There’s nothing better than curling up on a cold, wintery day with a good book, a warm blanket and and a cup of hot coco. Check out our list of cozy books for snowy days!
The Little Forest Keepers By Mary Lundquist HarperCollins, 2021, $17.99
On a snowy day, two elves ensure their woodland neighbors – birds, rabbits, squirrels – are comfortable and well-fed. When they come upon a strange, white creature, they are scared at first and then realize it is harmless and lonely. With the help of their forest friends, they figure out how to care for it, too. The simple text and innocent, expressive figures in the illustrations make for a gentle book about sharing and kindness.
ages 3 – 7
Dad Bakes By Katie Yamasaki Norton, 2021, $17.95
In this tender tale, a little girl provides details of her father’s daily routine, from his early-morning wake-up to his walk to the bakery where he makes “small rolls” and “large loaves,” to his return home, where the two play, read and create their own special bread. The book subtly hints at the father’s previous incarceration. In the back matter, author/illustrator Katie Yamasaki lists organizations that assist the formerly incarcerated in finding jobs (one is On the Rise Bakery in Detroit) and describes her own work as an artist in correctional facilities.
Violet Velvet Mittens with Everything By Deborah Blumenthal Illustrated by Rachel Katstaller Princeton Architectural Press, 2021, $18.95
This picture book biography captures the dynamic voice and dramatic sense of style of fashion icon Diana Vreeland, whose favorite color was “RED RED RED.” From a childhood home where she was considered plain and dull beside her beautiful younger sister, Vreeland, through her unique flair and hard work, rose to prominent editorial positions at influential magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Known as the Empress of Fashion, she loved sharing her ideas and visions with others.
ages 8 – 12
Da Vinci’s Cat By Catherine Gilbert Murdock Greenwillow, 2021, $17.99
Fans of Rebecca Stead’s intricate time-travel tale “When You Reach Me,” will embrace this novel in which a contemporary American girl named Bee finds herself in Renaissance Rome, with a mysterious white cat, acclaimed artists Raphael and Michelangelo and a boy called Federico. This intriguingly plotted page turner captivates from the very first chapter.
“A Mi Me Gusta Ser Yo/It’s OK To Be Me” By Twinkle “A Mi Me Gusta Ser Yo/It’s OK To Be Me” is an over-the-top extravaganza of empowering songs in both Spanish and English. This album for kids and families is by the award-winning Peruvian American phenomenon known as Twinkle. Highlights include the album’s title track, which encourages kids to celebrate their individuality with confidence, along with “Together/Unidos,” “Mask it Up/Mascara” and “Brand New Day/Un Nuevo Dia.” Available on iTunes & Amazon and all streaming platforms. If you want a “collectible” autographed physical CD, you can email Twinkle a request on her website twinkletimeofficial.com.