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Embracing Winter! Picture Books About Hygge

February 7, 2023

What is hygge?

Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is the Danish word which describes a certain type of cozy feeling that Nordic cultures strive to cultivate in order to ensure cheer, even in the chilliest of climates! As someone who used to despise the cold, learning about hygge has been an absolute game changer! Curling up on the couch and sharing a book with a child is one of the best ways to warm yourself from the inside out. Keep reading to learn about some children's books that embody hygge in a variety of ways!


Baking and cooking and comfort foods are some of the essential elements of hygge. This adorable tale follows a little bird as she sets out to solve a mystery of some disappearing dried fruits that were set aside to bake a wintercake! On a quest to share sweet treats with one another, a small group of animals finds friends in the unlikeliest of places. Without spoiling too much, I will say that there is a surprise plot-twist that leads our woodland heroes to a new and improved holiday tradition. 

A Day So Gray

This charming picture book by Marie Lamba features two children on what may at first seem to be the bleakest of blustery days in the dead of winter. However, one of the children begins to color in the landscape with her observations of the littlest cheerful details and the way the light plays upon the land. The two children brave the outdoors, discovering new wonders that illuminate a dark day before retreating back inside to enjoy a cozy afternoon together. 

Blanket: Journey to Extreme Coziness

This hilarious book divulges the secrets of a blanket wrapped protagonist. How did they come to be engulfed in such linens? Why do they choose this for themselves, and how can we master the art of the "blanket coccoon"? This title might just be the hyggiest of all!

Find comfort in the age-old tradition of sharing stories! All of these books, and a multitude of other warm and fuzzy ones, are available at Nashville Public Library. 

Caroline Cronin


Caroline is a Bilingual Literacy Assistant for Bringing Books to Life! She is passionate about accessibility and language justice and loves to share stories and art with friends of all ages. In her free time she enjoys singing, cooking, teaching and practicing yoga, and roller skating.

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