Winter Picture Books

Updated December 9, 2022
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Rylant, Cynthia
Cynthia Rylant's lyrical descriptions of the sights and feelings evoked by falling snow blend gorgeously with the rich and beautiful world created by Lauren Stringer's illustrations, in which a young girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day...
Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth
Two rabbit siblings learn to love and appreciate snowy days. Color illustrations throughout.
The snowy day
Keats, Ezra Jack
The magic and wonder of winter's first snowfall is perfectly captured in Ezra Jack Keat's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book. This celebrated classic has been shared by generations of readers and listeners, a must-have for every child's bookshelf and a perfect gift for the holiday season....
Tacky and the Winter Games
Lester, Helen
"A-huff-and-a-puff-and-a-huff-and-a-puff-and-a-huff-and-a-puff" "WHAT'S HAPPENING?" Tacky the penguin wants to know. The Winter Games, that's what's happening. And Tacky and his fellow penguins Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect have to work hard to get in shape so they can represent Team...
Demarest, Chris L.
Inventive die-cut illustrations and rhyming text create an engaging guessing game in these delightful board books. Each sturdy page is a window into the next, inviting readers to explore the wonders of the seasons.
The snow day
Sakai, Komako 1966-
A young bunny wakes up to wonderful news: a snow day! School is canceled, and the morning and afternoon that follow are full of the games and excitement of snow. But the weather brings bad news as well, as his father is stranded in a faraway city. When will he be able to come home? Whatever the...
Clifford's first snow day
Bridwell, Norman.
Join Clifford as he experiences the joys of seeing, and playing in, snow for the first time.
Toys meet snow : being the wintertime adventures of a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray, and a book-loving rubber ball
Jenkins, Emily 1967-
A stuffed buffalo, a plush stingray, and a plastic ball venture outdoors and discover snow for the very first time in this delightful wintry picture book. Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic-the toys from the beloved chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come...
Ladybug Girl and the big snow
Soman, David.
In this hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, Ladybug Girl and Bingo need to look on the bright side of things to make their snow day adventure as much fun as it should be. Lulu and her dog Bingo wake up to a snow-covered...
Pete the cat : snow daze
Dean, James 1957-
New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings readers along for a fun, surprising, snowy adventure with Pete the Cat! In Pete the Cat: Snow Daze, school is canceled, and Pete cannot wait to play in the snow with all his friends. Imagine a day filled with...
The snow globe family
O'Connor, Jane.
Oh, when will it snow again? wonders the little family who lives in the snow globe. They long for a snowstorm? if only someone in the big family would pick up the snow globe and give it a shake. Baby would love to. She notices the little family, but the snow globe is too high for her to reach...
Snow day dance
Hubbell, Will.
At school, as the snow begins to fall, the children talk about how snowflakes are formed. They make paper snowflakes and cover the windows with them. Outside, they see real snowflakes covering the ground. Their teacher smiles and says, "Wear your pajamas backward tonight and do the magic dance."...
Snow day
Demas, Corinne.
Emily loves the snow, but hates snowballs, and it looks as if there's going to be a snow day tomorrow! Is Emily headed for disaster when the other kids begin to plan a big snowball fight, or will a friend come to her rescue and make it the best snow day ever?  
Peppa pig and the day at Snowy Mountain.
It's a celebration of winter sports as Peppa and her charming family have a day of snowy fun. When Peppa Pig and her little brother, George, wake up one day and see that it's snowing, they can't wait to go to Snowy Mountain. There's so much to do there -- sledding (using Daddy's...
The three snow bears
Brett, Jan 1949-
Jan Brett's #1 New York Times bestseller is the snowiest twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears you could ask for! When Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe, she races after them. She comes upon an igloo with no one home and...
The mitten : a Ukrainian folktale
Brett, Jan 1949-
In this bestselling modern classic, a young boy's lost mitten leads to a charming snowy adventure. Jan Brett's beautiful retelling is a family favorite and the board book edition is the perfect gift for the youngest readers. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes...
Winter fun
Schlachter, Rita.
Turtle longs for the joys of June until Rabbit introduces him to the fun of February.
White snow, bright snow
Tresselt, Alvin 1916-2000
* Caldecott Medal Winner * ALA Notable Book * The classic Caldecott Medal-winning picture book about a neighborhood transformed by a delightful snowfall, from the legendary picture book duo Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin. When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman...
Animals in winter
Bancroft, Henrietta.
Read and find out about how animals cope with winter in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book. This is a clear and appealing book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. Introduce kids to basic science ideas as part of discussions about the seasons...
Winter trees
Gerber, Carole.
In this work a boy and his dog take a walk through a wintry forest, using their senses of sight and touch to identify seven common trees. The book also includes additional information about trees and their life cycles.
Winter lullaby
White, Dianne
Rendered with reassuring words and pastoral scenes, this soothing lullaby of a story is sure to settle even the most restless of cubs. Mouse is rushing to her nest. In soft, dry grasses she will rest. Geese are calling, a chilly wind is blowing,...
