The sun goes down earlier, temperatures plummet. It’s wintertime! What to do with those long nights and cold weekends? Use your downtime to rediscover books. Nothing better than snuggling up with a good book when it’s cold outside. Read to your little ones, get new books for your kids, gift some or pass along suggestions to your teenagers, and give yourself some downtime with a good book or two this winter.
Here are some great books for everyone in the family:
If you live in a colder region – maybe you own a Denver home by Taylor Morrison, for instance – your kids probably get excited about snow. This 1963 Caldecott Medal winner captures beautifully children’s anticipation of the first snowfall.
Child or adult, pet or wild animal, the impression snow makes when it’s experienced for the first time is truly magical. In this popular book, Squirrel wants to share the magic of the first snow with his friends, but Hedgehog and Bear are sleepy in anticipation of hibernating and they have a hard time staying awake.
This wonderfully illustrated children’s book center’s around a lumpy old candle and how it’s passed around by people living in a city apartment building, solving each person’s particular need for it’s light.
Even a young teen living in a townhouse in Campbell, CA will appreciate this book from the classic Little House on the Prairie series. When snow blizzards have the Wilder family holed up at home with dwindling food and coal supplies, two brothers set out on a journey to find provisions.
Imaginative and vivid, A Tundra Tale is based on Alaskan folklore. It’s a fairytale about a young adult resident of a remote psychiatric hospital who journeys into the frozen tundra, getting help and companionship from animals and a child along the way.
It’s 1920 Alaska, and a childless homesteading couple takes a moment from their struggles to make a snow child, which then disappears. Mysteriously, a young girl with a red fox living in the woods appears to them and their lives are changed forever.
Great for Grown-ups
Wintertime is the perfect season to rediscover old favorites, like this enduring and ambitious John Steinbeck novel that follows two families and their interactions. The book is said to be based on the family of Steinbeck’s maternal grandfather.
Another classic, Labyrinths features stories written by Jorge Luis Borges that occur in the past, present and future. The pieces have a mystical, multi-layered feel to them. The writings of Borges, a twentieth century author, continue to influence modern literature.
A tight-knit group of students at a prestigious school who are enthralled by a brilliant professor become entangled in two murders. The plot of the popular TV show How to Get Away with Murder borrows from this psychological thriller.