The Danish have a word — hygge — that succinctly sums up that cozy feeling we all crave in our lives.
Funny enough, there isn’t actually a direct translation for the word hygge in the English language. For the Danish, it’s an entire lifestyle. Now that it’s becoming more well known in other parts of the world, we want to know how to live it too.
One way to have a hygge winter is to spend time cozied up with fuzzy blankets, a hot drink, and a really good story.
Wanna try it out? If so, Pinna has you covered.
Below, you’ll find 10 cozy children’s audiobooks perfect for your next winter listen.
Let’s get started.
10 Cozy Children’s Audiobooks Perfect For Your Next Winter Listen
1. Brave Irene
Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker’s daughter, is a courageous young girl with a heart of gold. Her mother falls ill and is unable to deliver a beautiful ball gown she’s made for the duchess to wear that very night. Brave Irene comes to the rescue and offers to take the dress to the duchess in her mother’s place. Traveling through a treacherous snowstorm, will Irene make it to the palace in time? Listen along to find out!
2. Owl Moon
Set in the winter woods, Owl Moon tells the tale of a father and daughter who journey out late one evening to go owling. Hear about the sights and sounds they experience on their nighttime walk. Owl Moon is a gentle story that appeals to all ages — young and old. Beautifully written and narrated, this is a story your family will want to listen to over and over again.
3. The Snowy Day
Written in 1962 by Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day is a classic story capturing the hearts of a whole new generation. The Snowy Day follows a young boy named Peter on a journey through his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall. Cozy up to a winter fire and enjoy this timeless family favorite.
4. The Tomten
Astrid Lindgren, famous for authoring children’s classic Pippi Longstocking, also wrote The Tomten in 1960. Her long and successful career saw the production of many wonderful works kids still enjoy today. In The Tomten, you’ll experience the Swedish countryside under the gentle cover of nightfall. There, a kind winter troll — Tomten — visits the farm animals and sleeping children. His heartening presence is a welcome reminder that spring is near.
5. The Biggest Snowman Ever
A heartwarming tale showcasing the value of friendship and teamwork, The Biggest Snowman Ever is a marvelous choice for a cozy winter read-aloud. Even better? Parents, you can sit back and enjoy the story with your kids. Give your voice a break and listen to The Biggest Snowman Ever audiobook on Pinna. Superbly narrated, The Biggest Snowman Ever is a selection you’ll turn to again and again.
6. Season Isle
10-year-old twins Juniper and Zephyr Hillhouse live in a magical house at the center of an enchanted island divided into four seasons. When problems arise in one season of the island, they can only be solved with assistance from another season – and it’s up to Juniper and Zephyr to help the seasons find harmony. Created using 360° audio, Season Isle is a serialized podcast that will quickly become a family favorite!
7. Extra Yarn
A monochrome town gets a change of color and attitude with the help of a box of yarn and a girl named Annabelle, who knits clothing for everyone around her – creating beautifully patterned warmth for people, animals, and objects, alike. A modern fairy tale about the magical properties of kindness and generosity, Extra Yarn, will have you pulling out your knitting project and listening along with your kids.
8. The Book of Dragons
For fans of fantasy fiction, The Book of Dragons will not disappoint. Through a collection of short stories and soothing voice narration, listeners are transported to a world of amazing creatures, daring heroes, wicked princes, and a dragon made of ice.
9. I, Survived The Children’s Blizzard,1888
The storm of 1888 was a monster, a frozen hurricane that slammed into America's midwest without warning. Hear how the events unfold through the eyes of eleven-year-old John as he experiences one of the deadliest blizzards in American history. Part fiction and part history, I Survived The Children’s Blizzard will keep your kids (and you) on the edge of your seats.
10. Through the Mickle Woods
Through the Mickle Woods is a modern folk tale about loss and healing. When the queen dies, a young boy and grieving king begin a journey through the woods to visit the great bear, a wise teller of fairy tales. This audiobook gently tells, in story and fable, the healing words of how to carry on and what it is to live, and why we need to remember.
Pinna’s audio library is extensive and offers something for everyone. The booklist above will give you an excellent starting point when you’re in the mood for a cozy winter listening experience.
We’re all ears!