I think there's no book more appropriate for this time of year than this book, especially when a lot of people are surrounded by heavy white snow now.
Marguerite and a Christmas Present is written and illustrated by Makoto Ueda, a Japanese author and illustrator. I cannot read Japanese so I'm not sure if it's she or he, the name 'Makoto' could be either male or female as far as I know. I stick with 'he' for now though.
Ueda's illustration is so lovely and mesmerizing. The airy feeling and almost transparent look give me an illusion of standing in a vast space of white snow land. You could almost smell fresh winter air through his book.
You can see more of his/her work here The name of the site is called silentphase.com which I think it suits his style very much.
See the big picture by click on the image and click zoom on flickr page :-)