YA Wednesday: Winter Wonderland

snowy-woodsAlthough here in Boston winter took a long time coming, the temperature has finally plummeted and there’s actual snow on the ground. No more of that 40-degree pseudo-winter! Being a true New Englander, I always embraced winter with downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating. But let’s not forget the indoor joys of cold weather and snow: cozying up in front of a fire in a comfy armchair with a good book. I’ll never forget reading Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day as a kid and falling into the winter wonderland of the story, exploring the snow-filled world with Peter as he ventured out into the blanketed city. I empathized with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s winter hardships on the prairie. I cringed at the ill-fated sled ride in Ethan Frome. I marveled at the snowy woods in Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. There’s just something about winter that makes you want to hunker down and read. So, time to grab a hot chocolate, pop some corn, light the fire, and settle in. And to complement the weather and your cozy mood, here are some links for your YA winter reading.

• Since snow’s already covering the ground, try 13 Best YA Books to Read When the Snow Inevitably Falls.

• In case that fire doesn’t warm you enough, here are the Best YA Books to Keep You Warm When the Weather Gets Chilly.

• Let’s hope we don’t have another 100+ inches of snow that we had last winter, but just in case, here are 8 Wintry YA & Adult Fiction Books to Read While You’re Hunkered Down for the Snowpocalypse.

• If you’re craving a reading experience to mimic the frozen landscape outside, try 20 winter themed YA books for your reading pleasure.

• On The Hub, Kelly Dickinson discusses her favorite winter wonderland teen classics.

• Finally, if the cold weather inspires you to fire up the oven and do some baking, follow these YA inspired recipes from EpicReads.

Most importantly, stay safe and warm and avoid frostbite at all costs!


  1. Stephanie Gayle

    When I read non-fiction or historical fiction set in winter, I want to get up and kiss my thermostat and indoor plumbing and every modern convenience that keeps me warm and comfortable.

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