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Winter Is the Warmest Season

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  276 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Most people think summer is the warmest season. This story, however, is brimming with evidence to the contrary--from roaring fires to grilled cheese sandwiches to toasty flannel pajamas. A unique twist on the traditional wintertime picture book, the beautiful visual narrative follows a boy and his family though a day of hot breakfasts, steaming afternoon cocoa, and a festi ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Dec 06, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
A very warm and cozy book sharing how winter, despite the cold temperatures, is actually the *warmest* season because of all the snuggly and cozy and generous things people do in the winter. The child in the story drinks hot cocoa in winter, while summer has ice cold drinks. In summer he (?) swims in cool swimming pools but in winter enjoys hot bubble baths. And, best of all, people seem warmer in winter--hugs are deeper and last longer, and people are more merry and "warm" in festivities.

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What a wonderful story, and what a fitting and lovely sentiment with regard to one of my favourite seasons, winter (and I mean real winter, with snow, skiing, warm clothing and simple, but sweet laughter and joys). Both text and illustration warm your heart, your toes, your spirit, your entire body (inside and out). If more children (and yes, more adults) possessed and demonstrated this kind of joy, this kind of loving and exuberant attitude, the world would be much warmer, brighter, more liveab ...more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 19, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy family reading, bedtime stories, etc.
I loved the premise of the story from the start, that winter is the warmest season for so many reasons, such as cats who sit on laps instead of windowsills, the hot food and drinks, the warm clothes, and so much more.

But, it took me several pages to warm up to the book because I had to get used to the illustrative style, but then I really liked it.

The art style isn’t my very favorite but I ended up loving many of the illustrations. I loved the family’s cats and dog, and the hibernating animals,
Nov 15, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
The child narrator of this book is devoted to convincing us that winter is the warmest season (yes, yes, you guessed that from the title, you're very clever).

The examples *are* convincing - in winter, we have feet on our pajamas, we eat grilled cheese instead of cold jelly, we turn on radiators instead of fans, the cats sleep on our laps instead of on our windowsills. However, what I really like about this book is the artwork. They just make me feel emotionally... well... warm. I know that that'
Andrea Hussey
Dec 29, 2016 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it
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Dec 29, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok
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Dec 08, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a terrific story about winter. It shows all the warmth and coziness that surrounds the season and all the reasons why it's "warmer" than summer. This book highlights the reasons I like the season - the warm and tasty crockpot meals that have cooked all day, the hot cocoa, the warm fire and curling up on the couch with a blanket (and maybe a cat or child in my lap) and a good book. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the season outside of the holidays, especially good on a cold winter's day ...more
I adore this book, its descriptions and unexpected imagery. I have a collection of Christmas picture books and this is one of my favorites....although it isn't about Christmas, now that I think about it. It is just about winter. I used it in a classroom of teenagers once and then had them write in a similar way about winter by having them change "warmest" to a different superlative adjective. Good exercise in specific sensory imagery!
Aug 08, 2016 Emyrose8 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
Winter is not my favorite season. I am always freezing cold! But this book (inspired by a comment her son made once) challenges the idea that winter is the coldest. It's actually the warmest! You wear warm clothes, eat warm food and drink warm drinks... Lauren Stringer purposely used warm colors for winter and cool colors for summer. A great read-aloud book!
Dec 05, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it
For a girl who grew up in AZ and who hates the cold, this book really made me appreciate there is much to be grateful for in winter...and that even if you are cold outside, you can be warm on the inside. It had my 7 yo arguing with the book (lol!), summer is the warmest season, not winter. Really a great book and a great message without being preachy.
Dec 25, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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May 25, 2008 YoSafBridg rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-and-read
Sometimes, when i show her a newly acquired picture book my mom will sometimes ask me "Oh, is that for (My Nephew) or (My Niece)?" and i, sometimes, rather sheepishly, say "No," or "Oh, . . . maybe . . ." (when really they are just for me.)
If you don't have kids, or nieces, or nephews, or grandchildren, or aren't a teacher, or librarian, or don't frequent bookstores or libraries, or, just whatever might make you pick up a children's book every now and then... you are really missing out on some w
Dancing Snowflakes

Softly, softly, Can you hear (cup ear)
snowflakes floating down?
they don't even whisper (finger to lips)
as they dance from sky to ground (wave arm from sky to ground)
Snowflakes gently tickle (cross arms across self)
on my nose or on my ears (point to nose and ears)
But I can catch one on my tongue before it disappears (stick out tongue)

Winter Pokey (tune of hokey pokey)
You put your right mitten in
shake all about
You do the winter pokey (shiver)
and you turn yourself about
Alisha Funkhouser
Oct 06, 2014 Alisha Funkhouser rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Stringer, L. (2006). Winter is the warmest season. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt.

Library of Virginia


I LOVED this book! I definitely need to go buy this book for my bookshelf at home. Winter is the Warmest Season is a boy telling why winter is the warmest season. He turns his summer things and activities into warm things like a cool summer swim in the pool to a winter's hot bath. His ice-cold milk turns to hot chocolate and his PB&J sandwiches turn into grilled cheeses. I really felt lik
May 28, 2015 Larissa rated it liked it
Stringer, Lauren. Winter Is the Warmest Season. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2006. Print. Ages 6-8. This book is a simple and easy read for students who do not necessarily enjoy talking about winter, but makes you really appreciate all of the good things that winter brings. This book discusses how awesome winter is and the lessons to learn and to appreciate it from winter. It makes you think and realize the best parts about winter, other than the fact that it is super cold out. I thought I wasn't goin ...more
Shannon Wick
Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer is a heart warming book about a child who describes winter as the warmest season because of all of the pleasant ways to stay warm such as sipping hot chocolate, eating grilled cheese sandwiches, wearing woolly sweaters, and sitting near a glowing fireplace close to family. Using incredible insight on word choice, Lauren Stringer is able to take this idea of winter being the coldest season of the year, and turning it around for the reader to see tha ...more
Meg McGregor
Jan 31, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
This is a book about my favorite season - winter!

