Today, I would love to share with you five of my favorite winter forest books for kids.
The forest is my happy place, truly.
So any time I have a chance to read books to my daughter about forests, I take it! In fact, our winter walks at a local wildlife refuge were the inspiration for our yoga book Jenny’s Winter Walk.
The forest can be especially beautiful and enchanting in winter. So grab one of the winter forest books listed below, curl up in front of the fire with your children, and embrace the magic of winter this holiday season.
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5 Winter Forest Books for Kids
The Christmas Wish
by Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen
Follow Anja’s Nordic adventure as she dreams of finding and helping Santa. The authors, a husband-wife team, will capture your child’s imagination through their stunning forest photographs, as Anja (their daughter) meets several animals on her magical journey. Use this breathtaking book to talk to your child about what they dream about and what they believe in.
In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?
by Lindsay Barrett George
Enjoy these realistic paintings of two children exploring the forest in the winter and following animal tracks. My daughter was entranced by the pictures of the animals, and she loves guessing the next animal that the children will find along their walk. This winter forest book would be great to inspire winter nature walks with a camera and/or nature notebook to record the animals that you see along the way.
Stranger in the Woods
by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick
Though the writing might be too advanced for some little ones, just looking at the photographs of animals in winter is a treat. This is another great winter forest book to inspire photographic nature walks. Your child could take pictures of not just animals that they see, but also of the trees, fallen logs, snow drifts, and icy ponds or bridges. Also check out another winter book by this author, First Snow in the Woods.
by Jan Brett
Jan Brett is the author/illustrator of many fabulous winter forest books. She is best known for her intricate illustrations, realistic-looking animals, and detailed borders. The Mitten is a classic Ukrainian tale that follows a young boy who loses his white mitten, made by his grandmother, in the snow. One by one, various animals squeeze into the mitten, as readers are delighted by how the animals could possibly fit into a boy’s mitten. Other perfect winter holiday books by Jan Brett are The Three Snow Bears, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, The Animals’ Santa, The Hat, and Annie and the Wild Animals. Gathering a bunch of Jan Brett’s books would make an excellent author study at home or in your classroom.
The Snow Bear
by Miriam Moss and Maggie Kneen
Meet a polar bear cub looking for his mom in the snow. Other arctic animals join him in his search. This is a lovely tale of animals working together, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. This winter forest book would be fun to bring alive through movement by acting out the arctic animals through yoga poses for kids.
Winter Forest Yoga Book for Kids
Jenny’s Winter Walk
by Giselle Shardlow and Vicky Bowes
Act out what Jenny and her mother see and hear on a winter walk with this winter forest yoga book. Bring their winter walk alive through movement. This yoga book is a great springboard for acting out other things you might see on a winter forest walk together.
Images from Jenny’s Winter Walk, our winter yoga book
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Other Winter Yoga Links You Might Like
Check out these links below for your celebration of winter through movement:
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Other Winter Holiday Book Lists for Kids
Welcome to the Winter and Holiday Children Story Books Series hosted by The Jenny Evolution. More than 30 amazing kid bloggers have teamed up to create lists of winter- and holiday-themed books that your children are sure to love, with book themes including snowmen, sledding, kindness, hibernating animals, penguins, reindeers, snowflakes, Christmas around the world, angels, and the winter forest.
There’s sure to be a book list that will capture your child’s imagination and indulge your child’s love of reading. See below to links to the various winter book lists: