The holiday season may be over, but winter sure isn’t! During what feels like the longest season of them all, it can be tough to think of things to fill school days and entertain students who are antsy to get outside. Story time always does the trick!
There are so many great stories about this time of year. Read some of these classic tales about winter to your class, being sure to discuss the stories afterwards! You can even have your students come up with their own stories about winter. Or ask them to illustrate their favorite scene from one of the books below on a place mat. Use the place mats for snacks or parties in class. Your students will love reminiscing about the winter stories they heard.
Here are a few winter classics to get you started!
1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day is a story about a boy exploring his neighborhood after the first snowfall of the season. With its colorful and simple illustrations, it inspires the spirit of the season in readers of all ages. It’s especially exciting to read to children who live in an area where snowfall is rare; watch their amazed faces when they see the pages of the story filled with snow!
2. The Mitten by Jan Brett
In The Mitten a young boy loses a white mitten in the snow. Many animals take advantage of the lost mitten by using it as their own shelters. Even bears get in on the fun! Take this opportunity to talk to your students about what animals like bears, squirrels, and birds do to prepare for the winter season.
3. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
In this story an Inuit girl asks her mother if she loves her no matter what. The daughter brings up some scenarios and asks if her mother still loves her after all of them, and the answer is always yes. This story is a great reminder for your students of the unconditional love parents have for their children and creates an opportunity to discuss the Inuit culture. Its colorful illustrations will make your class want to read it again and again!
4. The Berenstain Bears’ Winter Wonderland by Jan and Mike Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears have a book for everything, and this one explores the simple joys of winter! After a snowfall, Brother and Sister Bear go out into the wintry white and have some fun. The story features skiing, building snowmen, and more, illustrating the possibilities of winter perfectly. Talk to your students about what they like to do in the wintertime, especially in the snow.
This small selection only scratches the surface when it comes to winter stories, but it’s a great start. By reading these books to your class or taking turns having them read out loud, you’ll ensure they have a winter they won’t forget!
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