Winter & Snow Picture Books

This morning my daughter called me to the window because she discovered a white peak that had formed over the night on our little bird feeder. It was a charming sight! The fresh powdery snow sat like a small cap on the feeder. As I looked around at the snow trimming the rails of our porch, the bare trees, and the roofs of the houses behind our home, the last line of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Winter-Time” came to mind: 

“And tree, and house, and hill and lake / Are frosted like a wedding-cake.”


My children are especially excitable this winter because we lived in Southern Texas for three years where we had one dusting of snow (emphasis on the dusting). They will finally be able to experience the joys of sledding down a hill and building a snowman taller than themselves.

Snow doesn’t need an introduction but I’ve been reading my children books about snow since they were toddlers and it has only increased their anticipation for their first big Midwest snowfall.

We have read MANY winter books over the years, but this is a list of the ones we love most. I hope these delightful books make their way into your library bag or on your bookshelf and that you enjoy them as much as we do!

Winter Booklist:


The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader


Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda


Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton


The Mitten by Jan Brett


Owl Moon by Jane Yolen


Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle


The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers


The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino


Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming


White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt


Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Now it’s your turn! What are your family’s favorite picture books about wintertime? Please share in the comments below.

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