I don’t care how many days it has; February is undoubtedly the longest month of winter. When you’re at your wit’s end with a restless little person and sure there isn’t a single thing left to appreciate about the season, make some hot chocolate and curl up with one of these cozy reads.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
An essential winter read that is timelessly charming. Peter explores his world, blanketed in freshly fallen snow, in a way that will transport mamas and papas back to their own childhoods, and give kiddos an incentive to be patiently bundled into snow pants and hats and boots for adventures of their own.
Brave Irene by William Steig
Steig writes refreshing kid lit that can be sensitive and sentimental without being saccharine – if you’ve ever read Shrek or Doctor DeSoto, you know what I mean. Irene’s will is indomitable. Every toddler whining about having to wait two minutes for a waffle to toast needs to read about her perseverance. And the parents of those toddlers, too.
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
For oddballs everywhere, and lovers of oddballs everywhere. Tacky is nothing at all like the other penguins, but when hunters come with “maps and traps and rocks and locks” to “catch some pretty penguins,” Tacky’s differences save the day.