What’s cozier than starting a snowy new year with the perfect page-turner? We’re sharing some vaguely winter-themed books for kiddos of all ages that you can pick up at the local library. Enjoy this booklist and let us know if your family reads any of these (mostly) thematic titles!
Toddler (ages 2-3)
Little Owl’s Snow by Divya Srinivasan
Your own little one can join this little owl as it uncovers the signs of winter. The author and illustrator, Divya Srinivasan, captivates a younger audience with her stunning and whimsical illustrations.
The Mitten by Jan Brett
This classic by Jan Brett brings alive the magic of a famous Ukrainian folktale, with a full menagerie of woodland creatures. Beautifully narrated with equally splendid pictures, this might be the quintessential winter book for young kids and adults alike!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
No list of winter books for little ones is complete without this classic winter picture book! A heartwarming tale of a young boy enjoying a snowy winter’s day, this book brings home not only a wondrous story but also representation and inclusivity.
Primary (ages 3-6)
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper & Kenard Pak
This is a cozy, heartwarming story of what all beautiful, lovely things can be done on a chilly, winter day only if we really pause and listened. A peaceful and calm picture book for primary aged kiddos, this one should stay on your shelf year-round.
Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor & Alex Morss
Packed with heart-warming illustrations and facts about the winter sleep of animals, this kindergarten winter book doubles up as an educational read. It is a story of a young boy, staying with his grandmother, who discovers the science behind seasons. This hibernation story is sure to elevate your child’s curiosity and get them observing the subtle signs of winter!
A Day So Gray by Marie Lamba & Alea Marley
This is a wonderful story to nurture gratitude and help children see the half glass full. An ever-discontented girl only manages to see the dullness of winter months till her friend asks her to have a more mindful look. A must add to your child’s wintertime round-up!
The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper & Carson Ellis
This is a warm, lovely book about the winter solstice and the cultural practices associated with it around the world. The story beautifully weaves science and culture together, bringing out a masterpiece.
Lower Elementary (ages 6-9)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate & Patricia Castelao
Though not a wintery tale, this unforgettable novel celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.
This short novel features first-person narrative; author’s use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective), all wonderful ways to help your early reader learn about storytelling.
The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag
Upper Elementary (ages 9-12)
The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
A collection of twelve traditional tales from around the world that honor the “return of the light” that takes place on the winter solstice, this anthology is perfect for the student who adores enchantment. Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales-from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia – that honor this magical moment. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid. In his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear…and then Odd’s destiny begins to change.
This thrilling, wintry Nordic tale by Neil Gaiman, weaves a magical story of legend and adventure that will enchant young readers from beginning to end.