7 New Picture Books That Celebrate Winter

7 New Winter Picture Books

There’s a chill in the air and the Winter Solstice is only weeks away, which means it’s time to cozy up for some wintertime reading. Last year I compiled this massive winter booklist sorted by theme, and with so many wonderful new winter-y picture books released this year, I’ve assembled a booklist of new favorites winter stories from the 2016 year to add.


First Snow Bomi Park

First Snow by Bomi Park
“Shhhh, listen… do you hear something? Pit, pit, pit against the window. Glistening, floating in the night.” Quiet and full of magic, First Snow captures the season’s first snowfall through a child’s eye’s with such gentle beauty and heart that this will surely be a treasured wintertime story for years to come.


Bear's Winter Party

Bear’s Winter Party by Deborah Hodge, illustrated by Lisa Cinar
Bear loves his forest home, but his imposing appearance deters friendships with other woodland creatures. In order to combat his loneliness, Bear decides to host an event for the woodland animals. Even though they’re frightened at first, Bear’s welcoming hospitality soothes their fears and all have a heartwarming, merry evening at his winter soiree. I have a feeling bear’s story whimsically illustrated story will inspire many young readers to host sweet winter parties of their own.


Almost a Full Moon

Almost a Full Moon by Hawksley Workman, Jensine Eckwall
First written as a song, Almost a Full Moon celebrates all the things about wintertime that makes it so enchanting: Snow, stories, candles, music, laughter, family, friends, and a meal shared under an almost full moon.


Sleep Tight Farm

Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle, illustrated by Becca Stadlander
What happens on a farm during the winter? Sleep Tight Farm is a handsome chronicle of one family’s preparations for winter on their farm beginning one early day in December and ending on the night of the Winter Solstice.


Best in Snow

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre
April Pulley Sayre has a new book! And it’s about SNOW! Naturalist author of the popular picture books Raindrop Roll and Rah, Rah, Radishes! takes readers on a poetic, photographic journey of snow in all it’s watery forms, inspiring even the littlest readers to look closely at the secrets of snow.


The Wish Tree

The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Chris Turnham
Is there such thing as a wish tree? Charles and his trusty toboggan, Boggan, set out through a winter wonderland to find out. In the process, they help forest friends along the way and at last encounter an unexpected surprise.


Little Penguins

Little Penguins by Cythia Rylant, Christain Robinson
Cynthia Rylant. Christian Robinson. Two beloved kidlit rockstars, one book, and adorable penguins. Need I say more?

What is your favorite new or tried-and-true wintertime read?


2 Responses to “7 New Picture Books That Celebrate Winter”

  1. kyla says:

    On initial reading, I didn’t think Little Penguins would resonate much with my classes, however adorable. But in YPK and PK storytimes, I have found them really responding and talking about the text and working in numbers and colors organically. A winner!

    • Rebecca says:

      Yes, I felt the same way! I thought Little Penguins would be we a wonderful book to share one-on-one, but was curious how it would work as a storytime story. My older daughter read it to by younger daughter’s pre-k class and they enjoyed it tremendously. Sure to be a classic wintertime tale for littles!!

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