10 wonderful picture books for winter


Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser (2009).

This one manages to be beautiful and hilarious at the same time.




A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis (2008).

The pop of orange amidst all that white snow!!




The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc (2014).

Ah. This book. Good in every way and about wintering with a new friend.



Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara (2009).

A boy chases Jack Frost, frolicking until the first bud of spring arrives.



The Snow Girl retold by Robert Giraud, illustrated by Hélène Muller (2014).

A favorite story, a wonderful retelling.



Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam.

An absolute favorite of 2014. Kindness warms the cold.



Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (2011).

Full of beautiful contrasts that encourage both science and imagination.



Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr (1987).

A classic (the classic?) winter picture book.




Making a Friend by Alison McGhee, illustrations by Marc Rosenthal (2011).

“What you love will always be with you.” Let the tears commence.



Red Sled by Lita Judge (2011).

A book to read over and over again, not unlike a sleigh ride.



These are my favorite wintry picture books, please tell me yours!  




15 Responses to 10 wonderful picture books for winter

  1. Oh I love winter books! Amazing to see what visual elements are chosen to contrast with so much white snow.

    One of my newest favs (in addition to these greats) is Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston and Illustrated by Jim LaMarche.

    My all time fav is Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin with Mary Azarian’s dynamite wood block prints.

  2. I love books set in winter too! So magical! A few of my favorites are Small, Medium, and Large by Jane Monroe Donovan, Winter is for Snow by Robert Neubecker, Outside by Deirdre Gill, and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost and Susan Jeffers.

  3. dheape says:

    What a beautiful list! I adore Lion and Bird.

  4. Amélie says:

    Gorgeous, love them all!

  5. writingmonique says:

    I love picture books 🙂 Jack Frost sounds incredible!


  6. I adore ‘Over and Under’ and ‘The Lion and the Bird’! And I’ve been meaning to track down a copy of ‘Fox’s Garden,’ so thanks for the reminder. I think I saw it on a Best of list from 2014 – it looks beautiful! By the way, I recently read an e-galley of Marianne Dubuc’s newest, which, as expected, is also gorgeous. I believe it’s available from Netgalley if you have access!

  7. Brave Irene by William Steig is one of our favorite winter/snowy books. Fox’s Garden is amazing, isn’t it? I am in awe.

  8. Bonnie Eng says:

    These book covers make me feel chilly and warmed at the same time. Would love to cuddle up with some of these right now, especially the penguin one bc I LOVE PENGUINS. 🙂

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