25 of our Favorite Winter Picture Books for Kids and Snow Days

These 25 snowy picture books are perfect for both boys and girls and make great additions to the bookshelf!



We all love a good snow day- watching as the snowflakes fall outside the window panes, sipping hot chocolate and maybe watching a movie or two.


If you live somewhere a bit warmer, perhaps you'll get to enjoy the perks of a light snow without the shoveling!


Well, we've gathered our very favorite picture books about winter for both boys and girls to curl up with! From polar bears to penguins, there's plenty of winter wonderland fun in the pages of these popular picture books!



(If you're looking for inspiration for some snow day fun, check out our 25 Fun Snow Day Activities! )





Here are our 25 Favorite Winter Picture Books for Kids!


1. The Snowy Nap

by Jan Brett

The Snowy Nap picture book by Jan Brett picture book for boys and girls

What will happen when Hedgie falls asleep on snowy day? The Snowy Nap will make you feel cozy and is a delightfull choice for winter story time!


Cute, sweet, and filled with Jan Brett's trademark illustrations, The Snowy Nap is an absolute treat for any season!


2. The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day picture book by Ezra Jack Keats for boys and girls

This Caldecott Award-Winning classic tells all about one little boy's adventures during a chilly snow day!


Magical illustrations and bright, bold colors are sure to catch your kiddo's eye in The Snowy Day!


3. How to Catch a Snowman

by Adam Wallace and Andy Elderton

How to Catch a Snowman picture book for boys and girls

How does one catch a snowman? Find out in this funny, fantastic picture book giving tips an tricks on how to do it!


How to Catch a Snowman is a silly read that all the budding snowman builders will love after a long day of making a snowman of their own!


4. Curious About Snow - Smithsonian

by Gina Shaw

Smithsonian Curious about Snow Picture book for boys and girls

Curious about Snow is a great way for kids to discover more about this icy magic! This Smithsonian book is filled with fun facts about snowfalls and snowflake science!


Perfect for the classroom or any kid who enjoys a good nonfiction read, this easy-to-read book delves into the science behind the beauty!


5. Olaf's Frozen Adventure

A Little Golden Book by Disney

Olaf's Frozen Adventure Disney Little Golden Book for boys and girls

Got a Frozen fan in the house? This Little Golden Book is the perfect choice for anyone missing the adventures of Anna, Elsa and the rest of Arendelle!


Olaf's Frozen Adventure features our favorite snowman and his latest fun, plus sweet vintage-esque illustrations!


Check out our Frozen post for books, crafts and more ideas to delight your Disney Frozen fan!


6. Berenstain Bears' Winter Wonderland

by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Berenstain Bears Winter Wonderland picture book for boys and girls

The Bear Family is back for snowy storytime with this lift-the-flap read! The Berenstain Bears' Winter Wonderland is the perfect picture book to enjoy after a long day of sledding outside, or watching the snow indoors!


Join the Bears as they explore all the winter fun Bear Country has in store, and lift the flaps as you read!


7. The Mitten

by Jan Brett

Jan Brett The Mitten picture book for boys and girls

A newer classic, The Mitten features adorable art, a time-tested story and fun on every page! When the forest animals find a lost mitten, they're curious, and pretty soon everyone is trying to fit in this little knit mitt! Will the mitten hold together?


The Mitten is a keep-the-kids guessing story that is a favorite and always fun!


8. Katy and the Big Snow

by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow picture book for boys and girls

Got a little one who's fascinated with snowplows? This adorable book tells the story of Katy, a snowplow, who more than anything wants to help out in the wintertime!


One of our all-time favorite illustrator/authors, Virginia Lee Burton has a special flair that makes Katy and the Big Snow both timeless and terrific!


9. Pinkalicious and the Snow Globe

by Victoria Karr

Pinkalicious and the Snow Globe picture book with stickers


Pinkalicious and the Snowglobe is the perfect wintertime tale for fans of Pinkalicious's funny adventures! When Pinkalicious is waiting for snow to fall, she's given a snowglobe that makes the day a bit more fabulous!


Pinkalicious and the Snowglobe makes a great gift for Valentine's Day or for any kiddo who adores snow globes! Bonus: stickers included!


10. Skippyjon Jones Snow What

by Judy Schachner

Skippyjon Jones Snow What picture book for boys and girls

Skippy Jon Jones is furry, he's fiesty, and he's ready to take on winter in this hilarious picture book!


When Skippy's little sisters have Mama read a princess story, Skippy drifts off to dreamland where he's the hero of the book! Every adventure gets better with this stubborn little Siamese cat who's convinced he should be a chiauua!


A great read-aloud or read on their own, Skippy's stories are always a great choice and Skippyjon Jones Snow What is sure to be a hit!


12. Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella

by Jan Brett

Cinders A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett Picture book

The classic Cinderella story gets a snowy, feathery redo from Jan Brett! The fairy tale takes on an exquistely illustrated twist with Cinders wishing to go to the Rooster's Ball...will she make it?

Cinders, a Chicken Cinderella is set in snowy Russia and will stay magical throughout every season!


13. The Snow Globe Family

by Jane O'Connor & S.D. Schindler

The Snow Globe Family picture book for boys and girls

What would it be like to live in a snowglobe? The Snow Globe Family lives on a shelf where they're just waiting to be noticed!


Will a baby be able to help them? Lovely artwork and a fun story makes The Snow Globe Family a great choice for winter or whenever you want to remember those snow days!


14. The Three Snow Bears

by Jan Brett

The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett picture book for boys and girls

The Three Snow Bears is a snowy take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears that's as fabulous as the original!

Join three polar bears and one curious little girl in the Alaskan tundra for Jan Brett's brilliant reimagining of this beloved tale!


15. The Snow Dancer

by Addie Boswell Illustrated by Merce Lopez

The Snow Dancer picture book winter

The Snow Dancer is a beautifully illustrated tale of a little girl's waltz through the snowy park and it's possibilities!

The simple elegance of this story is sure to appeal to any young dancer, and the snowy art is absolutely fabulous!


16. Little Penguins

Words by Cynthia Rylant Illustrations by Christian Robinson

Little Penguins picture book for boys and girls

Who doesn't love a penguin or two? Little Penguins is just about as cute as you can get!


Join a lovable flock of these feathered friends as they bundle up for a snow day! Easy-to-read, this tale of snowflakes and baby penguins will be a treat for all who read it!


17. Sneezy the Snowman

by Maureen Wright illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Sneezy the Snowman picture book for boys and girls

Uh Oh! What happens when a snowman gets the sniffles? This laugh-out-loud picture book will have kids wanting more whether it's winter outside or the middle of summer!

Sneezy the Snowman is bright, fun and the perfect choice for story time after a snow day!


18. Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner with art by Christopher Silas Neal

Over and Under the Snow picture book for boys and girls

Over and Under the Snow is a wonderful way for kids to see what happens to the animal world when it's wintertime!


From creatures who stay awake beneah ground during the chillier months to who goes into hibernation, this book is a must read for all animal lovers!


19. Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise

based on the creation of Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day surprise picture book for boys and girls

Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise features the funny cat and his mouse best friend off on a winter adventure!


The classic duo is determined to enjoy all that their day off has to offer, while kids will love lifting the flaps in this silly story!


20. The Story of Snow - The Science of Winter's Wonder

By Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.

The Story of Snow picture book for boys and girls

The Story of Snow is a great pick for the non-fiction reader in the house!


Fascinating, fun and filled with facts about this chilly weather staple, this science-filled book will intrigue and interest budding scientists of all ages!


21. There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!

by Lucille Colandro Illustrated by Jared Lee

There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow picture book for boys and girls

Boys and girls will get a big kick out of this twist on the classic There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!


There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow swallows everything from snow to coal to a hat and more in this silly rhyming story filled with illustrations that will keep kids turning the pages to a surprise ending!


22. Angelina Ice Skates

Story by Katharine Holabird Illustrations by Helen Craig

Angelina Ice Skates picture book starring Angelina Ballerina


Everyone's favorite ballerina is back in Angelina Ice Skates for some more mayhem and dance!


Angelina wants to put on an Ice Skating show at Miller's Pond, but two naughty boys keep getting in the way of her perfect plan! Will the show be a sucess?

Find out in this stunningly illustrated story that will delight ballerinas and Angelina fans new and old!


23. Little Penguin and the Lollipop

by Tadgh Bentley

Little Penguin and the Lollipop picture book for boys and girls

Adorable pictures, penguins and sweet treats, need I say more? Little Penguin ate a penguin friend's tasty lollipop! It was yummy, but now the other penguin is mad!


Can Little Penguin make it up to her friend? A sweet, interactive read for all those penguin lovers Little Penguin's Lollipop has icebergs for winter and a cute story for all year!


24. Snowmen At Night

by Caralyn Buehner pictures by Mark Buehner

Snowmen At Night picture book for boys and girls

What do the snowmen do at night? Do they sit, waiting for the sun to shine?


In Snowmen At Night one little boy discovers what these chilly friends actually do, in this fun, colorful and whimsical read that will have kids checking to see if their snow friend is going on adventures too!


25. East of The Sun West of the Moon (collection)

Illustrated by Kay Nielsen

East of the Sun West of the Moon tale for boys and girls

An enchanting folktale that's both captivating and magical, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a must read for all fans of fairy tales and folklore!


This collection includes a variety of Northern stories to enjoy, all beautifully illustrated in this one-of-a-kind volume!


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Stay Cozy and Happy Reading!

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Cenzia