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 Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

If your family enjoys animal stories, this beautifully illustrated Caldecott winner is a must-read! You’ll meet Mrs. Cotton-Tail, little ground-hog, and many other woodland creatures and learn how they survive when snow blankets their forest home.

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.

Brave Irene by William Steig

Your children will be inspired by the example of Irene as she overcomes adversity. When Irene’s mother, the dressmaker falls ill, it’s up to young Irene to deliver the beautiful ball gown she’s made for the duchess to wear that evening. Despite the fierce snowstorm that’s brewing, Brave Irene overcomes many obstacles, including the wiles of the wicked wind, to complete her mission and receive the warmhearted thanks of a grateful duke and duchess.

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:

Picture Books

Early Readers

We hope these book recommendations are a blessing to your homeschool this winter! For more Homeschool Compass book lists, head here.

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Kelly was homeschooled by her mom growing up, and is now a student at Lasell University in Newton, MA. She lives in Lynn, MA, and is a follower of Jesus. She also loves watching baseball with her family and spending time with her autistic brother Jordan.