As we write this blog, it’s below zero outside and the entire Eastern seaboard is being slammed by a major winter storm. But the season is delivering more than just cold temps and snow. There are lots of new books about winter that your children are sure to enjoy. So, if you’re hibernating already, why not settle in with a good book or two. We’ve got the best books of winter!
A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Winter Books
Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri
The illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dragons Love Tacos has created a quiet, gentle story of the friendship between an unlikely set of companions. Beautifully illustrated!
Blue Corn Soup by Caroline Stutson, illus. by Teri Weidner
As Mouse watches the snow fall in the canyon, she knows just the thing to warm her up! As her soup cooks, her neighboring friends show up, hoping to share. A few Spanish words are embedded in the text giving the book a little Southwestern flare.
Brrr! Brrr! by Sebastien Braun
This lift-the-flap board book introduces a number of animals, including a penguin, a fox, and a walrus, in their wintry homes. Children are encouraged to imitate the noise that each animal makes.
Chirri and Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi
This is the third book in this charming little series. Two rosy-cheeked little girls, Chirri and Chirra, set off on a bicycle adventure through an icy winter setting. They meet various animals, join in their fun, and fall asleep under the stars. The colored-pencil illustrations are soft and delicate and add to the appeal of the story.
Color Wonder: Winter is Here by Chieu Anh Urban
This board book with color transforming wheels introduces the colors of winter. A fun, interactive book for the very young.
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Snowy Surprise by Kallie George, illus. by Oriol Vidal
This early reader combines simple word repetition with an enjoyable plot. Spike the dinosaur is excited to enjoy winter but his two feathered siblings are hesitant due to the cold. Spike comes up with a clever solution that makes playtime a blast for all.
Game of Gnomes by Kirsten Mayer, illus. by Laura K. Horton
Spirited, red haired Ginger proves herself in the Winter Gnome Games when she rescues her friend who’s being swept away by an unruly squirrel. Readers should enjoy the fast paced plot and the illustrations of gnomes in their pointy red hats amidst a wintry setting.
Hoot and Peep: A Song for Snow by Lita Judge
A young owlet eagerly anticipates her first snowfall. Peep’s older brother Hoot tries to explain all that he knows about winter. Their dialogue makes up the text, and their playful antics are portrayed in the lovely watercolor illustrations.
Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O’Hara, illus. by Lauren O’Hara
This original fairy tale is set in a wintry wonderland. Hortense hates her shadow and eventually escapes it, leaving it behind. But when she meets scary bandits face to face, it’s her shadow that saves her. The story is well told, and the illustrations, done in white, black, gray, and pale blue, create just the right atmosphere for its telling.
I Want Snow! by Tony Ross
It’s the middle of summer, but Little Princess wants snow NOW! How will her family and friends appease her? A fun story with a twist at the end!
In the Snow by Elizabeth Spurr, illus. by Manelle Oliphant
In this rhyming board book, a little girl experiences all the fun of a snow-filled day.
A Loud Winter’s Nap by Katy Hudson
Tortoise tries to sleep through the winter but his friends keep waking him up so that he won’t miss anything. When his final resting spot turns out to be a sled, he enjoys the downhill ride! The artwork is colorful and expressive.
Lines by Suzy Lee
In this wordless picture book, an artist creates a single skater who soars across the white pages of the book. The illustrations convey the movement and expression of this blissful young skater.
Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro, illus. by Teagan White
Lucy, a little brown field mouse, loves winter, but her friends … not so much. Find out how she convinces them to enjoy the season. This book is simply a visual delight, perfect for sharing. The watercolor, colored pencil and gouache illustrations invoke a feeling of coziness despite the cold setting.
Princess Snowbelle by Libby Frost
Snowbelle, princess of Frostovia, is nervous over singing at the Snow Ball and the fact that her best friend/accompanist is stranded in a snowstorm. Will she make it in time for the performance? Young princess lovers are sure to be charmed by this one!
Shelter by Celine Claire, illus. by Qin Leng
The animals of the forest get ready for the approaching winter storm. When two bears appear seeking shelter, will the other woodland animals welcome them or turn them away? This gentle story with warm illustrations tackles the issues of kindness and compassion.
Small Walt by Elizabeth Verdick, illus. by Marc Rosenthal
Reminiscent of Katy and the Big Snow, the Virginia Lee Burton classic, this story tells the tale of Walt, the littlest snowplow in the fleet. Will he be able to prove his worth when a blizzard hits the town? The illustrations have a nostalgic feel, and the story should make for a great read-aloud for young listeners.
The Snowbear by Sean Taylor, illus. by Claire Alexander
In an attempt to build a snowman, two children create what appears to be a snow bear. When they find themselves face to face with a wolf in the woods, their snow bear comes to their rescue and brings a sense of magic to the story.
Snow Scene by Richard Jackson, illus. by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
This is a very unique and clever picture book. The question and answer format provides clues, both verbal and visual, as two children follow the transition from winter into spring. It is beautifully illustrated by Seeger, who has twice won Caldecott honors. This book certainly lives up to that reputation.
Snow Sisters by Kerri Kokias, illus. by Teagan White
Two independent sisters enjoy a snow day, each in their own way. This is a clever story full of ideas for fun on a snowy day.
Snowball Moon by Fran Cannon Slayton, illus. by Tracy Bishop
The simple, rhyming text makes this a perfect winter read-aloud for small children. Fun spent on a whimsical snowy night is depicted in the illustrations that are done mostly in a blue, gray, and white color palette.
Something’s Fishy by Jean Gourounas
An ice-fishing penguin attracts a succession of polar animals, each asking the same question, “Are you fishing?” The dry humor is reinforced by the stylized illustrations done in a limited palette of blue, white, and shades of brown. The ending is quite a surprise!
Touch and Feel: Winter by Scholastic, Inc.
This board book for very young children includes images of the winter season with tactile areas for little hands to touch and explore.
What Makes a Blizzard? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illus. by Maddie Frost
This book is part of the Let’s Read and Find Out Science series and provides information on the amount of snowfall, wind speed, and temperature associated with a blizzard. It also includes ideas for hands-on activities.
When the Snow Falls by Linda Booth Sweeney, illus. by Jana Christy
In this ode to winter, a grandmother gets to enjoy a snow day with her grandchildren. The lyrical verse of the text and the mixed-media illustrations bring the story to life.
William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman, illus. by Chuck Groenink
In this cumulative tale, animals seek shelter from the cold. The rhyming text and sweet illustrations make for a cozy winter read.
Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Richard Jones
A red fox is perplexed by the arrival of winter. Various animals give him advice but it isn’t until he meets another fox that he figures out what to do. This is a very well executed book, and the illustrations are soft and playful.
The Winter Fox by Timothy Knapman, illus. by Rebecca Harry
Little Fox doesn’t listen to his animal friends and is unprepared when winter arrives. A present arrives which helps him better understand the meaning of friendship and sharing. The soft illustrations are embellished with silver foil adding highlight and sparkle.
Winter Wonderland by Dawn Sirett, illus. by Rachael Hare and Charlotte Milner
Toddlers can move their fingers along bumpy, shiny, glittery trails on each page that lead polar animals back to their homes. Photographs, illustrations, and factual information accompany the six double-page spreads.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Masters of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”