If the winter cold has got you down come, join us at the Museum for some stories to warm the heart! We have an extensive collection of books in our Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library that visitors are always free to browse, plus free-with-Museum-Admission story time programs every week. Check out some of our favorite winter reads below!
Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon and Richard Simon, Illustrated by Mark Siegel
It’s 1938 and Oskar, a refugee from Nazi Europe, has just arrived in New York City on the seventh day of Hanukkah, which is also Christmas Eve. As Oskar makes his way from Battery Park downtown to his aunt’s house uptown, he is introduced to Manhattan during the holidays and receives random acts of kindness from strangers he meets along the way. Oskar and the Eight Blessings not only celebrates the holiday season in New York City, but also New York’s tradition of welcoming immigrants from all over the world.
Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A timeless classic! Written by famous New York City author Ezra Jack Keats, Snowy Day tells the story of Peter and his snow day adventure. This book will make adults feel nostalgic and children excited for winter weather!
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole
Brr! When it’s cold during winter, And Tango Makes Three warms our hearts by celebrating love and family in a cold climate. This lovely book tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins from the Central Park Zoo who fell in love. Biologically unable to hatch an egg of their own, Roy and Silo become the happy fathers of Tango after a zookeeper gives them an extra egg from another couple.
Bear’s New Year’s Party by Paul Owen Lewis
It’s almost time to welcome a new year and P. Bear is throwing a fancy party for all his friends! Join along in the countdown as P. Bear’s friends arrive—one whale at 1 o’clock, two horses at 2 o’clock, and so on all the way to midnight!
We hope you enjoy the books on our list as much as we do. Happy reading—and stay warm!
Shana H. Fung
Manager of Family Programs