All the Christmas books are put away and we’re feeling a little un-festive over here. To combat the cold-weather blues, I pulled out all of our Winter centric books. Sometimes seeing this frosty season portrayed in books helps my attitude. If you’re the same or just need some new reading material, here are some of our favorite Winter themed picture books (and a bonus middle-grade read).
What are your favorite wintery reads?
This is a gorgeous book that will delight young and old. Robert Frost’s iconic poem is immortalized with hauntingly lovely illustrations. The book jacket is vellum which adds to the wintery vibe. A great way to introduce poetry to any age.You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest, Illustrated by Anita Jeram
Anita Jeram is responsible for the the adorable illustrations in favorites like Guess How Much I Love You and Skip To The Loo, My Darling! A Potty Book. She works her magic one the Sam Books, too. Sam bakes treats for all his neighbors and hand delivers them with his mom.
A classic, originally published in 1943. A big snow strands the city of Geoppolis and Katy saves the day.
Beautifully illustrated lyrics to the classic song.
Each page has a reason why “I like the snow..” and a question related to it. When you lift the flap, there are simple, scientific explanations to the question. The more we read this, the more my kids pick up on the science, but even if it goes over their heads, the other text is engaging.
The other construction trucks look down on the little snowplow for his size, but when the dump truck gets buried in snow after an avalanche, the little snowplow’s hard work pays off.
Dad and daughter go skiing and talk about the secret kingdom of animals under the snow. Has a cool glossary of animals that you meet in the story at the back with info about their winter habits.
Poppleton in Winter by Cynthia Rylant, Illustrated by Mark Teague
Any pig who has a specific library day is a friend of mine (from Poppleton). Poppleton and his friends are delightful and their Winter activities are fun. Each book has three or four simple stories that my 2 and 4 year old both like and will grow with them as they learn to read.
This talented husband and wife team have created four snowmen books (at Christmas, at Night, at Work, and All Year) with clever rhymes and engaging illustrations that have hidden pictures, keeping everyone involved.
It snows for a month and Sammy spends his time post-snow imagining all the things that could be under the mountain of powder. Really neat, fanciful illustrations.
Many of Brett’s books are set in Winter (The Mitten, Gingerbread Friends) and she does it well. She has a distinctive illustration style that feels old fashioned in a good way. In The Hat, Hedgehog uses a runaway stocking as a head covering, much to the amusement of his animal friends. Little does he know they go in search of similar hats. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
Pak’s illustrations are graceful and beautifully capture the atmosphere of each season. Brother and sister walk home experiencing the change from Autumn to Winter. Pak also wrote the equally lovely Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn.
Lauren Thompson’s Mouse series follows Mouse as he experiences all the firsts (think holidays and seasons). In Mouse’s First Snow, Mouse and his Poppa do all sorts of Wintery activities. Each activity is accompanied by fun onomatopoeias which will delight younger readers.
I adore the Brambly Hedge series and this is such a charming addition. All the mice are getting ready for the snow ball.
Katy Hudson is a talented illustrator whose style is playful and nostalgic. Too Many Carrots was an instant hit with my kids and A Loud Winter’s Nap showcases the same characters. Tortoise isn’t a fan of Winter. His plans to hibernate until Spring get interrupted by all his friends until he has a change of heart.
A daughter goes owling with her father for the first time. Both the text and illustrations are magical and poetic and all around wonderful.
The Lovejoys moves from Texas to Pumpkin Falls, NH to take over the family bookstore. Truly, the middle of the five kids, finds a mysterious note in an autographed copy of Charlotte’s Web, sending her and her new friends on a literary scavenger hunt. Such a charming middle-grade read.