Ahhh… winter! It’s time to grab your hot cocoa and a cozy blanket, gather your kids, and snuggle up with a good book.
Here is a list of favorite picture books recommended by NCW Libraries’ librarians!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A small boy’s enchantment with a city’s snowfall has him making snow angels and snowballs, sliding down snow mountains – and looking forward to going outside again. This book is available in print and is animated on hoopla.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Have you ever wondered what lies under the quiet blanket of white that winter brings? While we walk on top of the snow, find out what lies under our feet in this revealing Junior Non-Fiction book. This book is available in print and as an eBook on hoopla.
Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda
Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. Is there any obstacle Bunny can’t conquer? This book is available as an eBook on hoopla.
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy is big and strong! She pushes dirt and plows snow with a chug, chug, chug. One wintery day a big snow blizzard buries the town of Geoppolis! Read how Katy rescues the town and it’s people in the classic storybook for children. This book is available in print and as an eBook on hoopla.
First Snow by Bomi Park
Look out. Now look up. From the sky one flake falls, then another. And just like that—it’s snowing. Follow a young girl on her adventures in the year’s first snowy day. This book is available as an eBook on hoopla.
Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
The snow is swirling, winter is here and Fox is wondering what he should do. What do you do in the winter time? The other animals try to help him by telling what they do in the winter, but it just doesn’t seem right until he meets someone special. This book is available in print.
A Day So Gray by Marie Lamba, illustrator by Alea Marley
Once you start to notice, colors and reasons for gratitude are everywhere, and that changes everything! Celebrate the hues and comforts of a cozy winter day as a discontented girl at first notices only dull grays and browns in a snowy landscape but is coaxed by her friend to look more closely. This book is available in print.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
Did you know that every snowflake has a uniquely different shape? Learn about Bentley’s fascination with the six pointed crystals, his perseverance as a scientist and his vision that led to important discoveries about the wonders of nature’s beauty to see as you read about his life in this junior biography. This book is available in print and as an eAudiobook on hoopla.
Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
Aaachoo! Sneezy the Snowman is cold. So he drinks a nice, warm cup of hot cocoa. Glug, glug, glug…. and melts right before your eyes! “Make me brand new!” says Sneezy. But when he becomes a snowman Sneezy is cold again. Can he find something that doesn’t melt him away and makes him feel good at the same time? This book is available in print.
One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng, illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
Two woodland friends spot a mysterious pile of snow decked out with funny objects which they put to use in unintended and highly original ways, proving that things are what you make of them. This book is available in print.
Toad has Talent by Richard Smythe
Every winter, when Moonlight Pond freezes over, all of the forest animals come out to take part in the annual talent contest. But Toad is unsure of what he will do. Can he discover his talent in time? See the creative way each animal uses his body to perform a talent in this uplifting story. This book is available in print and as an eBook on hoopla.
Cozy by Jan Brett
His mother and father named him Cozy because his silky coat was so soft and thick. When he gets separated from his family many little creatures find refuge and comfort and house rules under his cozy fur. This book is available in print and as an eBook on Overdrive.
The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Chris Turnham
Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways. This book is available in print and as an eBook on hoopla.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! This book is available in print and is animated on hoopla.
Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
Penguin needs a friend and he finds it in Pinecone. Even though they live far apart from each other Penguin and Pinecone find ways to show love to each other. A heart warming book. This book is available in print.
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
Have you ever wondered about the secret life of a snowman? Do they sometimes look different in the morning than they did the night before? Find out what fun things these snowmen do after dark! To add to the wintertime mystery the illustrator has hidden some special guests in his paintings! This book is available in print.
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Pull on your mittens and head outside with Lois Ehlert for a snowball day! Grab some snow and start rolling. With a few found objects, like buttons and fabric and seeds, and a little imagination, you can create a whole family out of snow. This book is available in print.