Best Children's Books About Winter

Books That Will Help You Endure AND Love Winter!

Updated Feb. 9, 2019

Winter can be a cold but fun time of year. These books can help you make the most of cold days!

Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear book
#1
Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear
Written and illustrated by Monica Carnesi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book about best friends bunny and bear is a perfect example of a great friendship! There's some humor involved, as well as beautiful illustrations that really add to the story. I love that bunny doesn't despair when she realized she'll have to spend the winter without bear, but she instead focuses on spending her time alone creating something fun for them to enjoy together once bear wakes up. :)

Beatrice & Bear meet one spring day and become best buddies. They play together through summer and fall. Then winter comes and Beatrice can't find Bear anywhere. She hears he's gone to hibernate -- but where on earth is that? When Beatrice learns that hibernation is not a place and that Bear will be sleeping all winter long, she fears it will be a lonely season...unless she can come up with a brilliant plan. This delightful story of an irrepressible bunny will engage readers on many levels as it celebrates creativity, making the best of circumstances, and the joy of the changing seasons.

Bunny Slopes book
#2
Bunny Slopes
Written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Goodfather

Currently one of our family's go-to favorites. The story is simple, but there are some creative elements and surprises that make it interactive and fun to read and reread.

Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. Is there any obstacle Bunny can't conquer? Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda's innovative bookmaking as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope—and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.

Max and Marla book
#3
Max and Marla
Written and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The watercolor illustrations in this book are gorgeous and beautifully convey this story of two friends who brave a winter wonderland to show exactly what it takes to become true Olympians. Friendship, perseverance and preparation prevail in this humorously and child-friendly portrayal of overcoming failure and pushing through obstacles to achieve your goals.

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!

My Pet Polar Bear book
#4
My Pet Polar Bear
Written by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Polar bears make the best pets! Follow a little girl and her pet polar bear as they hitch a ride to school, play in the bath, and sneak a bedtime treat! From the Board edition.

The Snowman Shuffle book
#5
The Snowman Shuffle
Written by Christianne C. Jones and illustrated by Emma Randall
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Spin like a snowflake, swoosh like the wind, and shuffle like a snowman in this interactive board book. The rhyming text and fun instruction will delight both adults and children and chase away any winter blues!

Baby Penguins Everywhere! book
#6
Baby Penguins Everywhere!
Written and illustrated by Melissa Guion
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins? One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s family time that’s best of all. Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones. And perfect for toddlers who will smile over all the little penguins and the silliness that ensues.

A Loud Winter's Nap book
#7
A Loud Winter's Nap
Written and illustrated by Katy Hudson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This funny story is a great one to teach kids that even if they think they don't like something or they haven't in the past, it might be worth trying out again--they just might like it! :) The illustrations are so beautiful, too!

Unmoved by his friends' attempts draw him out with singing classes and snowball fights, Tortoise tries to settle down for his annual winter nap and instead stumbles into a wonderfully icy experience.

The Itsy Bitsy Snowman book
#8
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Sanja Rescek, Jeffrey Burton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime! The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town, looking at the snowflakes softly falling down. Out came his friends to lend a happy hand. And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland. Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.

Peekaboo! In the Snow! book
#9
Peekaboo! In the Snow!
Written and illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

My toddler really enjoys this whole series of lift-the-flap books and this winter-themed one is no exception! The flaps are incredibly sturdy and easy for little hands to open themselves and the text is simple enough that it's one that you may find they can soon "read" to you.

Peekaboo! Who's hiding in the snow? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!

Claudia & Moth book
#10
Claudia & Moth
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A small girl with a passion for nature turns to her new passion for art as the seasons turn colder. Claudia loves butterflies. Blue ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones with dots. And since she can’t take them home, she paints them in all their beautiful colors. But when winter comes, there are no more butterflies to paint…until she finds a little moth. Suddenly, Claudia sees winter in a whole new light.

Tap the Magic Tree book
#11
Tap the Magic Tree
Written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The acclaimed interactive picture book about the changing seasons. “Like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, Matheson’s Tap the Magic Tree proves you don’t need apps for interactivity,” praised the New York Times. Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss

Sometimes Rain book
#12
Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming and illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrate the four seasons of the year and all of the fun that comes with them with this lyrical, rhyming picture book from the author of I Heart You. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! This lyrical exploration of the four seasons and all of the wonder that they bring is illustrated with vibrant watercolors.

Snowmen All Year book
#13
Snowmen All Year
Written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

By popular demand, a board book edition of the third title in this bestselling series The Buehners’ New York Times bestselling snowmen are here to stay! Children wonder what would happen if their favorite frosty friends didn’t melt with springtime. What would it be like to take a snowman to the beach? What costume would a snowman wear if you took him trick-or-treating? In this dazzling, silly book, the weather brings a year’s worth of surprise and laughter.

