Winter Children’s Books

Finn and I have been taking A LOT of trips to the library.  There is usually a notice that my on hold books are on the bottom shelf because there are so many.  We walk out with smiles on our faces, our bag full and usually some that wouldn’t fit, balance on my arms.  At the beginning of this month–Snow Month–I went searching for books on snow.  I found a few recommendations from other websites, but what was the most helpful was the library catalogue.  There were quite a few that we read once and returned, but some have quickly become favorites that we will be sad to return when the time comes.

Here’s what we found:

The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak: We went to see the Nutcracker put on by the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company a few weeks ago and we all fell in love, but Finn fell hardest of all.

Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde: This is a really sweet story of Father Time and his son Winter.  It was so tender and uplifting.

Snow Bears by Martin Waddell: This book captures well the way Mama’s and her babies play together!  I really love this one.

Christmas Eve at the Mellops’ by Tomi Ungerer:  A quirky and funny Christmas Eve tale!  A great find by Kendy. (There is a picture of an imprisoned pig smoking, so if that offends your sensibilities I would steer clear of this one.)

The Snow Day by Komako Saki: The illustrations in this book are beautiful.  Originally written in Japanese, this is a story of a Mama and her kiddo on a snowy day.

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart: I felt like I learned reading this book AND that Finn enjoyed it!  There is a lot of life under the snow!

The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren: The Tomten comes out at night and walks around the snowy farm talking to and caring for the animals.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz: Again, I love the illustrations in this book.  It reminds me of Prague.  A boy and his dog experience snow.

Owl Moon by Jan Yolen: These books of kiddos with their Papas are good for our hearts.  A papa takes his little girl owling for her first time.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin: Tells the story of Wilson Bentley.

My Brother Loved Snowflakes by Mary Bahr: Another story of Wilson Bentley told from the perspective of his brother.

Counting on Snow by Maxwell Newhouse: A well illustrated counting book of Arctic Animals.

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor: I recommend this book with hesitations.  I think I am the only one that liked this book, but the anticipation of and longing for a snow storm definitely pull me in.

I would love to hear any of your recommendations!  Please share in the comments below.


  • Kristinastoneberg

    Please read The Mitten (or most anything) by, Jan Brett!

  • Mollie Guillemette

    Yes!  I will!  This must be a good book.  You're the second person to suggest it!  I hope you had a good Christmas. 

  • Sally Wilkins

    Another classic: Ezra Jack Keats' _The Snowy Day_. Oh, and Jan Brett's _The Mitten_

  • Mollie Guillemette

    Hi, Sally!  Yes.  "The Snowy Day" is a great book.  I actually meant to add that to the list and only realized after I already posted it! So, I'm glad that you mentioned it.  I haven't read "The Mitten" before.  I'll add it to my library list.  

    Thanks for visiting!  If you are celebrating, I hope your holidays are going well.

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