There’s Snow Better Time to Read! – These books are set in cold climates and are perfect for cozying up with on these Winter nights!
Over and Under the Snow – Kate Messner Over and Under the Snow takes readers on a walk through the woods in the middle of winter, imagining the creatures that hibernate sleeping under the snow, the ones that don’t finding food, and the humans exploring going to their homes in a cozy cabin. The Mitten – Jan Brett This classic by Jan Brett is based on a Ukrainian fairy tale where a lone mitten in the woods magically becomes a cozy respite from the cold for all creatures of the woods! The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats This classic picture book perfectly describes the childlike joy of waking up to find your world covered in snow and marveling at its crunch under your feet, its fresh white glow, and coming home warm and cozy from a long day exploring. Little Penguins – Cynthia Rylant Little Penguins is illustrated in Christian Robinson’s traditional collage and bright colors and explores a day in the life of a family of penguins enjoying their frozen world.
Big Bed for Little Snow – Grace Lin From the author of Big Mooncake for Little Star, Big Bed for Little Snow also reimagines weather and science like a fairy tale- this time featuring a child named Snow and the fate he tempts by jumping on his new big fluffy bed! Ten Ways to Hear Snow – Cathay Camper Ten Ways to Hear Snow is a sweet story about a little girl visiting her visually impaired grandmother, excited to tell her about the world newly transformed by snow by noticing all the sounds it makes and sharing them over delicious home cooked food!. Sweetest Kulu – Celina Kalluk This bedtime story is based in Inuit culture and values as the animals of the arctic share their blessings to a sweet baby affectionately named “Kulu”, which is an Inuktitut term of endearment. Greenglass House – Kate Milford Greenglass House is a cozy mystery for middle grade readers. It’s set in a super cool old smugglers inn in the fictional town of Nagspeake in the middle of Winter that curiously becomes very popular to some rather unusual visitors!
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas Another favorite YA fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses (popularized by its acronym ACOTAR) is a fantasy reimagining of the world of Beauty and the Beast. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo Shadow and Bone is the first in a very popular YA series by beloved author Leigh Bardugo. It’s based in Russian folklore and set in a fictionalized version of Russia called “Ravka”. Check out the Netflix series when you’re finished! A Castle in the Clouds – Kerstin Gier Originally published in German, this YA romance is set in an old grand hotel in Sweden about to welcome guests for the New Year’s Eve Ball when mysterious guests visit and things start to go awry. Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson Truly Devious is the first in a series featuring Stevie, an aspiring detective who is obsessed with the academy she attends and the mysteries surrounding it, both new and old!
New Year’s Kiss – Lee Matthews This cute hallmark-style New Year’s romance set in a ski resort in Vermont is the perfect read to start the new year! Winterwood – Sarah Ernshaw The forest at night in the middle of Winter is the perfect eerie setting for any fairy tale fantasy, but this one features a mysterious main character, a maybe witch, an epic snowstorm, and plenty of secrets to unravel. We Are Okay – Nina LaCour We are Okay introduces readers to its protagonist, Marin, in her new life at her dorm on Winter break in New York where the past Summer slowly unravels in a beautiful emotional story described as an “intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch” by Penguin Random House. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell Eleanor and Park is a story told between two outcasts on their daily bus ride to school every morning and the friendship that forms between them that ends up saving both their lives.
Beartown – Fredrik Backman This is a novel about a hockey-obsessed town that becomes dangerously divided after several upsetting events bring out the best and worst of a tight-knit community. The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley This cozy mystery is set with a group of old friends from college on a Winter vacation in Scotland when one of them goes missing on New Year’s Day and all are suspects. The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner Two worlds collide in this story of magic and history- present day with Caroline who is spending her wedding anniversary trip boldly alone, and 1791 with apothecarist Nella who creates potions to respond to the oft ignored needs of women in her community. The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes The Giver of Stars brings a cast of brilliant women to illuminate the history of Horseback Librarians, who traveled the unforgiving mountainside, braving all kinds of weather with the mission of bringing literature to the community in rural Kentucky.
The Midnight Library – Matt Haig Imagine how different your life would be if you took a different path in college, if you never married, if you chose to live abroad- that’s just what the midnight library does in this fantasy novel by mental health advocate Matt Haig! The Sanatorium – Sarah Pearse What better setting for a cozy mystery than a former abandoned sanatorium-made minimalist hotel in the Swiss Alps? Detective Elin Warner visits for a short stay with her brother and his new fiance when a series of mysterious events make for an unforgettable stay. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie This classic mystery is the perfect companion for a cup of tea and a warm blanket by the fireside on a cold snowy night! The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah After returning from the Vietnam War, Ernt Allbright moves his wife and daughter to Alaska to live off the grid in search of a simpler life. When winter arrives, the desolate land threatens to bring more disquiet to the mental health of the family and forces through a new fight for survival.