As colder weather approaches, you may wonder how to introduce the winter season to toddlers and preschoolers. The snowy, wintery books on this list can help. In these winter books, kids can learn about:
- Snowy, icy weather
- Winter activities
- Winter traditions
- Animal behavior in winter
- Winter adventures
- And so much more
Find the perfect book to cozy up with on a cold day. Discover the winter story that inspires a snowy adventure.
- Not quite ready for winter? Check out the fall book list for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Or ready for winter to be over? Explore the spring book list for toddlers and preschoolers.
Winter Board Books for Toddlers
By Lois Ehlert
Toddlers can explore the delightful collage snowpeople in this winter board book.
A Winter Walk in the City
By Cathy Goldberg Fishman, illustrated by Melanie Hall
Count and learn about wintertime holidays in this colorful board book for toddlers.
By Lita Judge
Discover what it sounds like when a pack of woodland animals borrows a child’s red sled.
By Jan Brett
The Mitten is an absolute classic winter story about some very determined critters trying to stay warm in the cold.
Winter Is Here
By Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
With bold illustrations, Winter Is Here introduces favorite winter concepts. Winter Is Here is also available in paperback and hardcover.
By Marion Dane Bauer
Readers can follow along as a fox learns what each animal in the forest does to prepare for winter. This book is also available in hardcover.
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No Two Alike
By Keith Baker
This board book explores the concepts of opposites and matching while adventuring through a wintery forest.
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
By Jeffrey Burton, illustrated by Sanja Rescek
This wintery board book uses rhymes to share about the adventure of a tiny snowman.
Hello, World! Snow
By Jill McDonald
This cheerful nonfiction board book introduces toddlers to all things snow-related.
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Bear Snores On
By Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
This fun rhyming board book is about a hibernating bear and the shenanigans he sleeps through.
Preschool Winter Stories
The Snowman Waltz
By Karen Konnerth, illustrated by Emily Neilson
Readers can follow along with a group of snowmen dancing through the wintery weather.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter
By Kenard Pak
Pak’s book series is the perfect way to introduce early learners to the changing seasons.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
By Kenard Pak
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring is the perfect book for the slow transition from winter to springtime. Remember, winter doesn’t last forever.
One Snowy Day
By Diana Murray, illustrated by Diana Toledano
One Snowy Day is an adorable wintery book that introduces rhyming and counting concepts.
Chirri & Chirra, The Snowy Day
By Kaya Doi, translated by Yuki Kaneko
Readers can follow Chirri and Chirra on an epic winter adventure.
The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack Keats
This classic children’s book follows a little boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowfall.
A Loud Winter’s Nap
By Katy Hudson
A Loud Winter’s Nap is the story of a tortoise who planned on sleeping straight through winter, but his companions have other ideas.
By Dianne White, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki
This sweet, cozy rhyming book is the perfect winter bedtime story.
By Jane Yolen
A father and daughter go on a cold, wintery night adventure searching for hooting owls.
Sneezy the Snowman
By Maureen Wright, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
The characters in this goofy book have to work together to solve a wintery dilemma.
By Uri Shulevitz
“But snowflakes don’t listen to the radio.” This short and quirky winter children’s book is honestly a must-have on any toddler or preschool bookshelf.
By Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Jenni Desmond
This poetry children’s book looks at how different types of birds live through the winter months. This is the perfect book for a winter birds unit along with Owl Moon. Hall is also the author of The Honeybee, a children’s book on our bee books list.
Winter Nonfiction Books
Best in Snow
By April Pulley Sayre
The incredible photography and simple text introduce readers to the beauty of winter.
By Yoojin Kim & Nicole Yen, illustrated by Kathryn Selbert
This beautiful, elaborate winter pop-up book shows readers how nature changes to wintery weather.
I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer
By Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Readers can adventure to the North Pole alongside Matthew Henson in this snowy children’s biography.
Over and Under the Snow
By Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
This nonfiction winter picture book allows readers to explore nature at different levels.
Curious about Snow
By Gina Shaw
This nonfiction snow book teaches early learners about snow science and snowy weather with real photographs.
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
This biographical story shares about a boy who grew up to pursue his lifelong love of nature and dream of understanding snowflakes.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder
By Jon Nelson, photography by Mark Cassino
A snow scientist and a nature photographer created this nonfiction snow book.
All about Animals in Winter
By Martha E. H. Rustad
This book is a short, simple introduction to animal behavior in winter. This book perfectly pairs with our penguin book list.
100+ Ice Play Activities
Even if you don’t love snowy weather, I hope a book on this list can help you find some winter wonder. Add even more conversations to stories with fun winter-themed “would you rather” questions for kids.
These books help toddlers and preschoolers discover how the winter season affects the weather, animals, and humans too. The right winter book can help us appreciate nature, even on its coldest days.