Readers of Life Unexpected will know by now that we’re obsessed with books.

We are spoilt for choice nowadays with stunningly illustrated and beautifully worded picture books aren’t we?

With all this choice around, I seriously love switching up Evie’s bookshelves. Everyday we sit in her little reading corner and she chooses books for us to read to her.

Isn’t it just magical seeing your little one absorbed in a book?

This month we’ve been teaching Evie about Winter so have bought some appropriately themed books. Here are the Winter themed books that are currently on the ‘front row’ of Evie’s bookshelf:

What's On Evie's Winter Bookshelf

We read themed books in Autumn, at Halloween and at Christmas, and noticed that it really helped to develop Evie’s recognition for things a lot quicker.

We have always found that her learning is amplified when we combine reading themed books with doing relatable crafts, so last week we also made some homemade snow and created some easy toddler winter crafts.

Definitely check them out if you’re stuck for messy play ideas!

In just under a week, Evie has already learnt to say and recognise snow, snowmen and the clothing associated with winter. She also understands that winter is cold and windy.

We usually get all of our books from Amazon or independent bookstores in our local town. But, we also find that our local library is incredible for ordering books in, so be sure to check out your library for these books, if you love them as much as we do!

I think these are by far our favourite themed books of the year so far. Even the front covers are beautiful and the illustrations in each are captivating.

Evies Winter Bookshelf

Let It Snow – This is a stunningly illustrated poetic book that takes you throughout the season through the eyes of family life, from building snowmen, to drinking hot chocolate by the fire’s warm glow, to seeing the first hints of Spring!

Stick Man – Another beautiful book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Stick Man is a heartwarming tale about a little Stick Man who lives in a family tree with his family. One winters day Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! The adventure continues as Stick Man finds himself getting further and further from home. Will he find his way back?

Winter – This board book is perfect for introducing changing seasons to your toddler. It follows a few children as they discover and explore winter, through both indoor and outdoor play.

Winter Is Here! – This book has incredible original watercolor illustrations and it takes you on a journey through winter. From building snowmen, to baking cookies, to discovering nature at it’s best, it really is a warming book to read to your toddler.

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit – This book is my ultimate favourite out of the bunch. It’s filled with the most beautiful illustrations and a simple, but lyrical text that will captivate even the youngest of readers and listeners. It introduces themes like hibernation, migration and the changing of seasons by following what different animals do when Winter arrives.

If you liked this post be sure to check out our ‘5 Outdoor Rainy Day Activities‘ and our ‘Winter Walk In St. Ives‘.

Do you like to switch up your books? What books are on your bookshelf? Do you have an all time favourite seasonal book?

*This post contains affiliate links which means that I can earn a little bit of money if you buy anything. Anything money made will be put back into Evie’s book fund!



  1. February 2, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Aww we love the stick man! That snow rabbit book looks fab’! I really need to rotate my kids books more!

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:19 am

      The Snow Rabbit is seriously beautiful. The illustrations are out of this world! Stick Man is so cute. I really want to do a trail soon. x

  2. Gemma @ A Gem's Life
    February 2, 2016 / 10:01 am

    I adore Julia Donaldson! Did you watch The Stickman on TV over Christmas? I loved it! Such a lovelt story 🙂

    Gemma xx

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Yes I did. Such a beautiful little film. I’ve just seen it’s out on DVD too! x

  3. February 2, 2016 / 10:30 am

    I’ll have to check these out, the only one that I have read is Stick Man which is a big favourite in our house. This was our most read book over Christmas and the kids enjoyed seeing the TV version of it on Christmas day too.

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:20 am

      I love Stick Man!!! It’s such a lovely story. x

  4. Jess
    February 2, 2016 / 11:19 am

    A lovely collection of books! My little girl isn’t the biggest book fan at the moment but she does have her moments, it’s an effort getting her to sit still for 10 minutes lol. But now she’s approaching 4 I will have to try her with some older ones I think! x

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:23 am

      Thank you so much. We found going to the library helped Evie love books even more. Getting to choose her own and be independent made her want to read them even more. x

  5. February 2, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    I love the stick man and in fact and Julia Donaldson book. Have you read Penguin Small? That’s a great winter book too x

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:24 am

      I love her books so much. I haven’t read Penguin Small. But I’m off to google it now. We have so many of her books. They’re all so brilliant. x

  6. February 2, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Ah love these books. We read like this too, each night a season themed book. I agree it helps with recognition of times and things going on around. We have the stick man book its one of our favs. x

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:26 am

      Thank you so much. It really does help with recognition of things. Books are so incredible! x

  7. February 2, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    How lovely that you update Evie’s bookshelf each season. Id love to buy Rosalie so winter themed books. I’m off to look for those you recommended now x

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:26 am

      Places like Amazon are great for buying books on a budget. And the library are great for hiring them too x

  8. February 2, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I can’t believe i never thought to use the seasons as themes for stories and learning. Great idea – also makes the most of a really cold winter!

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:27 am

      Thank you so much. We’re going to extend it out to different learning topics soon too like the sea, or weather. x

  9. February 2, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    ooh I love stickman and have not read any of the others. Sylvia and I love younger aged books like these. They are fun to read and i’m a fan of illustrated books too. Thanks for sharing.

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:28 am

      These books are all so beautifully illustrated. I think they’re more captivating when there are enchanting drawings too x

  10. February 2, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Stick Man keeps cropping up and I have to confess I haven’t read it. We have a lot of the Julia Donaldson books but not this one. I’ll have to get acopy.

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:32 am

      It’s brilliant. I love all of her books so much. x

  11. February 3, 2016 / 11:16 am

    We love winter books! They are so fun & exciting. The only downside is it makes my kids want snow, which we never get in Ireland! I keep hearing great things about the Stick Man book, I’m going to have to get it! x

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:36 am

      We don’t get it in Cornwall either. We ended up making our own last week in a little sensory box. Stick Man is so lovely! x

  12. February 3, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    These are such cute books. We have the Autumn is here one and i’ve just bought spring is here for the boys Easter basket x

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:41 am

      Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to do Evie’s easter basket this year. The older they get the more fun it gets. x

  13. February 4, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I love the idea of having seasonal books.I never did this with Bella but I could do this with Sienna so thanks for the tip. We have only read the Stick Man. I didn’t know about the other ones but they look great! Bella loves the Stick Man and she asks to watch the short movie all the time. 🙂 xx

    • February 6, 2016 / 8:46 am

      Stick Man is so good isn’t it. Such a lovely storyline! x

  14. February 6, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I struggle to get my son to accept new books but I do like the idea of introducing seasonal ones. We’ve just bought Stick Man (he loves the ‘younger’ Julia Donaldson books so this seemed like a good progression) and are waiting for it to arrive, but the Snow Rabbit one sounds like one to add to the list!

  15. February 7, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Those books look brilliant Chloe, I will have to bookmark this page for next year. I am hoping reading is something Kinley and I can do lots once both boys are at full time school next year! xx

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