January can bring snow and ice or spring-like weather, but no matter what the temperature, it’s a great time to snuggle up with a little reader and a great book. Stock your shelves or visit your local library to check out these delightful new reads for kids. 

Snowman’s Magic Hat: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Jeffrey Burton, illustrated by Ross Burach (Simon & Schuster, ages 5 and younger) This fun little board book is packed with delight that will have little ones trying to say the perfect magic words to create a snowman. Get them ready for winter with this interactive treat.

This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer by Joan Holub, illustrated by Daniel Roode (Simon & Schuster, ages 3 – 5) What happens when people dream big? They can change the world. This board book showcases little dreamers who made big things happen when they grew up. From Sojourner Truth and John Muir to Clara Barton and Martin Luther King, Jr., parents and little ones can use these mini-biographies to talk about the values that matter to them. 

Red Sled by Lita Judge (Little Simon, ages 1 – 5) Have fun with this board book and let littles make the sounds of animals careening through the winter night on the perfect red sled. It’s almost wordless, but the engaging illustrations and the “scrinch” and “gadung” of sleds and paws on snow will inspire plenty of giggles. 

Hand in Hand by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Sheryl Murray (Little Simon, ages 5 and younger) From the author of the beloved “Biscuit” series comes a board book that is the ideal first book for babies. With softly illustrated scenes of mom and toddler spending the day together, rhyming text will build vocabulary and also help sleepy eyes settle in at the end of the day. This one makes a great baby shower gift. 

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Constance R. Bergum (Peachtree Books, ages 4 – 8) We might not have much in the way of snow cover in the Upstate, but that shouldn’t stop children from learning about how animals survive the winter and get ready for spring. This science-based book also has a corresponding teacher’s guide available as a free PDF online, making it perfect for classroom use, too. 

Roly Poly by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jane Dyer (Simon & Schuster, ages 4 – 8) Mem Fox and Jane Dyer have crafted a beautiful story about the familiar rivalry of siblings – who mostly live happily ever after. Older brothers and sisters will find this tale of felted polar bears Roly Poly and Monty to be especially fun. 

All Around Bustletown: Winter by Rotraut Susanne Berner (Prestel Junior, ages 2 – 5) This large-scale board book is a great way for kids to lose hours, without a single screen in sight. It’s the “Where’s Waldo” of pretty much every detail of a town and its buildings, with gathering snowflakes falling from flurries to groundcover throughout. Find something new with each look at the pages. 

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