Appreciating Gray Winter Days through Picture Books

Gray winter days are fast approaching in Pittsburgh, and many of us do not look forward to the dreariness. Learning to appreciate this time of year can be difficult, so the picture books included in this list offer many different strategies for making the most of it. Whether you would rather hide away indoors and get lost in a book and a delicious soup, or if you would rather embrace the cold and the snow, these books remind us that winter can not only be endured but enjoyed.  

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Bus Stop

A group of neighborhood kids keep themselves entertained as they bide their time waiting for the bus until a snow day is called, much to everyone’s delight. 

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A Day so Gray

A winter’s day is transformed from bleak to beautiful by warm friendship and a new perspective. 

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Once Upon a Book

Alice can go anywhere in the magical pages of her favorite book. So, when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure. But at the end of her imaginative journey, she yearns for the place she loves best of all.

The Shortest Day

A celebration of the winter solstice and the Yuletide season.

Soup Day

A mother and child spend a snowy day together buying and preparing vegetables, assembling ingredients, and playing while their big pot of soup bubbles on the stove. Includes a recipe for “Snowy Day Vegetable Soup.” 

Ten Ways to Hear Snow

Walking to her grandmother’s home to help make warak enab, Lina discovers many ways to hear snow, from the scrape of a shovel on a sidewalk to the quiet parts of snowman-building.