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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

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Picture Books We Love

Four Cozy Picture Books to Share

While some may be itching for Spring and the end of long cold and snowy days here in New England, I’m still quite content to be curled up inside with a good book while watching the snowflakes fly and temperatures drop outside. Whether you’re like me and are enjoying the winter or are in need of a good distraction for you and your little ones until the weather gets nice, here is a short list of my favorite cozy picture books. These are ones that you can return to again and again and each time can spend long periods of time slowly enjoying each page, each illustration and discover more each time. These are what I call lap-reads. They are not action-packed or laugh-out-loud storytime books, but instead the cozy, snuggly, before-naptime-or-bedtime books.  Whether you’ve read them before or they are new to you, these favorites of mine are perfect for a cozy afternoon.  


The Maggie B. by Irene Haas (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1975)

You will wish you could spend a night at sea on Margaret’s tidy and cozy ship. Busy cooking, cleaning, gardening, looking after her brother and the boat, not even the roughest storm can ruin this adventure. Read our full review here.

Let’s Go Home by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002).

 There really is no place like home. Season-by-season, room-by-room, discover all the little things that make a home feel lived-in and special.


The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2010)

Curl up and softly read aloud all the different kinds of quiet. Accompanied by sweet animal illustrations, this book is simply irresistible. Read our full review here.


The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, illustrated by Gail de Marcken (Scholastic Press, 2001)

The faiytale-like story of an old quiltmaker who teaches a greedy king the true meaning of happiness. Beautiful, detailed watercolor illustrations make this book feel like a quilt itself!

What is your favorite cozy book to share? Let us know in a comment below.

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