows that look over the backyard (which is basically a yard that backs onto a forest – it’s a pretty lovely view), and in the afternoons, once I’m done working and the girls are up from quiet time and naps and have eaten a snack, we like to snuggle on the couch and read books.

It’s so fantastic to be back in our own home with all our books out of storage and a big basket of library picks.

Winter days were just made for snuggling on the couch with a book and a blanket, weren’t they?

Here are some of the picture books that we have loved in recent weeks and months.

Great picture book suggestions to get you through long days at home

Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe and S. D. Schindler – When I picked this one up at the library, I thought “There is no way Ella will like this one.” The cover looked kind of dull and old-fashioned, but the book was actually quite hilarious and it was probably her favorite book we read during our stay in Las Vegas over Christmas.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen – My dad read this aloud to Ella and his voice kept going tight with the effort of not bursting into laughter. As you’d expect from this duo, this is one hilariously weird book.

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers – This is definitely on the longer side, since you have a mini story for every letter of the alphabet, but it’s very clever and we read it much faster than I expected.

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato – Who doesn’t want a cupcake when they’re in the big city?

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light – This was one of the first books that Ani really lit up over. She absolutely loved finding the hidden dragon on each page.

The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison Mcghee and Isabel Roxas – Aside from the fact that reading this book made me crave donuts every single time we read it, this is a fun story about a little boy and his dog who go out to get donuts for the family. And maybe don’t come home with the full dozen.

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc – This is such a sweet book about the changing of the seasons. I loved everything about this one.

Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox and Lydia Monks – We checked this one out in Las Vegas and then took it to Arizona with us over the summer and I think we read it approximately 100 times. In this spin on the classic, Rapunzel is a little hard of hearing and so every time the prince requests that she throw down her hair, she throws down something else instead.

P.S. I share picture book recommendations every day or two on Instagram, so if you’re looking for more suggestions, feel free to follow along!

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  • Reply Amy Johnson January 22, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I have been waiting for Once Upon an Alphabet and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole for, I kid you not, three and four months respectively. Sometimes I wonder if it would be worth it just to buy the books . . .

  • Reply Betsy January 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    On your recommendation, I bought Sam and Dave Dig a Hole for my baby nephews for Christmas! I also bought them Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs on your rec.

  • Reply Whit January 22, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Have you read "This is Not My Hat"? My new fave.

  • Reply Laura {a spoonful of joy} January 23, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Sounds like an exact replica of our afternoons here! Thanks for the suggestions… Always on the look out for new titles to read to my boys – I think they would find the Rapunzel one hilarious!

  • Reply Melissa January 23, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Love this list. I just requested about half of them from our library.
    Have you read Dragons Love Tacos or Rosie Revere Engineer?

  • Reply Alison January 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you! I promptly requested all of these from my library.

  • Reply Triskele Reviews February 2, 2015 at 3:18 am

    This is a great list!
    Have you and your children read "This is Not My Hat?" It is such a cute book, and the kids I nanny for absolutely loved it.

  • Reply Angela Noelle of SK August 18, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Holds placed, a half-world away.
    It is SO sad when they don't have so many you've recommended!

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