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Winter Sports: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about winter sports?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to winter sports. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about winter sports.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about winter sports, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Mice Skating to popular sellers like Flora and the Penguin to some of our favorite hidden gems like Tacky and the Winter Games.

We hope this list of kids books about winter sports can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Flora and the Penguin
Written & illustrated by Molly Idle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo, Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other’s graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do.

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Pigloo
Written by Anne Marie Pace & illustrated by Lorna Hussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo’s plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the top of a hill, he sets off on his expedition—with a little unexpected help.

This sweet, expressively illustrated story shows that sometimes the greatest adventures are the ones that happen in your own backyard.

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Tacky and the Winter Games
Written by Helen Lester & illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Tacky and his fellow penguins on Team Nice Icy Land train hard for the Winter Games, but Tacky’s antics make their chances of winning a medal seem slim.

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Max and Marla
Written & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Two fearless Olympians sled to victory in this delightful new picture book

Max and Marla are best friends. And aspiring Olympians! With their eyes on the prize, they know exactly what it’ll take to reach sledding success: preparation, practice and perseverance. So when rusty blades, strong winds and difficult slopes get in their way, Max and Marla realize true joy lies not in winning but in friendship. Obstacles turn into victories!

With delightful illustrations and charming text, Alexandra Boiger brings to life the story of two unstoppable pals—true Olympians who never give up!

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Mice Skating
Written by Annie Silvestro & illustrated by Teagan White
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow crunching under her paws and wearing a fluffy wool hat. But most of all, Lucy loves to skate. The other mice just don’t understand. Can Lucy find a way to make her friends come out and “mice skate” too? A funny, punny, warmhearted love song to winter—and to one brave, bold mouse.

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  • Brad Marchand - He was too small to make it to the National Hockey League, they decided. Brad Marchand has proven them wrong, helping to lead the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in thirty-nine years and scoring the winning goal for Canada in the deciding game of the 2016 World Cup final. The 5-foot-9-inch, 181-pound forward continues to surprise the skeptics. Marchand, who grew up in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, was named to the nhl All-Star team for the second straight year in 2018. This full-color book features personal interviews with the “Little Ball of Hate,” as well as interviews with family and coaches, and over forty photos of the star.

  • Snowy Sports: Ready, Set, Play! - It’s a bright winter’s day bursting with activity as this adorable cast of animal characters bundles up to skate, slide, sled, ski and more. The day begins with the friends dressing warmly for all the fun ahead. Over the course of an exhilarating day the friends take a twirl on the ice, pass the puck, slip and slide and zippity-zip down hills, half-pipes and tracks - ending up back home warming themselves by the fire with hot chocolate. With a mix of competitive and non-competitive sports, the book highlights winter activity at any level of play. Snowy sports featured include bobsleigh, curling, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, freestyle skiing, hockey, ice skating, luge, skeleton, ski jumping, sledge hockey, snowboarding and speed skating. Each page has an illustration of a piece of winter clothing that makes up a complete cold-weather outfit by book’s end. The bold and cheerful illustrations are perfect for encouraging youngsters to embrace the chilly weather with their friends. Dress warmly and let’s go play!

  • Ruby & Rufus - In this preschool tale from the world of Gossie & Friends, water-loving goslings Ruby and Rufus play on the pond come rain, sleet, snow, or shine!

  • A Day for Skating - In a sweet rhyming tale, a young child’s first skating adventure on a frozen pond ends with a cozy bedtime story. Tap and step, then slide and turn. Whoops! Fall down. That’s how we learn. On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold. Back at home, warm bedtime rituals make for the end of a perfect day. But when darkness falls at the pond, who will come out to skate?

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Ice Breaker
Written by Rose Viña & illustrated by Claire Almon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

In the 1930s, only white figure skaters were allowed in public ice rinks and to compete for gold medals, but Mabel Fairbanks wouldn’t let that stop her. With skates two sizes too big and a heart full of dreams, Mabel beat the odds and broke down color barriers through sheer determination and athletic skill. After skating in ice shows across the nation and helping coach and develop the talents of several Olympic champions, Mabel became the first African-American woman to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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Angelina Ice Skates
Written by Helen Craig & illustrated by Katharine Holabird
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Angelina is planning a New Year’s Eve ice dance for everyone in Mouseland. All of her friends are taking part—even little cousin Henry. But two big boys from school keep interrupting their rehearsals. When a giant snowball fight breaks out, Angelina is sure the dance will be ruined. Will she find a way to make the show a success?

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Winter Cats
Written by Janet Lawler & illustrated by Ela Smietanka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Willy’s an indoor cat who dreams of becoming an outdoor cat, but his parents tell him that indoor cats and outdoor cats are different. When he sees the outdoor cats having tons of wintery fun, he decides to sneak out and join in! Willy and his new outdoor friends soon learn that labels are meaningless in the face of friendship.

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I Am a Zamboni Machine
Written by & illustrated by Paola Migliari
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Young hockey and ice sports fans will love seeing this big machine in action! Featuring simple facts and colorful illustrations, the text follows a Zamboni machine as it does its honest job of clearing and resurfacing the rink.

Readers will cheer along with the fans when the hockey players can jump back on the smooth, shiny ice. Bright artwork and clear text will help all little truck and ice enthusiasts see what a Zamboni machine does!

