On a cold and blustery day, there’s not much better than snuggling up under a huge quilt with some winter books for kids.
We go two ways with our winter reading. Sometimes we like reading about snow, and snow animals, and what other kids might be doing in the snow. Other times, we live in denial for a bit and read books about sun and beaches and places like Hawaii and the Caribbean so we can pretend for a little bit that we’re somewhere warmer.
These are some of our favorite winter books for kids. Great pictures, fun writing…grab a cup of cocoa and your fuzzy socks and try a few.
- No Two Alike by Keith Baker — the illustrations in this book are just gorgeous
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening written by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers — more gorgeous illustrations, mostly black and white and gray with bright pops of color (and hidden animals! See if you can find them)
- The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett — a fun twist on “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
- Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr — a classic, and for good reason. Beautiful.
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats — my kids always like hearing about Peter’s adventures in his city, after a snowstorm
- Snow by P.D. Eastman — a fun, silly rhyming book, and a good one for new readers
- Winter Friends by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick — lovely photography of winter animals, paired with imaginary conversations the animals might be having
- Rabbit’s Winter Walk by Lorna Hussey — Rabbit heads out on a snowy walk, to see if he can figure out where spring is hiding
- The Snow Bear written by Miriam Moss, illustrated by Maggie Keen — a sweet story about a bear cub looking for his mother (spoiler alert: he finds her in the end. Don’t worry.)
- Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems written by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey — a fun, silly rhyming book that’s chockful of information about penguins (I learned a lot!)
- Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee — a little girl’s adventures walking around on a snowy day. Another great one for early readers
- The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett — a twist on “The Gingerbread Man.” An entire village is turned upside-down, trying to catch the sneaky little gingerbread baby. But who can actually get him?
- Big Tracks, Little Tracks written by Millicent E. Selsam, illustrated by Marlene Hill Donnelly
- Red Sled by Lita Judge
- Animals in Winter written by Henrietta Bancroft, illustrated by Helen K. Davis
Do you have a favorite winter book?