Winter's joy!

Minnesota winters can be harsh, sure. But brrrrrr is our thing: We can take pride in our resilience and the fact that we have real seasons here. Honestly, who wants to live in California where it’s 70 degrees every day? (Wait, don’t answer that.) OK, so how can we teach our kids to enjoy and embrace the crisp, clean air of winter? Check out these books that find glory in our snowiest season.


Toys Meet Snow

Everyone in the house is gone one winter day when curiosity gets the best of three little toys — Lumphy, a stuffed buffalo; StingRay, a plush stingray; and Plastic, a bouncy red ball — who make their way outdoors to see what snow is really all about. Filled with colorful metaphors and engaging challenges for the three loveable characters (StingRay must use a plastic bag to stay dry), this is the perfect picture book for young kids learning to love winter.

Ages 3–7



The Thing About Yetis

Even Yetis get tired of winter. Sure, they love snowy, quiet mornings, hot chocolate with marshmallows, sledding, skating, building snow castles and snowball fights. But they also get cold, really cold. And they yearn for summer and sand castles, too. How do they cope? They create a bit of summer indoors (in the best way). If you’re giving this book as a gift, we highly recommend you purchase an Aurora World Yulli Yeti stuffed-plush yeti, available for $15.99 on

Ages 3–5



First Hockey Words

Best-selling author-illustrator Per-Henrik Gurth of Ontario is back with an homage to one of Minnesota’s favorite sports. Kids get to learn all about Zambonis, pucks, passing, goalies, face-offs, breakaways, power plays and penalties, too. Are you really into winter sports? Check out Hockey Opposites and Snow Sports: Ready, Set, Play, also by Gurth.

Ages 2–5



Max and Marla

In this magical, playfully illustrated tale, a boy and his owl buddy must endure the ups and downs of life on the precarious sledding hill near their home. These real-life “Olympians” (apparently living entirely free of grownups) are wise beyond their years. They take care to prepare, dress, rest, regroup, care for their equipment and — most of all — never give up.

Ages 3–5