8 Favorite Children’s Books for Winter

There’s nothing like curling up with a lap full of children, a cozy blanket, and good book on a chilly afternoon. There are so many offerings out there for young children. The ones below are especially suited to helping children not only learn about winter but to connect with it emotionally, through depictions of nature and every day experiences.



Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

A children’s classic for three generations, this shows the playful experience of a young boy in an urban setting during a very snow day–and week. Loved by all ages, it is a particular favorite of the kindergarten set, as they can relate to Peter who is “too little” to join in the bigger boys’ games.


The First Snowfall by Anne and Harlow Rockwell

Anne Rockwell is the queen of children’s literature, in my opinion. She always chooses precisely the right word that is both the most simple and the most provocative. This story is especially suited for toddlers and preschoolers.


Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

This board book takes you on a whimsical journey into winter (and back out) through the eyes of an adorable rabbit. Perfect for babies, the inventive illustrations will delight your whole family.



The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrations by Garth Williams

The autobiographical account of a particularly harsh 19th century winter on the Dakota frontier. This story will not only give your children a glimpse into the past, it will inspire them to cheerfully bear their own burdens as they reflect on the kinds of difficulties experienced by the American pioneers. Appropriate for all ages, it will resonate most with those aged five and up.



The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren

Based on a famous Swedish poem, this lyrical book with its peaceful and evocative watercolors is the perfect story to read by the fire or just before bed. I’ve found this book to captivate all my children, from age one right on up.


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The Story of the Snow Children by Sibylle von Olfers

A fanciful German fairy tale, retold in simple but delightful language and enriched with the kind of exquisite illustrations Sibylle von Olfers is famous for. (I highly recommend the other books in this series, as well, especially The Root Children.) Appropriate for all ages, but kindergarten and early grade school students will especially adore it.



Sugar on Snow by Nan Parson Rossiter

The fictional tale of a Vermont family who gets maple syrup the old-fashioned way! I have read a ton of books on “sugaring off,” but this is by far the perennial favorite for both myself and my children.



Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie de Paola

This is a wordless picture book. You can enjoy it for the illustrations or embellish with your own telling. The humorous depiction of a woman trying her hardest to make pancakes from scratch will enchant and delight your whole family–and since you can tell the story any way you like, it’s perfect for any age.

Please, share! What are your favorite family winter reads?

One comment

  1. Jessi says:

    Other Little House books are great winter reads (especially “Farmer Boy” and “On the Banks of Plum Creek”). And don’t forget “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.

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