Winter is the perfect time for snuggling up with books – and lots of them! Over the years, we’ve gone back to certain books time after time during the winter season. I thought I’d share our winter book list with you and give you an idea of some of the book extension activities we’ve done to turn the books into great lessons. We don’t always do extension lessons when reading, but the long days of winter often call for a little extra.
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Our Winter Book List
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening makes a great starter for a lesson on descriptive language in writing. The lesson could focus on settings, adjectives or poetry. Here’s a nice lesson for older students using Robert Frost’s poetry.
Katy and the Big Snow has been read over and over and over again in my house. We love to play around with maps after reading the book, but I found some fun ideas for playing around with math afterwards, too.
These easy-to-understand Winter Poems are great examples as we set out to write our own winter poetry.
The Keeping Quilt is historical fiction about immigration and family memories written by Patricia Polacco, one of my very favorite author’s of children’s literature. Carol Hurst offers several suggestions for follow-up activities.
The Log Cabin Quilt is another warm, quilt-themed book. An entire history/math/art unit could be done on the study of quilts alone. Again, Carol Hurst offers great suggestions for using this book and others about quilts.
Yet another quilt-themed book, A Patchwork Quilt is a sweet story about memories and the relationship between a little girl and her grandmother. After reading this book, we have gathered fabric with memories and pieced together our own mini quilt squares.
Hanna’s Cold Winter is a heartwarming story of a boy who loved going to the zoo with his family to see the hippos. One winter during WWII, the river froze and everyone was going hungry, including the famous hippos. You’ll have to read it to see what happens. A great book about ingenuity during a tough time.
Nessa’s Fish is a sweet story about bravery as a young girl protects her grandmother during a scary event out on the tundra.
The Snowy Day is a classic about a little boy named Peter and how he simply enjoys a snowy day.
Ken Libbrecht’s Guide to Snowflakes is a beautiful book! It gives a lot of scientific information about snowflakes and how they are classified. It also helps you identify the various shapes and patterns. The photography is stunning.
Snow and Ice is an easy-to-read book that is full of facts. Kids will love the activities that are included.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a good chapter book to read aloud to younger children. Penguins are a favorite topic of study during the winter and this Pinterest board is just full of fun penguin activities.
Jean Craighead George, author of Julie of the Wolves is one of my favorite authors of chapter books. The subject matter is a tad advanced, so I wouldn’t read it with kids younger than 5th grade. The setting is Alaska, making it a great winter choice. You can find many lesson ideas in this literature focus unit
We all love Little House on the Prairie! The Long Winter is the perfect of the series to read this season. Homeschool Share has a free lapbook to go along with this book that teaches a ton of pioneer history.
Stone Fox is a precious story about a little boy who enters a dog sled race to help save his grandfather’s potato farm. This free literature guide offers several learning ideas to stretch this book’s reach.
I have included The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a winter read because much of the story takes place during the winter, but more importantly for the symbolism that the cold represents. This Pinterest board has oodles of potential lesson ideas for you.
Tell me your favorite living books for winter!
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