Stories for Snowy Days - Kumon

Stories for Snowy Days

A mother sits in front of the fireplace with her two daughters wrapped in a blanket and reading a book

For many of us, the winter season means cold weather. Wind, sleet, snow, ice—we can expect to deal with it all at some point.  Whether you enjoy sledding, snowshoeing, or simply building snowmen, there’s plenty of fun to have in the snow. However, there will also be times that you just want to stay warm in front of a fire or under a cozy blanket. On those days, why not curl up with a good book? And if it’s still warm where you live? What better way to get a taste of the cold than in the pages of a book with your imagination! Here are some great choices from Kumon’s Recommended Reading List to get in the winter spirit.

Preschoolers and Beginning Readers

Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young collected by Jack Prelutsky

The perfect book to read with your child, no matter how young! This poetry collection features rhymes on many topics, including—you guessed it—winter! Filled with wonderful illustrations that will keep your kids enthralled, it’s also a great introduction to beloved authors like A.A. Milne and Robert Louis Stevenson.Illustration of a snowy day with a cabin and snowman in the trees

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman

A book with no words? Ideal for building pre-reading skills, this illustrated book allows your child to tell their own story. The pictures begin with a child finding a red book in the snow, which is sure to kick-start the imaginations of kids who are escaping the snow themselves!

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Few experiences can compare to playing in the snow for the first time. This classic children’s book, which young readers can tackle on their own, follows the adventures of a boy named Peter as he explores his snow-draped city.

Elementary School Students

The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt

A large snowflake is held in two outstretched hands wearing blue mittens

A fun story about a mitten that gets left in the snow and the woodland creatures that find it.  Beautifully illustrated, your kids will get lost in the tale. But watch out! The bestselling book is so fun, they might be tempted to drop their own mittens in the snow to see the story come to life.

Snowed in with Grandmother Silk by Carol Fenner

This heartwarming story shows that even two people who are seemingly very different can have more in common than they think. When Ruddy gets snowed in with his grandma, he’s forced to find ways to have fun. This book will teach your kids some important lessons, while giving them some great ideas on how to spend a snowy day!

The Snow Walker by Margaret K. and Charles M. Wetterer

Kids can get a glimpse of history while immersed in a thrilling adventure set in the late 19th century. Based on the real-life Blizzard of 1888, this book tells the story of a young boy and his father who venture out into the snow-covered streets of the Bronx to help their neighbors during an epic snowstorm.

Illustration of a group of penguins with the sky in the background

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

This beloved children’s book tells the story of an ordinary housepainter who one day finds himself in possession of a penguin, and then another, and then another. As Mr. Popper’s group of penguins grows, so do the hijinks. After your child reads the book, you can cuddle up on the couch together and watch the movie!

Older Kids

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Another story that was immortalized in film, this classic is worth taking the time to read. (The movies are great, too!) The first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series introduces the reader to the magical land of Narnia, where a spell has been cast so that it is “always winter but never Christmas.” Follow the adventures of the Pevensie children as they explore a new world.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Little introduction is needed for this Dickens classic that has been told time and time again on stage and screen. But nothing can beat the original! Read all about Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits who teach him an important lesson.

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