When it is cold outside,

find a warm place indoors and curl up with a good book!

Blades, Ann. Mary of Mile 18. Tundra Books, 1971.

Brouwer, Sigmund. Winter Hawk Star. Orca Book Publishers, 2007.

Brooke, Lauren. A Winter’s Gift. Scholastic, 2007.

Bunting, Eve. The In-between Days. Harper Trophy, 1996.

Doyle, Brian. Spud in Winter. Groundwood Books, 2006, c1995.

Enright, Elizabeth. Spiderweb for Two. Square Fish, 2008.

Hader, Berta and Elmer. The Big Snow. Aladdin Books, 1948.

Hill, Kirkpatrick. Winter Camp. Puffin Books, 1995.

Hobbs, Will. Beardance. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004, c1993.

Hobbs, Will. Far North. Avon Camelot, 1996.

Jacques, Brian. A Redwall Winter’s Tale. Philomel, 2001.

Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. Viking Press, 1962.

Kerr, Philip. The Winter Horses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Kalinka, a Jewish orphan girl, hides from Nazi soldiers during the winter of 1941. On the wind-blown plains of the Ukraine, she meets an elderly man and two wild horses who help her flee from danger. This fascinating story of the rare Przewalski horses will intrigue readers who enjoy historical fiction. While the novel is somewhat awkwardly written – as if the author is explaining the story rather than letting it come to life – it nevertheless provides a unique perspective on World War 2 and so is recommended for readers 11 to 16 years of age.


Kjelgaard, Jim. Snow Dog. Random House, 1980.

Lionni, Leo. Frederick. A.A. Knopf, 1995, c1967.

Little, Jean. Dancing Through the Snow. Scholastic, 2007.

MacGregor, Roy. Murder at the Winter Games. M&S Paperback Original, 2004. 

Maclachlan, Patricia. The Poet’s Dog. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2016.
Are we really loved? Will will be remembered when we’re gone? Who will save us when we’re lost?
This short easy-to-read novel told from the point of view of an Irish wolfhound portrays the abiding bond between people and animals. It demonstrates the power of poetry and the mysterious connections that carry us through hardships. A philosophical novella highly recommended for readers and listeners 6 years old and up. [Blizzards; Brothers and sisters; Dogs Grief; Human-animal relationships; Loss (Psychological); Poets]

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Blizzard’s Wake. Scholastic, 2002.

Nuzum, K.A. The Leanin’ Dog. Joanna Cotler Books, 2008. 

Oral, Feridun. A Warm Winter. Hong Kong: Michael Neugebauer Publishing, 2016, c2015.
Little Mouse needs more firewood to warm his nest. But he’s not strong enough to pull the pile of sticks back home. Maybe some friends can help? This heartwarming picture book from Turkey – translated into English – will delight readers and listeners up to 9 years of age.

Paulsen, Gary. Brian’s Winter. Laurel-Leaf Books. 1996.

Paulsen, Gary. How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other Outrageous Tales about Extreme Sports. Dell Yearling, 2004, c2003.

Paulsen, Gary. Woodsong. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2007, c1990.

Pausewang, Gudrun. Traitor. Andersen Press, 2004.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. This World We Live In. Harcourt, 2010.

Reiss, Kathryn. Blackthorn Winter. Harcourt, 2006.

Riordan, Rick. The Titan’s Curse. Hyperion Books for Children, 2007.

The Wolf Wilder

Rundell, Katherine. The Wolf Wilder. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.

“In the days before the Russian Revolution, twelve-year-old Feodora sets out to rescue her mother when the Tsar’s Imperial Army imprisons her for teaching tamed wolves to fend for themselves.” – FVRL. “A slightly different version of this work was originally published in 2015 in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.” – T.p. verso. This story of courage with the echo of a powerful myth is recommended for all readers 11 years old and up. [Historical fiction; Mothers and daughters; St. Petersburg (Russia); Surivival; Wolves]

Rylant, Cynthia. Snow. Harcourt, 2008.

Sidman, Joyce.  Before Morning. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

Smelcer, John. The Trap. Henry Holt and Company, 2006.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. The Long Winter. HarperTrophy, 1940.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Feathers. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.

Yolen, Jane. Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep. HarperCollins, 2007.

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