Creating a seasonal children’s bookshelf

Winter children's bookshelf

Having spent time as a bookseller, I love arranging little displays of seasonal books. Every few weeks I like to put out a few seasonal books on our Ikea picture ledge.

After the cold weather at the weekend, I picked out a few wintery-feeling books. I’m not sure it’s technically winter yet, but it feels wintery. Some of these are old favourites, some are new – but all give a sense of the excitement of the season to come.

Seasonal bookshelf

Here’s what’s on our shelf this week:

Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day by Axel Scheffler

Winter Story by Jill Barklem. This is my childhood copy, very precious, but the boys enjoy reading it now and again.

A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld. This actually always stays on the picture ledge. Every page is so beautiful and it covers all the seasons.

Mog’s Christmas Calamity by Judith Kerr. This is the first Christmas book to have crept in – it’s a special book produced by Sainsbury’s to go with their Christmas advert. I actually prefer the original Mog’s Christmas, which we’ll get out in a few weeks with the other festive books.

What to look for in Winter, A Ladybird Nature book. This is out of print, but is easily found on eBay or through the second hand book sellers on Amazon. It’s a bit serious for little ones, but the pictures appeal to me.

What would you put on your shelf? In a week or so, I’ll be sharing our favourite Christmas books. 

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  1. November 24, 2015 / 6:31 am

    What a lovely idea. My daughter has so many books I probably ought to rotate them on some sort of seasonal basis – all I do is take out the Christmassy ones after Christmas and put them out again the following year when we get the advent calendar out. But I could probably pull out a few more seasonal themes, to vary it up a bit for her.

    • marmaladepie
      November 24, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Glad you like it! We have so many books too and picture flats can get a bit lost on a bookshelf can’t they? 🙂

  2. November 24, 2015 / 7:30 am

    Winter and Christmas themed books are always out in our house as Michael is mad for all things festive. Our favourite books at the moment are Stick Man, Raymond Brigg’s ‘Father Christmas’, and ‘A Winter’s Night’ – which I admit is a favourite of mine.

    I do need to find a few new Christmas books so may have to buy the Mog one. Xxx

    • marmaladepie
      November 24, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      We love those ones too Catherine! I also love Lucy and Tom’s Christmas and Alfies’ Christmas by Shirley Hughes xx

    • marmaladepie
      November 24, 2015 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks Gemma! x

  3. November 24, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Is that a Brambly Hedge book I spy in amongst the mix?!?! Goodness it just took me right back to being little. What a lovely idea and such a nice way to welcome the changing of the seasons (like you I never know when autumn changes to winter) Xx

    • marmaladepie
      November 25, 2015 / 12:02 pm

      It’s one of my old childhood Brambly Hedge books Lins – they were always my favourites and still are! I think we could do the same with grown up books too – like cookery and art books! x

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