In the cold days of winter, there’s nothing like cozying up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. Here are some of our favorite winter themed picture books you and your family will love.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Nicki’s grandmother knits him a pair of white mittens, which he wears as he goes outside to play in the snow. But white mittens can easily be lost- – Nicki loses one, and soon the forest animals become interested in it. How many animals can fit in one mitten? Young children will find out in this charming and humorous book.
Winter on the Farm by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Young farmer boy Almanzo goes through his afternoon barn chores, and then sits down to eat a hearty farm supper with his family. In this first book about Almanzo, young readers are able to share in the warmth and joy of another Little House family and celebrate new Little House adventures.
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan
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? In this book you’ll tale a walk with a curious child and his parents as winter’s first snow falls.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
A modern-day classic, Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is a haunting look at a one-night adventure as the little boy and his snowman friend fly over field and ocean to reach the North Pole.
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
In the Nipigon country north of the Great Lakes a young boy carved the figure of an Indian in a canoe and christened him Paddle-to-the-Sea. He sets his carving melting snow bank which the spring sun turns into a tumbling mountain stream. You’ll follow Paddle on a journey that takes him hundreds of miles from his birthplace through the Great Lakes, down the Saint Lawrence River, and out to sea.
Curious George in the Snow by H.A. Rey
George and the man with the yellow hat enjoy watching the winter sports competition. When they stop to warm up with some cocoa, George’s curiosity about the racing equipment leads to some wild rides up and down the slopes. He creates quite a stir at the resort, and may even create a new sport!
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy is a big bulldozer that plows snow in the winter. But when winter comes and there isn’t much snow, all the other plows are put to use and Katy is kept in. Until one day, a great snowstorm hits and everyone in the town, including all the other snow plows, are stranded! Now, it’s up to Katy and her “chug, chug, chug” endurance to get the town moving again.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Snow in Vermont is as common as dirt. Why would anyone want to photograph it? Snowflake Bentley is a biographical portrait of a farm boy who loved snowflakes. He loved them so much that as he grew up he learned to photograph them and share them with the world.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Illustrations by Susan Jeffers perfectly portray the stanzas in Robert Frost’s classic poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. White woods, towns, and snowflakes play up the warmth of colors on the man’s plaid jacket and sleigh blanket. A perfect way to snuggle up a cold night, and introduce young children to the beauty of Frost’s poetry!
Other Books You Might Enjoy:
- The Berenstain Bears Winter Wonderland by Jan & Mike Berenstain
- The Hat by Jan Brett
- Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
- I’m Going to Give You a Polar Bear Hug by Caroline B. Cooney
- Mr. Putter and Tabby Hit the Slope by Cynthia Rylant
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss
- Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
- Cam Jansen and the Snowy Day Mystery by David A. Adler
- Eloise and the Snowman by Kay Thompson
- Hank the Cowdog and the Case of the Twisted Kitty by John R. Erickson
- The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- Mary Emma & Company by Ralph Moody
- The Mystery in the Snow by Gertrude Chandler Warren
We hope these book recommendations are a blessing to your homeschool this winter! For more book suggestions and ideas for how to incorporate picture books into your homeschool, head here.