On a cold, snowy day, what’s better than curling up in front of a crackling fire with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a stack of picture books for winter?
And speaking of good books, here’s a list of books that are just perfect for reading with your little ones while you watch the snow fall on a winter morning. The books on this list will bring a bit of warmth to even the chilliest winter day!
Read the synopses of a few of my favorite picture books for winter below, then head to your local library with my library list.
by John Rocco
If you haven’t experienced a New England blizzard, you’ll experience the wonder of a big one through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy in this beautifully illustrated book. John Rocco wrote Blizzard from his own vivid memories of a storm that dumped forty inches of snow on his native Rhode Island. Better bundle up for this one!
by William Steig
Winter is certainly a force to be reckoned with, but winter winds are no match for Brave Irene. When a brave little girl offers to venture out on an important errand for her sick mother, snow and howling winds threaten to ruin everything. Can Irene make it to the duchess’s house in time to deliver the package, or will winter win?
Geraldine’s Big Snow
by Holly Keller
I’m sure you’ve heard that a watched pot never boils. Well, it’s true for little girls and snow storms, too! In Geraldine’s Big Snow, Geraldine is pining for snow, and though everyone promises the snow is coming, it seems it never will. In the end, Geraldine learns that it’s when you aren’t watching that the best things happen!
Katy and the Big Snow
by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy, “the big, beautiful red crawler tractor,” is the pride of Geoppolis. Katy can do anything. And when a big snowstorm brings everything in Geoppolis to a screeching halt, it’s Katy to the rescue! She helps the policemen protect, the mailmen deliver, and the airplanes land! Go, Katy, go!
Once Upon a Northern Night
by Jean Pendziwol
Jean Pendziwol’s Once Upon a Northern Night whispers the wonders of a snowy night. Poetic charm and the breathtaking beauty of winter leap from its pages, captivating readers from the very first page until the last. Arsenault’s exquisite illustrations pay homage to the gentle yet wild cadence of life on a northern night.
One Snowy Night
by Nick Butterworth
In One Snowy Night, Percy the park keeper settles in for a good night’s sleep, but alas, it is not to be! He hears a knock at the door, and then another, and before long, Percy’s house and his bed are overflowing with a menagerie of shivering forest animals! It’s not a restful night, but it is an exciting one!
by Jane Yolen
There’s a full moon, and it’s a perfect night for owling. You might see an owl and you might not—but either way is fine since just being there is a special treat. “When you’re owling, you don’t need words or warm, or anything but hope. That’s what Pa says. The kind of hope that flies on silent wings under a shining Owl Moon.”
by Lita Judge
Have you ever wondered what happens in the woods when no one is around to watch? In Red Sled, Lita Judge’s beautiful illustrations reveal what happens when a child leaves her red sled out in the snow. Put on your hat and coat—you’re going to want to grab a sled and read this one again and again! (Click for my full review of Red Sled).
Stranger in the Woods
by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoickm
On a crisp winter day, the animals in the forest awake to the news that there’s a Stranger in the Woods. Soon the forest is teeming with curious visitors … is the stranger a friend? Come find out! This winter masterpiece by professional wildlife photographers Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick is one of those books you just can’t put down.
by Jan Brett
After reading The Mitten, you may never think of mittens the same way again. In this Jan Brett classic, a long line of forest creatures create a cozy but crowded home for themselves in a little boy’s lost mitten. Now if you ever spot a lost, over-sized mitten, you just might wonder if anyone has been living in it lately!
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
Ezra Jack Keats’ Caldecott Medal winner, The Snowy Day, has been a staple of winter for over 50 years. In it, Peter wakes to freshly fallen snow and does what children everywhere love to do. He bundles up and enjoys a wonderful day of snowy adventures. But beware … the best place to play with snow is outside in the cold!
Twelve Kinds of Ice
by Ellen Bryan Obed
Beautiful pen-and-ink drawings illustrate Ellen Bryan Obed’s ode to Twelve Kinds of Ice. The author takes readers back to the seasons of her childhood, from autumn’s first ice—“a skim of ice so thin that it broke when we touched it” to “dream ice … the ice that came in our sleep.” It’s a not-to-be-missed treat, especially for older readers.
Would you like to read some of my favorite picture books for winter with your children?
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