The Best Winter Books for Preschoolers and Toddlers

With colder weather on the way, you may be looking for some winter books for preschoolers and toddlers. 

We love having a seasonal book rotation. It helps keep our home library feeling fresh and gets us out of book ruts, like when my toddler only wants to read Chika Chika Boom Boom over and over. Infusing some “new” books regularly keeps our collection from feeling stale.

Winter books are especially helpful since the cold often has us staying inside more. With so much indoor time to fill, books are an easy way to keep us busy.

If you want to find some more ways to keep little kids busy this winter, check out our snow day activities!

We have a fairly extensive collection of winter holiday books that we pull out every year. If you’re interested, you can see the list of our top 25 Christmas board books and our favorite Valentine’s day books for toddlers.

After the holiday when we put those away, there is still a lot of winter left. We’re all a bit sad when the Christmas things are packed up and I wanted to fill that void with some new things. I tried to find some wintery stories that we could keep reading through the remaining months of darkness and cold.

Also, we love the snow! We’ve never lived anywhere that gets tons of snow, so with just a few snowfalls most years it maintains its novelty. So books about snow are a big hit here.

So I searched for books about winter and snow for my kids.

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Here are the 10 Best Winter Books For Preschoolers and Toddlers:

The Mitten

By Jan Brett

The Mitten is a fun winter story about a boy’s white mitten that the forest animals climb into to get warm. The mitten stretches and stretches to fit larger and larger animals. It’s silly and fun with beautiful illustrations. This is a favorite in our house.

The Snowy Day

By Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day is a timeless, classic story about Peter is a must have for your winter collection. This shares the joys of playing the snow with your kids. Perfect in its simplicity, if you get only one winter book, make it this one.

Snowmen at Night

By Caraly Buehner

Ever wonder what snowmen do while you are sleeping? Well this winter story Snowmen at Night tells all about the night time antics of snowmen. We love this adorable book with it’s gorgeous illustrations. There are also hidden images to find throughout adding even more fun!

Sneezy the Snowman

By Maureen Wright

Sneezy the Snowman is a silly story of a snowman who tries to warm up is sure to make your little ones laugh. Kids will enjoy this funny story while also learning about cold and hot. My littles also love saying achoo with Sneezy.

Winter Is Here

By Kevin Henkes

Winter Is Here is a cute book about winter that explains the seasonal changes and snowy weather. It is a great introduction to winter weather for little kids. We especially like the part that tells about dressing for the cold and snow.

The Snowy Nap

By Jan Brett

Another beautiful winter book from Jan Brett.  The Snowy Nap is the story of Hedgie, the hedgehog, as winter approaches. The farm animals tell Hedgie all about their winter fun and he doesn’t want to miss it while he hibernates. This is a cute and cozy winter story and kids love seeing all of the animals.

Snowman’s Story

By Will Hillenbrand

This snowy story is perfect for re-readers as it is told entirely through pictures. Yep, there are no words in Snowman’s Story, but that doesn’t stop kids from following the snowman’s adventure. It is surprising how much is conveyed through these beautiful illustrations and my kids love being able to “read” this book by themselves.

Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

Over and Under the Snow is a beautiful picture book teaches children about how animals survive the cold of winter. The writing is nearly poetic and even captivates my toddler. I love that the kids are learning science as they enjoy this story.

The Biggest Snowman Ever

By Steven Kroll

The Biggest Snowman Ever is a cute story about mice building a snowman. It has a nice message about working together. We like the huge snowman and the theme of cooperation.

That’s Not My Snowman

By Fiona Watt

We love the “That’s not my…” books from Usbourne and That’s Not My Snowman one is a favorite! Short and sweet with different textures to touch on each page this is a perfect winter toddler book. 


Do you have any favorite winter books in your house that we missed? Let us know!

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Hey, I’m Rachel.

I have three awesome sons and an amazing husband. I left my professional career to be a stay-at-home-mom and love it. Since then I spend most of my time chasing my wild boys and trying to keep the house from looking like a complete disaster.

Occasionally, I get to read a cheesy romance novel, attempt crafty things, or binge Netflix. But when I’m not doing that, you can find me here trying to help you figure out the easiest ways to feed your family, live on one income, or make some of the millions of decisions moms tackle every day.

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