I Am a Zamboni Machine is a perfect, compelling new addition to the bestselling I Am a Truck series. A book and truck in one!

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Little Red Gliding Hood
Written by Tara Lazar & illustrated by Troy Cummings
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Little Red Riding Hood straps on ice skates in this fractured fairy tale! A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won’t believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with!

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  • Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book Five Frozen Fiasco - When Salem’s school puts on an ice pageant during winter break, our reluctant witch is determined to be a snow angel. But there’s one problem: Salem doesn’t know how to skate. So instead of preparing for the Frosty Follies, she’s stuck babysitting her neighbor’s son, Fergus. Just when Salem thinks her winter break is ruined, she’s offered the part of a snow angel. Now she just has to figure out how to balance her responsibilities <i>and</i> learn to skate before the big show. With a little magical help and some advice from the overanxious cat Whammy, Salem is sure she can get everything done . . . unless it all snowballs out of control first!

  • Snow Place Like Home - There’s snow place like home in this seventeenth Galaxy Zack adventure! The Nelsons are ready for a galactic winter vacation on a great new planet! And Zack’s best friend, Drake, is coming too! From solar-snowboarding, hydro-freeze fishing, supreme snowball fights, and epic ice forts, the boys can’t wait to dive into the winter games. But at the resort, Zack realizes there are a bunch of hurdles he wasn’t prepared for. Will Zack find a way to beat out the winter blues before it’s time to snow home? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  • The Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case - Acclaimed author Elizabeth Eulberg continues her hilarious middle-grade twist on Sherlock Holmes as detective duo Shelby and Watson tackle their trickiest case yet–going undercover . . . as figure skaters! Being friends with a super sleuth isn’t easy, especially when she’s nine years old, four feet tall, and full of attitude. But for eleven-year-old John Watson, being friends with Shelby Holmes is just the adventure he’s looking for. After Watson’s online journal chronicling his and Shelby’s case-closing abilities attracts the attention of a newspaper reporter, the pair becomes a small “media sensation” in their Harlem neighborhood. So it’s no surprise (at least, to Shelby!) when the article lands them a new client–a figure skating coach whose star athlete, Jordan Nelson, is receiving strange, threatening messages, written entirely in code. There’s no one better to crack the cipher than dynamic duo Shelby and Watson! But to gather information, Shelby decides that they’ll have to go undercover . . . as an award-winning pair skating team. Can they use the laws of physics and their acting skills to maintain their covers and figure out who’s sending Jordan such strange messages before it’s too late?

  • Pinkalicious: Pink Around the Rink - Readers can watch Pinkalicious and Peterrific on the funtastic PBS Kids TV series Pinkalicious & Peterrific!

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Angelina Ballerina Loves Ice-Skating!
Written by Katharine Holabird & illustrated by Helen Craig
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Angelina Ballerina trades ballet slippers for ice skates in this sweet original board book featuring a sparkly foil cover--a perfect winter gift for young dancers and skaters alike!
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Bears' Christmas
Written by Stan Berenstain
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

There’s a whole lot to learn one Christmas morning in Bear Country when Papa Bear teaches his son a thing or two about skiing, skating, and sledding.

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Teach Your Giraffe to Ski
Written by Viviane Elbee & illustrated by Danni Gowdy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the snow begins to fall and your giraffe takes to the slopes, a rollicking adventure ensues! Your giraffe wants to learn how to ski—but not on the bunny hill. She wants to go down the big scary slope! Enjoy this riotous journey as the narrator tries to rein their giraffe in—and learns something about courage along the way.

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Frankie Sparks and the Big Sled Challenge
Written by Megan Frazer Blakemore & illustrated by Nadja Sarell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9
Frankie Sparks uses her inventing skills to build the best sled ever in this third chapter book in the STEM inspired Frankie Sparks, Third-Grade Inventor series.
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Avalanche!
Written by Terry Lynn Johnson
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
A high-stakes adventure series perfect for fans of the I Survived series and Hatchet.
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  • Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games - Return to the enchanting, icy world of Frostovia with Princess Snowbelle in this continuation of a series that combines sparkly magic and the fun girl power of Fancy Nancy. It’s time for the annual Snow Games! Princess Snowbelle and her brothers can’t wait to compete against the neighboring kingdom of Snowland in contests ranging from sled racing to sculpture building–and they especially can’t wait to win the big ice trophy. But when the games don’t go quite as planned, Snowbelle realizes there’s more to competing than winning. With the help of her friends and family–and just a little bit of magic–can she make sure the Snow Games are fun for everyone? Frostovia’s glittering world is the perfect place to meet Princess Snowbelle and experience the magic of friendship and family.

  • A is for Axel - Illustrates the letters of the alphabet through a discussion of ice skating skills, the history of the sport, and past champions.

  • Bear Who Loved to Dance - Bear loves to dance–ballet, tap, swing, even breakdance. But there’s just one problem: he doesn’t seem to be very good at it. One day Bear spots a poster for an ice-skating competition–only for bears. Despite feeling nervous on the first day, Bear’s swishing, twizzling performance is amazing. The judges award him 10 out of 10 and he wins the gold medal. The other animals who laughed at Bear’s dancing suddenly discover that ice skating isn’t quite as easy as they thought.

  • Wonderful Winter - “A photographic picture book providing a comprehensive overview of facts about winter.”–

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