12 Wonderful Winter Reads

12 Wonderful Winter Picture Books
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12 Wonderful Winter Reads

Even though Christmas has passed Winter is still with us. I have chosen a collection of wonderful winter reads for you and your child to explore.
The books take you from autumn to winter and describe hibernation. Others explore characters dealing with winter from the funny to the more realistic. 
Head out to your local library or bookstore to find some of these great books. Or you can purchase through the affiliate links under each book. I may earn some commission from these sales but it won’t cost you a penny more!
You can also find a roundup of creative winter crafts, including icicles, slime, snowflakes, snow globes, bird feeders and paintings.

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Winter Picture Books

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

“Join a brother and sister as they explore nature and take a stroll through their twinkling town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the setting sun to curious deer, they say goodbye to autumn and welcome the glorious first snow of winter.” Henry Holt and Co.

The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

“When a young girl named Kikko realizes her father has forgotten the pie he was supposed to bring to Grandma’s house, she offers to try and catch him as he makes his way through the woods. She hurriedly follows her father’s footprints in the snow and happens upon a large house she has never seen before. Curious, Kikko peers through the window, when she is startled by a small lamb wearing a coat and carrying a purse. Even more surprising, the lamb speaks, asking her in a kind voice, Are you here for the tea party? Suddenly, Kikko realizes her trip through the woods has turned into something magical.” Kids Can Press

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

“The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. 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.” Puffin Book

You can also buy a plush toy of the the young boy from The Snowy Day.

Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins

“A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that’s exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade–and also lemon-limeade. With a catchy refrain (Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LIMEADE! Lemon lemon LIME, Lemon LEMONADE!), plus simple math concepts throughout.” Schwartz & Wade

Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood

“Two children half a world away from each other are connected in an unexpected way. Way, way up north in a snow-covered world, a young girl is surprised when, instead of a fish on the end of her fishing line, there is a small, brightly painted wooden bird. Day after day her fishing pole brings up more colorful surprises. When visiting the fishing hole for the last time, she drops a little wooden bear into the water. Far away, a young boy walks along a beach in the hot, hot sun. He throws a colorful object into the water. Then something catches his eye. A small wooden bear washed up on the beach.” Peachtree Publishing Company

You’re Snug With Me by Chitra Soundar

“At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. “Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask. “‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.” “What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask. “The ocean, full of ice from long ago.” And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, “You’re snug with me.”” Lantana Publishers

Penguin Problems by John Jory

“This penguin has come to tell you that life in Antarctica is no paradise. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you. It seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . . “ Random House Books for Young Readers

Once Upon a Snowstorm by Richard Johnson

A wordless picture book. “The story of a father and his son who live by themselves in a cosy cabin in the woods. But, one day they are separated out in the beautifully falling snow. The boy is lost and falls asleep. When he wakes up he is surrounded by blinking eyes, a rabbit, a fox, an owl and all manner of other creatures have surrounded him! But with a bear hug he and the woodland animals become best of friends! But soon he misses his dad and so the animals bring him back home. The father opens up his heart and home, and lets nature and love envelop their previously lonely existence.” Faber & Faber Children’s

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat by Vern Kousky

“What makes a bear special? For Harold, it is his beloved striped woolly hat. He wears it when he sleeps, when he goes to school, and even when he takes his monthly bath. But when a crow whisks the hat off his head and high up into a nest, Harold doesn’t feel so special anymore. He tries everything to get it back–offering the crow blueberries, worms, and even shiny objects–but alas, the crow will not budge. Turns out that the hat has a new special purpose: keeping three baby crows warm. This heartwarming picture book features an irresistible bear and gently reinforces the notion that it doesn’t matter what you have, it’s who you are that matters.” Schwartz & Wade

Teach Your Giraffe to Ski by Viviane Elbee

“Your giraffe wants to learn how to ski—but but not on the bunny hill. She wants to go down the big scary slope! Enjoy this riotous journey as the narrator tries to reign their giraffe in—and learns something about courage along the way.” Albert Whitman & Company

Snuggle Down Deep by Diane Ohanesian

“It’s wintertime, a quiet time, no creatures left in sight. They’re dreaming, snoozing, snoring through each morning, noon, and night…. As winter arrives and fluffly snowflakes begin to fall, animal families gather together to snuggle down deep against the cold. They prepare and cozy up their dens, nests, and underground tunnels. Then they curl up nose to nose, cheek to cheek, snuggle down deep, and sleep.” little bee books

Chilly da Vinci by Jarrett Rutland

“While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci–self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet! When Chilly’s latest invention, the Good Bird crashes into the penguins’ home iceberg, it separates a chunk of ice and sends the penguins drifting out to sea. Can Chilly invent a machine to get them home before a hungry orca nibbles the ice away? The book includes an author’s note about the Leonardo da Vinci and the inventor’s early failures.” NorthSouth Books

I would love to know your favourite winter reads are. Are they classics you read over and over again?  Let me know in the comments.

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