Classical and modern books still keep the ‘Frosty’ Christmas spirit

With all the frantic Christmas shopping and decorating, most of us don’t have the time to find the perfect Christmas books to add to the holiday spirit. Well, have no fear because here are two books that will definitely keep you–and your younger siblings and cousins–absorbed in the Christmas cheer.


The classical 1950 storybook edition of Frosty the Snowman by Annie North Bedford Photo credit: cover artist Corinne Malvern, 1950.

Frosty the Snowman adapted by Annie North Bedford: Published in 1950, and based on the Christmas carol of the same name, the book retells the classical tale of Frosty the Snowman through the adventures of Sally, Joe, Billy, and Tommy. The four children find Frosty’s magical silk hat and brings him to life. They spend a fun day with Frosty and his broomstick, running around town and playing. In the end, Frosty leaves the children and promises to return. This classic children’s book has the same theme of magic that little kids adore, like other Christmas classics such as The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Frosty the Snowman transformed the Christmas carol by Steven Nelson and Jack Rollins into a magical story that we all cherished as we grew up.










Richard Cowdrey puts a modern spin on the classical Frosty the Snowman in his book Frosty's New Friends. Photo Credit: Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin Group Inc.), New York.

Frosty’s New Friends by Richard Cowdrey:Basing it off of the classic Frosty the Snowman story, Cowdrey writes a new story about a father who tells a bed time story of his personal encounter with Frosty to his daughter. His childhood self goes on a fun adventure full of sledding, hide-and-seek, and snowball fights with his sister, Frosty, and his snowpup until dawn. The story ends with the bed time story coming to an end, and his daughter asking whether Frosty will return. Although it’s a lot similar and not as good as the original, Frosty’s New Friends puts a nice spin on the classic version, and it’s great story for the holidays when you’re looking for something new to read, yet still contains the traditional Frosty the Snowman feel-good theme.