It really depends on who you ask in my family when it comes to winter and snow. My husband hates the cold, and equates the snow with shoveling out, ice dams, and slipping on black ice. My kids take a more joyful view of snow. It’s no school snow days spent sledding down hills, snow ball fights, and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.
PickyKidPix and her friend Helena catch snowflakes on their tongues during their first snow in kindergarten.
To put a happy face on the cold, my husband has opted for cozy and comforting home cooking. Our menu changes from grilling to long simmered soups and stews. For making winter cozier no matter what weather you are experience, try these cozy winter snow books with your kids. My favorite snow books are on my Top 10 Winter Books for Kids list. What are yours?
10 Cozy New Winter Picture Books
Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
It’s a lot of work to get the farm ready for winter! The strawberries need to be covered with hay. The fields need to be planted with oats and rye. The raspberry canes need to be cut back. For everything the farm gives, there’s something to be done. With the old fashioned charm of The Ox-Cart Man, this picture book captures the buzz of activity on the farm as winter approaches with calm, quiet fortitude.
Last year for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, author and illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo donated his talent to create our very first downloadable poster. You can view it here: Multicultural Children’s Book Day FREE Downloadable Poster.
This year we have a new Multicultural Children’s Book Day poster for our January 27th, 2017 event and it’s by world renown author/illustrator, Demi! We are also using her wonderful artwork for the cover of our Multicultural Children’s Book Day eBook so you will see it again!
My arty daughter helped me create two arty gift guides for kids. This is the first one: 10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids. I basically collected the art books over the past few years that my daughter and son enjoy. Grasshopper and Sensei also created a list of art supplies for VERY SERIOUS arty kids that I will be posting on soon.
I accumulated this list of 10 arty books for kids. I have picture books for arty kids here: Top 10 Best Books for Young Artists. I also have a gift guide for Gifts for Kids Who Hate Art and Reading.
p.s. More Art Gift Ideas for Kids here:
Art Activity Books
45 Art Gifts for Seriously Arty Kids by my daughter
Our Art Gift Kits for Arty Kids
10 Inspirational Art Books for Arty Kids
Learn about Art History, Illustrators and Illustration
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art by Michael Bird, illustrated by Kate Evans
This is a beautiful art history book with works by major artists and really interesting stories about their lives, with particular detail to the work featured. If you want one art history tome for you kids, use this one. Enjoy it cover to cover, or just flipping around as the art catches your eye. [art history chapter book, ages 6 and up]
I was amazed at this preschool toy, Cubetto, that teaches kids the principles behind programming. And it’s fun! What is revolutionary about this toy is that it is screen-less! It uses wooden toy pieces, a wooden toy board, and robot made of wood!
With my son as a guinea pig, we’ve been busy testing STEM toys to discover his favorites.
STEM Toy Gift Guide
DIY Electro Dough Kit
This is, hands down, our favorite kit. Note that the kit has everything that you need EXCEPT for the playdoh. Purchase that seperately — you don’t need much — or make your own. You can use this kit over and over again too. At $30, it’s well priced.
Venus Fly Trap Plant
This kit includes everything you need to assemble a successful terrarium for your Venus Fly Trap. You get a 2 inch plant, a five inch globe terrarium, and the soil. The kit is $22. Pair with a book to learn more about the fascinating Venus Fly Trap!
We know that, no matter what their background is, when kids know they can make a difference in the world, it’s transformative for them in a very positive way.
Please join me in Hasbro’s new philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND. It’s designed to empower kids to have the compassion, empathy and courage to stand up for others and be inclusive throughout their lives.
We know it’s not always easy to be kind and kids need toolkits to help teach them and inspire empathy. BE FEARLESS BE KIND has engaged best-in-class partners who developed empathy and compassion tools & resources that parents can use: Ashoka and No Bully on the empathy piece, Special Olympics Unified for inclusion, and generationOn and Rock Your World for taking action.
The goal: We want kids to stand up for others, include everyone, and take action when they see a problem.
This is not a sponsored post — I wish! This is real life.
I was shocked to see my teen daughter’s medicine cabinet the other day. It looks like a Sephora store. It’s true that PickyKidPix, now 14 years old, is obsessed about skin care. She’s watched beauty YouTubers for a zillion hours. She has asked for acne starter kits from her relatives for birthday and Christmas gifts for the past two years.
She’s also a bit of a hypochondriac. If she has the slightest rash on her face, she demands to go to the dermatologist. Once, I caved and actually took her. It was the fastest dermatologist appointment on the planet, with our nice derm trying to stifle a smile. Read more…
The Lux Blox are different from other blocks in that they are very versatile. They flex, twist, bend, turn, curve, and move with a lock and hinge system that snaps the pieces into place.
Please welcome author G. A. Morgan with her list of Top 10 Favorite Fantasy Adventures. The final book of her own fantasy adventure series, The Five Stones Trilogy, releases today called The Kinfolk!
I’m thrilled to be giving away 3 SIGNED copies of The Kinfolk to 3 winners. Please see Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m doing more book giveaways there as well.——————
Greetings readers of Pragmatic Mom! Thank you for encouraging your kids to read fantasy. The great news about fantasy-adventure books is that kids tend to devour them. The best ones, in my opinion, tell a riveting story with relatable characters, but offer—at the core—some irrevocable, universal truths.
With technology ever-present and Hollywood bringing to screen many of our favorite stories, it’s more important then ever to have reading choices that are broad and deep; that offer exciting narratives but are also thought-provoking and linger in the imagination long after childhood is over. They also should appeal to both girls and boys.
That’s what I tried to accomplish in The Five Stones Trilogy, and these are the qualities I looked for when creating this list. By and large, the books in this list are appropriate for ages 8-14 (and beyond!), depending on reading ability, and my list gets “older” as we move down it. Read more…