Looking for a fun winter book list? Try these books about mittens!
Are you a winter person?
I grew up in the Southeast and now live with my family in the Midwest.
Having grown up without snow, I don’t see it as an essential element of childhood. My kids would disagree. To them, winter means building snowmen, going sledding with Daddy, and eating snow (sigh – I’ve stopped fighting it).
To me, winter means bundling up lots of little kids and buckling them up in carseats while trying not to freeze. Not to mention keeping track of an abundance of winter gear for six young kiddos.
But I do enjoy winter from the indoors… there’s nothing like cozying up on the couch for some favorite books while the snow falls! I hope you enjoy this newest addition to our winter book lists.
Books about mittens
Three Little Kittens, by Paul Galdone
Children love this classic nursery rhyme, and it’s even better with Galdone’s beautiful illustrations. It’s no surprise that this was a favorite of my Three. If your child knows the rhyme, he might enjoy “reading” the book himself.
Three Little Kittens, by Lorianne Siomades
Here’s another version of the classic Mother Goose rhyme. My Three enjoyed the modern illustrations with their bold pastel colors.
Three Little Kittens, by Jerry Pinkney
Personally, I prefer this version of the classic rhyme because Pinkney added additional details. This made the book more of a story instead of just a nursery rhyme. As always, Pinkney’s illustrations are stunning. Recommended!
A Mountain of Mittens, by Lynn Plourde
We enjoyed this book about children who keep leaving their mittens at school until a mountain of mittens grows out of control. My preschooler liked the fun refrain: “Mittens, mittens, my oh my! A mountain of mittens, piled up high.”
The Mitten, by Jim Aylesworth
Are you familiar with this Ukrainian folktale? A boy drops his mitten in the winter snow, and one by one animals climb into the mitten to stay warm. The mitten gets bigger and bigger, until a tiny animal causes it to burst. We enjoyed this book, but I got tired of it after a few readings. The dialogue felt too repetitive.
The Mitten, by Alex Tresselt
I was surprised at how much my boys enjoyed this version of the folktale because the illustrations are very simple with little color. However, the book has a unique set of animals – including a wolf, warthog, and cricket.
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
This is yet another variation of the classic tale, and this one wins for the pictures. Every time you turn the page in Brett’s books you get another masterpiece. Personally I have found her stories somewhat boring, but I realize I am in the minority. This one is perhaps her best known book, and the classic story is well told.
One Mitten, by Kristine O’Connell George
This is a sweet, simple book about the fun a girl has with her mittens. It’s a rhyming book just right for toddlers and preschoolers.
The Missing Mitten Mystery, by Steven Kellogg
I’ve always loved Kellogg’s illustrations, and this book is no exception. When a girl loses her mitten, she follows her tracks and imagines what could have happened to it. Did an eagle carry it off to keep its baby’s head warm? Is a mouse using it as a sleeping bag? Is it growing in the snow to become a mitten tree? A fun, engaging book.
The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen
We adored this book about Sarah, an older woman who lives alone and watches the children at the bus stop. When she notices that one boy has no mittens, she knits him a pair and leaves them on the blue spruce tree for him to discover. The children learn to watch for new mittens on the tree every morning. The children never find out who’s leaving the mittens, but someone knows … Sarah finds a gift of yarn on her doorstep.
The Three Little Kittens, by Anna Alter
This is another cute version of the familiar rhyme, but my Three noticed that it was abbreviated. “It doesn’t say they got their mittens dirty!” I like the soft, beautiful illustrations.
The Mitten String, by Jennifer Rosen
This is a lovely book about little Ruthie Tober, who knits mittens from her family’s sheep’s wool. When a deaf woman and her baby come to stay with them, Ruthie creates a special pair of mittens. Highly recommended!
Too Many Mittens, by Slobodkin
This is a vintage book (1958) about twin boys who lose red mittens. When neighbors get word of it, every time someone finds a red mitten they bring it to the house – until the boys have a drawer overflowing with mittens. Even though it’s a vintage book with very little color, my Three enjoyed it.
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