Winter stories

Yes, winter’s cold, windy and, in Minnesota, oh-so long. But it’s also a season like no other. There’s no better time for baking, hot cocoa, skating, skiing and sledding! Embrace these last weeks — months? — of winter with some of our favorite seasonal books, plus a couple from our readers, too!


You Can Do It, Sam

Cold and snowy but warm and cozy, too — that’s winter in this book, featuring the early-morning adventures of a sweet little bear named Sam and his momma, Mrs. Bear. Sam’s challenge: Can he stand to wait for the cakes to be ready from the oven? And can he deliver them — door to door on Plum Street — all by himself while Mrs. Bear watches from their little green truck?

By Amy Hest

Illustrated by Anita Jeram


Bear Snores On

“I love the sing-song way that it rhymes and the words used are very descriptive of what is happening. You can almost hear the crackle of the fire and feel the goodwill among the animals as they congregate in the Bear’s den and share the warmth and their food. I never tire of reading this one!” 

— Barbara Martin, Minneapolis

By Karma Wilson

Illustrated by Jane Chapman


The Snowy Day

“This is one of the first books I remember reading as a child, and one I love reading to my children now. I love its simple story and the colorful pictures, and my kids love it too! Such a fun book that shares the joy of a snowy day, which we know all too well in MN!” 

— Alana Erickson, Plymouth

By Ezra Jack Keats


Peppa Pig and the Day at Snowy Mountain

When Peppa Pig and her little brother, George, wake up and see that it’s snowing, they can’t wait to go to Snowy Mountain. There’s so much to do there — sledding (even without a sled), ice-skating (including a few spills) and, of course, skiing (with a few out-of-control parent pigs). 

By Candlewick Press