Favorite Children’s Books About Winter
Since this autumnal booklist for kids ended up being quite popular, I’ve assembled another seasonal list of favorite children’s books about wintertime just in time for the snowy, blowy winter season. You’ll find handfuls of lesser known titles, a splash of new books, as well as tried and true familiar stories that I hope you and yours enjoy as much as my own kids and I do. All books listed are intended for kids ages 3-10 & up, including a list of books for babies and toddlers (ages 0-2) at the bottom. Many of the books fit into multiple categories, but I did my very best to sort appropriately for those looking for specific storytime, lesson themes, or wintertime interests. What children’s book do you enjoy reading most at this time of the year?
ALL ABOUT THE WINTER SEASON
Books that include an introduction to the winter season and a variety of the season’s famous characteristics such as snow, animal hibernation, and winter activities.
Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan, illustrated by Susan Gaber
In the Snow by Huy Voun Lee
It’s Winter! by Linda Glasser, illustrated by Susan Swan
Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Beth Krommes
Winter Wonderland by Jill Esbaum
Snowy, Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka
Books about Winter Solstice, the official calendar start of the winter season, as well as stories with a Winter Solstice theme or setting. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and lands on December 21st or 22nd of each year.
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Jesse Reisch
The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Mark Jones
The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ted Lewin
Dear Rebecca, Winter Is Here by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
NATURE IN WINTER
Stories and nonfiction books covering many elements of the season such as winter tree identification and the nature of animal life during the cold winter months. (Note that snow and snowflakes has it’s own separate category below!)
The Big Snow by Berta Hader and Elmer Hader
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
When It Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator, illustrated by Martin Matjie
First Snow in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick
Winter Trees by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
Red Fox Running by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Wendell Minor
In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
Night Tree by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand Note: this title has a Christmas reference, but could be wonderful non-holiday winter tradition.
Now That Days Are Colder by Aileen Fisher
Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gerlder, illustrated by Helen K. Davie
Winter Tree Birds by Lucy Ozone and John Hawkinson
Sizing Up Winter (Math in Nature) by Lizann Flatt, illustrated by Ashley Barron
Wild Horse Winter by Tetsuya Honda
Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change by Jan Thornhill, illustrated by Josee Bisillon
A Kid’s Winter EcoJournal by Toni Albert, illustrated by Margaret Brandt
SNOW & SNOWFLAKES
Stories and nonfiction books all about snow and snowflakes.
Big Snow by Jonathan Bean
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht Note: This is an adult book, but the images are appealing for all-ages.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino, illustrated by Nora Aoyagi
Snow on Snow on Snow by Cheryl Champan, paintings by Synthia Saint James
Snow by Uri Schlevitz
Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
Snow Is Falling (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Brandley, illustrated by Holly Keller
Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee
Mama, Will it Snow Tonight? by Nancy Carlstrom, illustrated by Paul Tong
Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser
A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann
It’s Snowing! by Olivier Dunrea
Stories with snowmen as the center stage characters.
All You Need for a Snowman by Ailce Schertle, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Will Hilenbrand
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
A Really Good Snowman by Janiel J. Mahoney
Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy (Nature) by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick
A few fun titles about the sounds of winter including one about a magical winter concert.
Snow Music by Lynne Rae Perkins
A Winter Concert by Yuko Takao Note: Listen to a favorite piano song as you read this book.
The Winter Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Charles G. Shaw Note: This book has a Christmas reference.
Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story by David A. Johnson
When the cold weather rolls in the sweaters and mittens come out! These are a few favorite titles about winter weather clothing.
A Hat For Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel, illustrated by Nancy Windslow Parker
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Clementine’s Winter Wardrobe by Kate Spohn
Froggy Gets Dressed by Johnathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Lucille’s Snowsuit by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Marylin Hafner
The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, illustrated by Elaine Greenstein
One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
Whimsical and fun stories that take place during the snowy, cold winter months.
The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi
Round Robin by Jack Kent
Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Katy and the Big Snow by Virgina Lee Burton
Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward
Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
Red Sled by Lita Judge
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Flannel Kissesby Mari Takabayashi
Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin, illustrated by Rebekah Raye
Fox’s Garden by Camille Garoche aka Princesse Camcam
The Snow Rabbit by Camillle Garoche
The Only Child by Guojing
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren, Viktor Rydberg, illustrated by Harald Wiberg
The Story of the Snow Children by Sibylle Von Olfers
A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
Blizzard by John Rocco
Brave Irene by William Steig
Angelina Ice Skates by Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Helen Craig
Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Leo Yerxa
Pip & Squeak by Ian Schoenherr
WINTER FOLK TALES & FAIRY TALES
Folk tales, fairy tales, and myths about the winter season or take place during winter.
Rabbit’s Snow Dance as told by James & Joseph Bruchac
The Star Child by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Bernadette Watts
The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Rachev E. Yaroslava Note: We also love the Jan Brett version!
Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lumbard, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
The Snow Child by Freya Littledale and Barbara Lavallee
Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend by Nancy Van Lann, illustrated by Betsy Bowen
Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter’s Eve by Caitlin Matthews
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Winter in the inspiration behind so many beautiful and thought provoking wordplay for young minds to enjoy.
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian
It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing!: Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Yossi Abolafia
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Winter Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Flower Fairies of the Winter by Cicely Mary Barker
WINTER STORIES FOR BABIES & TODDLERS
Stories about the winter season for the littlest readers ages 0-2 (& up!).
In the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow, illustrated by Nancy Tafuri
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Winter by Roger Priddy
Bunny’s First Snowflake by Monica Wellington
Snow by Manya Stoji
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Oh! By Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
How to Build a Snowman by Jill Ackerman, illustrated by Jo Moon
Winter Friends by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick
Winter Garden by Ruth Brown
Ready for Winter by Marthe Jocelyn