Winter Storytime

We’re all about honouring the season AND our community here at Jbrary and so this week we bring you a wonderfully winter storytime! For the full run down of all of our winter songs and rhymes be sure to check out our Winter Storytime playlist and our Winter Storytime board on Pinterest for books, felts and craft ideas. Now, let’s get started before your hot chocolate cools!

Songs and Rhymes

This is a perfect storytime song because it work beautifully for babies (have parents bounce them gently on their knees) or big kids (tell them to put their legs out in front of them and hang on) or both! To extend the song ask for ideas of what else could happen on their little blue sled.

Often underrated, the Calm Down song is a crucial tool in your storytime toolkit and why not have one that fits your theme? This version of Twinkle, Twinkle could be done with scarves or just voices but is guaranteed to tame the wildest crew.

We love this version of We Wish You a Merry Christmas because it allows you to ask your storytimers what they are celebrating and sing about just that. Feel free to spread winter,  presents and rainbow kitten cheer!

I may have shared this in every post since we recorded it but I simply cannot get enough of this song. Use scarves or just your hands as the sun, rain, leaves and *fingers crossed* snow!


A couple new books which came out in 2015 and would be perfect in a storytime at this time of year are  First Snow by Peter McCarty which is about cousin Pedro visiting and experiencing snow for the first time and Supertruck by Stephen Savage which is one part super hero book one part truck book resulting in one great wintery rescue! And then I have my old favourites including Jingle Jingle by Nicola Smee, A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser and Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman

snowjinglesupertruck minerva  waiting  ten

For more Winter Storytime ideas  check out Erin’s brrrrilliant Polar Animals Storytime, Animals in Winter and Winter Toddler Time posts. At Reading with Red Brooke’s got a fantastic Make a Snowman play and learn centre to check out. For more book ideas Katie Fitzgerald at Story Time Secrets collected 10 Picture Books About Winter Clothing plus some awesome activities linked at the bottom. And because she’s the bestest Rebecca at Sturdy for Common Things has put together another definitive seasonal booklist Favourite Children’s Books About Winter! So there you have it folks, lots of great wintery storytime ideas and of course please share your favourites down below.


7 thoughts on “Winter Storytime

  1. “Brrrrilliant” = nice! Thanks for this storytime fodder, Jbrary 🙂

  2. 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch is one of my absolute favorites for a winter storytime. It’s so much fun to read “Papa! Wake up!” Kids join in, adding to the fun. Love your website and songs. Keep them coming!

  3. Fantastic ideas – I got so many new story time book ideas for my winter and snow story time in January. Thanks for your great work!

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