Winter Books for Children of All Ages

shelved under Children's Books

Light a fire, make some hot chocolate (don't forget the marshmallows!), and snuggle up with your child and read these charming books about winter.


Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

Heather Lawrence says:

A simply told story of a father taking his child out owling for the first time, on a night with a bright owl moon when you can't speak and have to be brave, to see if they can spot an owl out in the woods. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't — you never know! Told relaxingly from the child's perspective.


The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg

Patsy says:

One of my all time favorites... especially the set that includes the book on tape. I've officially now listened to it — while I flip the pages — more times than my grandsons. Shhh, I sneak peeks between their visits. The illustrations and the story awaken the child within me: I'm on the train (can't you hear its chugging pace?), I'm searching for my ticket, I'm watching out the windows, cold nose pressed against the glass... it's as if the writer gives the train full of growing children one last heart-spinning visit to make-believe, before they are pressed to grow up. All aboard!



by Lois Ehlert

Very cute winter book for children; sort of like a Where's Waldo for the little ones. Just loved the paper cut-outs with the combination of photographs. Clever idea.


Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

by Jean Stoick, Carl R. Sams II, illustrated by Mark J. Herrick

Jeremy Townsend from Exeter, NH says:

This is a fun and well-done small press book that my children loved. I was impressed with the quality of the photographs and the printing, and the fact that the press, owned by the authors/photographers, has grown into a successful enterprise.


The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

Heather Lawrence says:

A little boy has a fun day playing in the snow, and even tries to keep a snowball in his coat pocket inside! A strikingly beautiful 1963 Caldecott Medal winner.


Winter Poems

by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Gorgeous poems by authors ranging from a 10th-century Japanese poet to contemporary poets, all using lush words to paint a picture of the beauty of winter.


Poppleton In Winter

by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mark Teague

Sadly, this is the last Poppleton book. Maybe Ms. Rylant will write more but it's been 15 years since she published this title so I'm not expecting it. I also think she might have decided this was the last volume because the final page of the final tale is really very, very sweet. (Don't worry, no one dies.) Oh, and the first two stories in the book cover Poppleton making the most of the icicles all over his eaves and taking on an art project.

This book also appears on The Poppleton Books