LSL by the Season: Winter Reading for Early Literacy

By Hearing First Team February 2, 2016

LSL Day by Day | listening and spoken language, Literacy Skills, Reading Aloud, Road to Literacy, Reading Handouts

Reading aloud everyday helps children with hearing loss build literacy skills. Here are five “winter” books with specific concepts, skills, and activities for incorporating Listening and Spoken Language strategies into your reading time.

Integrating listening, talking, singing, and reading into as many routines and special activities as possible should be a primary focus on your child’s listening and spoken language journey. By doing so, you’re helping them build listening and spoken language skills that are critical for fostering positive outcomes. In particular, reading aloud to your baby is the best thing you can do to open a whole new world of language and learning opportunities.

When families ask how to do this, we recommend that every parent and caregiver read “The Read Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease. 

Recommended by "Dear Abby" upon its first publication in 1982, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease’s beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. It has also been a staple in schools of education for new teachers. This updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including the good and bad news on digital learning),The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.

Publisher Book Description

It just so happens that this time of year is a fantastic time to put this skill into use! No matter where you live it’s important that children learn about seasons. This month we want to celebrate winter with reading skills. Each day brings new opportunities to read, sing, and enjoy seasonal activities with your baby. Books provide the opportunity to introduce new vocabulary and concepts that they might not be exposed to due to where you live or what your everyday experiences are. Your baby may never have seen snow or know what a snowsuit looks like! Books can grow your baby’s vocabulary and understanding of the world outside of their direct experience.  

Here are 5 popular winter books with concepts, activities, and links to help you start reading and learning with your child:


“The Mitten” by Jan Brett

“The Mitten” by Jan Brett

For Ages 4-8. One by one, forest animals make their way inside a mitten to get out of the cold.


“Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson

“Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson; Illustrated by Jane Chapman

For Ages 2-5. Bear's cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps.

“In a cave in the woods,
In his deep, dark lair,
Through the long, cold winter
Sleeps a great brown bear.”


“The Three Snow Bears” by Jan Brett

“The Three Snow Bears” by Jan Brett

For Ages 4-8. A winter take on the classic story of “The Three Bears.”


“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

For Ages 3-5. Wake up with Peter to a snow-covered day where adventure awaits. In simple words and beautiful pictures, this Caldecott-winning book conveys the silent wonder of a city snowfall and a small boy's solitary delight in it.


Alt Tag: “Baby Loves Winter” by Karen Katz

“Baby Loves Winter” by Karen Katz

For Ages 1-4. Baby explores winter and discovers new things like a red sled, a big snowplow, a nice groundhog, and more. Little ones will love lifting the flaps in this book to reveal the things that Baby discovers. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.



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How do you make reading more fun? Tell us with a comment below! Sharing parts of your LSL journey like this is just one way you can positively impact other LSL families and professionals.

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About the Author

Hearing First Team At Hearing First, we want all children to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening, the advances in technology, and the early learning services in their communities. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success.