The Winter Book Basket

Looking for books to bring your family together in the cold winter months? We're sharing some of our favorites today!

The grey days of winter can hit families hard. As we spend more days bundled indoors, we can easily scruff along side one another’s nerves, feel a little cramped or even a bit bored. In our family, when I see things beginning to fall apart, I grab one of my favorites from our book basket. Its always filled with seasonal favorites, and this time of year, that means cozy books that serve as a feast for the imagination while we stay indoors. Here are the stories we’re reading and enjoying together right now- you can click on the titles to be able to add them to your own collection.

61KT4QBPE0L._SY473_BO1,204,203,200_  The Old Woman Who Loved to Read

The story of an old woman who escapes to the country for a season of reading. She is put off by tasks that must be done, and ultimately surrounded by delightful animal friends.





61bIcE2bTrL._SX497_BO1,204,203,200_ Snowflake Bentley

Based on the true story of the famous micro- photographer, this book is a treasure! Learn about Bentley’s curiosity, process, and eventually, his success at capturing snowflakes in photographs, so that we can all take in the beauty of God’s unique creation.

51iYZCZ7HHL._SY421_BO1,204,203,200_The Mitten  

The classic folktale retold in the beautiful style of Jan Brett. The adventure and illustrations are wonderful!


  When I was Young in the Mountains

A beautiful story of home and family that sparks sentiment and leaves us taking a long sigh. A favorite.

5139qxXSC9L._SX397_BO1,204,203,200_Tales from Shakespeare 

Seven Shakespearean plays cleverly illustrated and retold with a comic strip style and silly commentary in the margins. This book has brought Shakespeare to life for my elementary schoolers.

613a-j3ZSAL._SY451_BO1,204,203,200_Saint George and the Dragon 

The classic tale of the patron saint of England, St. George must slay the dragon that seeks to harm the country against all odds, and with the help of healing fairies and the love of a princess, he just might do it! This book especially inspires the knightly spirit in young boys.

61RkTuCMt2L._SY456_BO1,204,203,200_   Snowballs

A story and guide that will prompt the building of many snowmen, illustrated in a style that uses photographs of real objects to inspire. My children pour over this one every time the flakes first fall.

Here’s to happy reading and hearts that are knit close as you enjoy these stories together.



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  1. Thank you so much for all the lovely suggestions!!! They are all available at my local library, so I checked them out online and look forward to bringing them home soon. 🙂

  2. So many great books! We love Jan Brett, everything illustrated by Trina Hyman, and we recently read Snowflake Bentley. “The Old Woman Who Loved to Read” is new to me though, so I’ll have to check that out.

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