Top 5 winter stories for kids
Cosy up with your little one and a magical snowy tale from our top 5 winter themed story books for kids
It may be cold outside, but Alex Lloyd has rounded up five of the best snowy stories to put warm smiles on you and your tots' faces!
Penguin is doing a spot of ice fishing, but acquires an unwelcome audience. Then the grumpy angler struggles to keep her cool as Walrus, Moose and Eskimo puzzle over her lack of fish – especially when they discover the bait is an irresistible slice of cake… Something’s Fishy, French author-illustrator Jean Gourounas’ first English book, is deliciously deadpan, building up to a punchline to make tiny readers chuckle. Ages two up. £11.95, uk.phaidon.com
I'll Love You for Ever
This sweet rhyming story by Owen Hart about a parent’s eternal love for their child takes you on a journey through the seasons with Polar Bear and her Cub, as she explains to him how snow will melt and leaves will fall but she will always be at his side for guidance and a cuddle. The illustrations in I’ll Love You for Ever are a real feast for the eyes too, with the pair swimming in the turquoise sea and padding through a golden wood. Ages three and up. £10.99, littletiger.co.uk
The film may be synonymous with Christmas but the original Raymond Briggs picture book The Snowman bears no trace of the festival. This wordless story celebrates the simple joys and heartbreaks of childhood, as James and his snowman play while the world sleeps. Inevitably, the pair must part. It’ll get you every time but is a wonderful way of introducing children to the concept of loss and the value of happy memories. Ages two and up. £7.99, penguin.co.uk
Be Brave Little Penguin
Pip-Pip is the smallest penguin at the South Pole, and while he loves the ice and snow, he’s petrified of the sea. He’d love to join the fun with his family and friends, but what if he can’t swim, or a monster tries to eat
him? Can he overcome his fear and make the leap into unknown waters? With its catchy rhyming text, an empowering ending and a supersparkly cover, Be Brave Little Penguin is another bedtime hit from the Giraffes Can’t Dance dream team of Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Ages three and up. £6.99, orchardbooks.co.uk
Up and Down:A Walk in the Countryside
Bundle up in a warm coat and boots and head out to explore the snow – and the world of opposites – with this National Trust ‘first concepts’ book, Up and Down: A Walk in the Countryside, one of a set of four based around the seasons. Illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw brings the excitement of a winter walk to life as friends go sledging, climb trees and spot birds. The idyllic expedition ends not with overtired, shivering toddlers but with everyone enjoying hot chocolate. Well, we can dream… Ages up to two. £6.99, nosycrow.com.
To find more childrens books we love download the January issue of Gurgle magazine, or purchase from supermarkets across the UK.