Snuggle up with these 20 Winter Books for Preschoolers that will delight, amuse, and teach kids of all ages during January.
Winter Books for Preschoolers
Winter brings lots of changes to nature, and also offers all kinds of opportunities for playing in the snow. This list of winter books for preschoolers includes stories about snow day play, animals preparing for hibernation, and the many changes in nature that winter brings.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter was written and illustrated by Kenard Pak. This beautifully illustrated book follows a brother and sister as they wander through town, noting the changes in nature that signal the start of winter.
The Snowy Day was written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. This classic tale follows a young boy named Peter as he wakes up on a snowy morning, and spends the day exploring the snow covered world around him.
Snow was written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Lauren Stringer. This lyrical book celebrates the different types of snowfall and the emotions that can accompany each one.
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow was written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee. This fun addition to the There Was An Old Lady series follows a cold woman as she swallows snow and other winter related objects, leading to a funny ending.
Snow was written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. This story follows a young boy and his dog as they try to convince the people around them that one snowflake will lead to something amazing.
The Snowy Nap was written and illustrated by Jan Brett. Hedgie knows that winter is coming, but he doesn’t want to miss all the winter fun by hibernating. So he decides to stay up. Luckily, a little girl named Lisa finds him before a snowstorm puts him in danger, and gives him a chance to experience winter safely. Check out these fun activities to pair with the story!
Snowmen at Night was written by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner. This creative story explores the question about what happens to the snowmen in our yards when we go to sleep at night. The rhyming text is paired with adorable illustrations of friendly and happy snowmen.
Little Owl’s Snow was written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan. Join Little Owl as he navigates his first winter along with his friend Raccoon. When he starts to miss his hibernating friend, his mother reminds him that Spring will return soon enough. Pair the story with these fun activities!
Let It Snow was written and illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. This book introduces little ones to the winter season and all of the fun activities that they can enjoy during the snowy months. The book uses large, simple text and brightly colored illustrations to engage young readers.
Winter Dance was written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Richard Jones. Follow the fox as he talks to other animals in the woods and learns about the ways that they prepare for the winter months.
Bunny Slopes was written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda. This interactive book encourages the reader to help the bunny in the story to ski down the mountain. The text asks the reader to flip, turn, and manipulate the book to help the bunny with his task.
Frederick was written and illustrated by Leo Lionni. Frederick is a little mouse who is preparing for winter. However, while his friends gather food and prepare their home, Frederick is busy collecting words and memories. But in the gray days of winter, they may find his warm memories to be more helpful than they thought.
Bear Has a Story to Tell was written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. This sweet book follows a cute bear who just wants to share a story with his friends. but they are all busy preparing for winter. When they all wake up after hibernating, will he remember the story?
The Mitten Tree was written by Candace Christiansen and illustrated by Elaine Greenstein. This touching book tells the story of Sarah, a little old woman who watches the young children playing at the bus stop and decides to make a pair of mittens for the young boy who doesn’t have any. Her kind act begins a game between her and the children, and teaches a sweet lesson on kindness and giving without recognition.
Snowballs was written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. The text uses simple text and Ehlert’s collage style illustrations to show young kids how found objects can help them to create fun snow friends.
First Snow was written by Nancy Viau and illustrated by Talitha Shipman. This story follows a young brother and sister as they venture out on the first snowy day to explore and play. Pair this book with these fun snow themed activities!
The Biggest Snowman Ever was written by Steven Kroll and illustrated by Jeni Bassett. This winter themed follow up to The Biggest Pumpkin Ever follows the little mice Clayton and Desmond as they vow to make the biggest snowman ever.
The Night Before the Snow Day was written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer. This spin on the classic Christmas poem follows a young girl as she prepares for a possible snow day the next day.
Winter is Here was written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek. This book uses simple language and beautifully painted illustrations to explore the beauty of the winter season.
Pete the Cat: Snow Daze was written and illustrated by James Dean. When school is cancelled, Pete the Cat heads out to play in the snow, but he soon starts to wonder if there is such a thing as too many snowy days.