5 Children’s Books to Read Together This Winter

The fireplace is crackling, the snow is falling gently outside, and you’re curled up on the couch with family, a cocoa, and a great book. This is what New England does best! Share the warmth of the winter season with these nature-themed children’s stories, available at the Audubon Shop. Pick one up on your next visit to Drumlin and encourage reading in your home.


  1. Winter Dance written by Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Richard Jones

Winter is coming. A young fox watches the other animals in the forest get ready and wonders what he should do during his first winter as an adult. Nothing his neighbors do seems right for him but he discovers the wonderful answer along this animal filled journey. Beautiful illustrations and lyrical text will make children want to read this story again and again. Grade Level: Preschool – 3rd. 


2. Bear Has a Story to Tell written by Phillip C Stead, Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

“It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy. But first, Bear had a story to tell…” A kind and adorable bear wants to tell all his friends a story. However, Bear discovers that Mouse, Duck, Frog and Mole are getting ready for winter, so he decides to help them instead. Can he make it through his story without succumbing to sleep himself? Grade Level: 1-2


3. Sugar on Snow by Nan Parson Rossiter

It’s early spring and sap’s rising on this family farm in rural New England. Discover how sap is harvested and turned into maple syrup with the help of everybody in the family.
Lovingly written and illustrated by Rossiter, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, the book captures the soft light of spring, the crisp air, and the excitement and hard work of syruping time. Grade Level: K-6


4. Nature All Year Long by Clare Walker Leslie

This books is perfect for parents and their budding naturalists to share as they observe and learn together throughout the new year. In “Nature All Year Long”, artist, teacher, and naturalist Clare Walker Leslie guides you through each month of the natural year. Walker includes how to identify animal tracks, set up a bird feeder, plant bulbs, keep a nature journal, learn the constellations, how to make maple syrup, and much more! Grade Level: 1-4.


5. Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by John Schoenherr‎ 

Join a little girl and her father to look for owls late one wintery night. Jane Yolen poetically tells  of the companionship between father and daughter and the owl moon that brings them together. Pick up a copy from the Audubon Shop at your next visit to Drumlin. Grade Level: Preschool-2


The Audubon Shop, located at Drumlin Farm, is open Tuesday–Sunday (and Monday Holidays)
10:00 am–5:00 pm. Shop their online store here.


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About Kelly R.

Where: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln & Metro West Sanctuaries Who: Farm-fanatic, house plant caretaker, and hiking aficionado living in Salem, bringing sustainable practices and outdoor adventures into everyday life. Favorite part of the job: lunch break walks around Drumlin Farm