10 Winter Books with Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors

10 Winter Books with Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors

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Exposing students to diverse books is important for building a classroom community where all children feel welcome and valued. Seeing themselves in the books they are reading is extremely important. Additionally students benefit from reading about characters that are different from them.

Reading books that are written by authors of diverse backgrounds is also important for students. Picture book authors can be role models for students, especially when students do author studies and read multiple books by the same author. Having books written by a wide background of authors helps students see that anyone can become an author.

Here are some books with winter themes that are written by a diverse range of authors for students to enjoy.

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A collection of short poems about winter topics in English and Spanish with beautiful artwork. Winner of the Pura Belpré Award.

Iguanas in the Snow: And Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la Nieve

This is the story of a families first winter in America. The children have a difficult time adjusting to the new climate and language of New York. A storyteller comes and helps introduce them to the local library and community. Winner of the Pura Belpré Award.

The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos


A young girls tell about the various uses for a rebozo (woven wrap) including keeping warm in the wintertime. Winner of the Pura Belpré Award.

What Can You Do With a Rebozo?/¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo?

A small candle is passed among families of an apartment complex to use for rituals and winter celebrations.

Winter Candle

This book is a lullaby sang by arctic animals to a new Inuit baby. It is the winner of Wordcraft Circle Award.

Sweetest Kulu

This is the story of a snowy winter day where a young boy explores how his world is transformed and finds a snowball that he tries to save it. Winner of the Caldecott Medal.

The Snowy Day

A girl and her mother walk through the snow and the mom draws Chinese characters. She then explains their meaning using surrounding pictures.

In The Snow

A young boy is excited for it to snow. The adults around him keep saying that it will not snow, or that the snow will not last. Finally he gets the snow he has been asking for. The characters use very short sentences or phrases as if it is not their first language. This is a Caldecott Honor Book.


One winter day a boy is bored. Then he meets Jack Frost and enjoys a fun winter day.

Kazuno Kohara grew up in Japan and now lives in the United Kingdom. The illustrations in her books are intricate linocut pictures.

Here Comes Jack Frost

A boy struggles with adjusting to American culture and learning English as he starts his new school. He gains confidence when he helps decorate his classroom for the Chinese New Year.

New Year


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