Books to Beat the Winter Blues

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As parents to rambunctious kids, when it comes to keeping our kiddos occupied during the winter months, we can never have too many indoor activities to fall back on. But, when your local play space knows your kids by their first name (and their favorite color and animal and birthday), and your fridge is covered in art projects galore, it’s time to call in the reinforcements: books. We recently spoke with our friends in the Children’s Department at Chronicle Books who let us in on a few titles that are worthy of a trip to the book store.

For your baby who can’t read….

Little Pig, Finger Puppet Book
The latest books in the best-selling “Little Books” series introduce babies to new animal friends. A fuzzy finger puppet securely affixed to the back peeks through a hole in every page. Check out Little Pig or Little Dolphin.


For your toddler with the wiggles…

Press Here by Herve Tullet
Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next!


For your preschooler who is learning her ABC’s…

Backseat A-B-C by Maria Van Lieshout
Vroom! Vroom! From the backseat, what do you see? Whether on a cross-country road trip or a quick jaunt across town, there’s no end to what a child can see from the backseat of a car. Using familiar road signs, this striking book introduces little ones not just to the alphabet but also to the world around them.


For your grade school kid who you want to tear away from the iPad…

Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst
Illustrated by Arjen Noordeman, Christie Wright and Jelmer Noordeman
Young readers will meet dozens of the weirdest, coolest, most oddly-named animals in the world and learn the answers to: Which animal can be found at the top of Mount Everest, 10,000 feet under the sea, and in your backyard? Which animal poops cubes? Which animal can disguise itself as a giant crab?


What titles are your kids reading this winter?