Tree book
#14
Tree
Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing and living in the tree—baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, and finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill—until another year begins… . Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about the seasons and how a forest and its inhabitants change throughout the year.

Bear Can't Sleep book
#15
Bear Can't Sleep
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bear’s many animal friends try to help him get to sleep in time for winter hibernation in this companion story to Bear Snores On. It’s winter, and deep in the forest, Bear should be fast asleep. But when his friends come by to check on him, they realize that Bear is still awake! They brew him hot tea and sing him lullabies, but nothing seems to work. Can Bear get to bed? Or will he be up all winter?

A Year with the Wind book
#16
A Year with the Wind
Written and illustrated by Hanna Konola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Charming illustrations and fun, engaging rhymes will enchant toddlers as they learn about the wind; holding kites high in the spring, pushing sailboats in the summer, tossing leaves around in the fall, and making snowflakes dance in the winter. Hanna Konola's illustrations are popular the world over.

Little Owl's Snow book
#17
Little Owl's Snow
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day! “Winter’s almost here!” says Little Owl, as he observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend racoon are watching their breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: Snow! Here is the perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day, and a wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons!

Go Home, Little One book
#18
Go Home, Little One
Written and illustrated by Cate James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join Florence the hedgehog and she sets out on a winter adventure in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Winter is approaching, and Florence the hedgehog wants to go outside and play in the woods with her squirrel friends before it's time to hibernate. As it starts to get cold, Florence isn’t sure she’s having fun anymore. With the help of her friends, is she able to make it home in time for dinner and her long winter snooze?

Four Seasons in One Day book
#19
Four Seasons in One Day
Written and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follow a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they travel through the four seasons in one day. Accompanied by pieces from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.

Cinders book
#20
Cinders
Written and illustrated by Jan Brett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don’t recognize her. Jan travelled to Russia and readers will be in awe of the Ice Palace aglow under a deep blue moonlit sky, exquisite ball gowns on the comely pullets, uniforms with gold braids and buttons on the cockerels, striking Russian architecture transformed into ice in the borders, and a very funny flock of chickens who provide an appealing, original look at this snowy Cinderella. Readers will find these dressed up chickens comical as they pour over the extravagant setting, including a “WOW”-inducing double gatefold of chicken couples whirling around the ballroom. A feast for the eyes sure to become a perennial favorite.

Once Upon a Winter book
#21
Once Upon a Winter
Written by Megan Atwood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Feeling out of sorts with his twin sister, Olive, and their friends Lizzie and Sarah, Peter is drawn to new student Kai, but soon discovers that Kai is not very nice.

Blueberry Pancakes Forever: Finding Serendipity Book Three book
#22
Blueberry Pancakes Forever: Finding Serendipity Book Three
Written by Angelica Banks
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In this third middle-grade adventure from the author of Finding Serendipity, Tuesday McGillycuddy must grapple with a new villain in the Land of Story. After an unthinkable loss, time seems to freeze for Tuesday and her mother, the famous author Serendipity Smith. In the land of story, Vivienne Small's world is frozen too—a perpetual winter has fallen. When a terrible villain takes Vivienne hostage, it's up to Tuesday to save her friend—and herself. On her quest, she'll discover what lies at the bottom of her heart, and at the heart of her writing. Beautifully told with warmth and joy, this great adventure is a celebration of life—and love. Don't miss this heartwarming conclusion to the Finding Serendipity series!

Violet the Velvet Rabbit book
#23
Violet the Velvet Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Janey Louise Jones
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

While collecting pinecones for the winter feast, Violet Rabbit accepts the dare to ski down Snowdrop Slove, starts an avalanche and ends up on very thin ice--so it is up to the Superfairies to rescue her.

Counting on Snow book
#24
Counting on Snow
Written and illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Maxwell Newhouse, folk artist extraordinaire, has created a unique counting book. The premise is simple. He invites children to count with him from ten crunching caribou down to one lonely moose, by finding other northern animals - from seals to wolves to snowy owls - as they turn the pages. But as the animals appear, so does the snow, until it's a character too, obliterating light and dark, sky and earth. A gorgeous exploration of the isolation and the beauty of northern winter, Maxwell Newhouse has created a deceptively simple picture book that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Snuggle Down Deep book
#25
Snuggle Down Deep
Written by Diane Ohanesian and illustrated by Emily Bornoff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follow along as animal families snuggle down deep for the wintertime in this rhythmic and charming picture book perfect for little ones while they snuggle down for hibernation. It's wintertime, a quiet time, no creatures left in sight. They're dreaming, snoozing, snoring through each morning, noon, and night.... As winter arrives and fluffly snowflakes begin to fall, animal families gather together to snuggle down deep against the cold. They prepare and cozy up their dens, nests, and underground tunnels. Then they curl up nose to nose, cheek to cheek, snuggle down deep, and sleep.

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