As I have mentioned before, we living in Nevada, don't get to experience the full beauty of winter.

But, with books like this one, my little ones can experience winter, by using their imaginations while listening to me read it to them and by perusing each of the outstanding illustrations.

I particularly appreciate the wonderful use of language in this story. It is not "dumbed down" for its young readers!

Here is one passage I really like.

"When winter
Rosa Cline
Jan 15, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, winter, 2016, 2014
This is a cute book that helps the reader- listener think "beyond the box" of how people feel about winter.. Usually a very cold, dreary season. The child in the book helps the listener-reader realize that with the cozy fire, a warm lap to listen to a story by, warm blankets to snuggle up in, hot chocolate etc that winter can be a very warm season! A cute little story. (The pictures although very nice can sometimes be overwhelming to a younger listener. Sometimes they are very creative and very ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
I read this to my 4 year old granddaughter who enjoyed wondering why anyone would say winter was warm, especially since we just had a very cold spell of below zero weather. It’s a delightful turnabout book, showing all the cozy ways we find warmth in the winter, like cuddly covers and warm woolen mittens! The pictures are exaggerated, but realistic, filled with warm colors. For example, one page shows a boy reading a book, “The Joy of Hot Food” while cocoa and grilled cheese sits on the table w ...more
Nicole Holloway
This book is about why this boy feels that winter is the warmest season. He goes through different examples of why winter is the warmest season and how different things make it warm. He lists all his favorite things to do when it is cold outside that help to make him feel warm. The illustrations did a great job and making it look like winter but convey a warm feeling. The text uses great descriptions of each and every detail that the boy is trying to use as an example. I feel that this book does ...more
Christine Turner
Most people think summer is the warmest season. This story, however, is brimming with evidence to the contrary--from roaring fires to grilled cheese sandwiches to toasty flannel pajamas. A unique twist on the traditional wintertime picture book, the beautiful visual narrative follows a boy and his family though a day of hot breakfasts, steaming afternoon cocoa, and a festive candlelit party before bed. With its inviting scenes, poetic text,and gorgeous illustrations, Winter Is the Warmest Season ...more
May 19, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
I love this book and would happily revisit it in future winter seasons with my students. The illustrations are warm and rich, really honoring the title, and the author makes a great argument for why winter could actually be the warmest season of the year. With my preschool students (three to five years old), it really depends on the group as to whether or not the "get" the multiple definitions/understandings of "warmth" but I value having a book that pushes their understanding of language in tha ...more
Dec 11, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Very sweet book on how winter CAN be the warmest season to some. I love the analogies of summer to winter things such as iced milk becomes hot cocoa and jelly sandwiches become grilled cheese. I paired this with a drawing activity for my kids on what they like to do most during the winter and they loved it!
Jan 23, 2010 Tara rated it liked it
My son has recently decided to make this one a favorite to read at bedtime. It is a very cute book. I love the scene where it shows snowmen above and the animals underneath the ground. My son likes to pile himself under his thick blanket after reading it.
I fun read when it is chilly outside.
Bridget Gambaiani
Feb 03, 2014 Bridget Gambaiani rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Winter is my least favorite season. This book reminds me that winter has its merits. I’m only giving this three stars because my kids said it was just ok. I thought it was wonderful. The pictures and the story bring to life all the wonderful warmth that can be found in winter from hot bowls of soup to kitties on your lap.

Media: Hard Cover via the library
Jan 10, 2013 babyhippoface rated it liked it
A little boy tells all the reasons he believes winter is the warmest season of all: hot chocolate, fireplaces blazing, footie pajamas, beds piled high with quilts, and more. The illustrations are bright with swirls of color and the imagery is even stronger. This is a good one for sharing in classroom units on winter or one-on-one at home, in front of one of those blazing fireplaces.
Scottsdale Public Library
Even though winter can be quite cold, there are many pleasant ways to stay warm throughout the season. A sweet book that reminds you, even when it is cold, how very warm winter can be!

-Jennifer W.O.-

Laura Komos
Oct 15, 2011 Laura Komos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Stringer's interesting take on Winter being the warmest season made me smile! It provided a great idea starter for my first grade writers. We also enjoyed brainstorming why Summer is the coldest season!
Dec 30, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it
Used in my first storytime, (winter/snow theme). A couple spreads were hard to convey to the group (especially living in Texas where radiators are foreign) but liked the warm complex illustrations for conveying the story.
Dec 09, 2013 Arlen rated it really liked it
Lovely art and fun concepts for children - the reasons why the coldest season can be the warmest season. It contains the basics of good critical thinking skills.
I'm looking forward to using it in a pre-school storytime.
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LAUREN STRINGER is an artist, author, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, MN. She received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and continued her art education with the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program in NYC. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in museums and galleries across the country. In 1991 she received th ...more
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