When winter comes
Van Laan, Nancy
Where oh where do the leaves all go when winter comes and the cold winds blow? What happens to fish, flowers, field mice, and other living things when ponds freeze and the air turns blustery? Walk with a curious child and his parents as winter's first snow falls and find out....
Winter sleep : a hibernation story
Taylor, Sean 1965-
A loud winter's nap
Hudson, Katy
Every year Tortoise sleeps through winter. He assumes he isn't missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun of winter? Best-selling author Katy Hudson's...
Winter, winter, cold and snow
Palermo, Sharon Gibson
A gentle, repetitive story about forest creatures on a cold winter's day and night. With colorful, child-friendly illustrations this is a sweet pick for cozy storytimes by the fire.
Kitten's winter
Fernandes, Eugenie 1943-
Winter comes to Kitten's world, and the little calico leaves her cozy home for an afternoon of exploration and discovery. Kitten learns that even on a frosty day, animal life flourishes: a squirrel forages, an otter goes fishing and a woodpecker taps the side of a bare-limbed tree. At the same time,...
Winter is here
Henkes, Kevin
This picture book about winter celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of seasonal favorites When Spring Comes...
Winter ice is nice
Barkly, Bob
Twelve days of winter : a wildlife celebration
Maret, Sherri
In this re-imagined version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, winter wildlife is observed as the snow comes. What animals do you think you might see? Do you think bears will be included? Why or why not? The only way to find out is to read or sing along as animals watch their world get blanketed by...
The first day of winter
Fleming, Denise 1950-
From renown picture book author Denise Fleming, a cozy, cumulative book to warm a cold winter day Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend. This cumulative tale will have children chanting...
Snow! Snow! Snow!
Harper, Lee 1960-
One night the wind howled, and the snow fell and fell and fell and fell...
Snow day
Peddle, Daniel.
One sunny winter day, a child has a wonderful time building a snowman.But what happens to the snowman after the child goes home? A wordless story full of fresh, cold air and the beauty of winter follows the play of light and the natural rhythm of the unfolding day. A new way of looking at the world...
Snow friends
Butler, M. Christina.
When Little Bear wakes early from his winter sleep he has the most wonderful surprise: SNOW! Little Bear tumbles and skids and stomps and dances, but he soon finds that even snow is no fun without a friend to share it. So he decides to build a snowman... A charming story of friendship, made extra...
Waiting for snow
Arnold, Marsha Diane
Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger's friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow's attention and distract their pal in the...
Willow and the Snow Day Dance
Brennan-Nelson, Denise.
Mr. Larch is not a very neighborly neighbor. He never has any visitors. His gray, gloomy house never has any decorations. He avoids everyone and everyone avoids him. But now Mr. Larch has a new neighbor. Willow and her family have moved into the bright yellow house directly across the street. Willow...
Words to make a friend : a story in Japanese and English
Napoli, Donna Jo 1948-
A clever and innovative bilingual English/Japanese picture book about a Japanese girl and an American girl who prove you don't need to speak the same language to understand each other. When a young Japanese girl moves into her new house, she is happy to see a girl her age...
Winter Bees & other poems of the cold
Sidman, Joyce
     In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman (Song of the Water Boatman, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the...
There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow!
Colandro, Lucille
A wintry twist on the classic song from the bestselling There Was an Old Lady series for kids! You'll never guess what she'll swallow next! There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow. I don't know why she swallowed some snow. Perhaps you know. ...
Mackey, Stephen 1957-
On Midwinter Eve, Miki and her friend Penguin find their wishes come true, as they are given a little tree to brighten up their cold, dark home. However, keeping the fairy lights twinkling takes more energy than even the great Polar Bear can muster. Miki's friends worry when she suddenly...
The wolf in underpants freezes his buns off
Lupano, Wilfrid 1971-
In the second tale of TheWolf in Underpants, winter has arrived and the whole forest is freezing! As animals stock up on nuts, bread, and cheese wheels, they notice the Wolf is in a frosty mood. Then smaller critters begin to disappear. Will fear grip the forest once again? Or is another lesson...
Here comes Jack Frost
Kohara, Kazuno
One cold morning a lonely boy wishes for something to do. His animal friends are hibernating, and he has nobody to play with-even all the birds have flown south. When he meets Jack Frost, the last thing he expects is to make a new friend... or to discover how enchanting winter can be!
Little penguins
Rylant, Cynthia
Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott Honor-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson pair up to tell this wintry story about five little penguins enjoying a snowy day. Snowflakes? Many snowflakes. Winter is coming. So begins this ever-so...
Be brave, little penguin
Andreae, Giles 1966-
A little penguin overcomes his BIGGEST fear in this universal rhyming story from the international bestselling creators of Giraffes Can't Dance!Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there's just one problem . . . he's scared of...
Penguin and Pinecone : a friendship story
Yoon, Salina
Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon introduces readers to a beloved character in Penguin and Pinecone--a picture book about friendship that will warm your heart! When curious little Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into...
First snow
McCarty, Peter
It's a day of firsts for Pedro . . . First snowfall. First snow angel. First taste of a snowflake. First sled run. First snowball fight! All the joy, magic, and wonder of a child's first experiences are captured...

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