10 Winter Storybook Favorites For Children

Winter’s arrival brings increased time spent indoors, perfect for curling up with a good book beside a warm fire or under a blanket. Even without the presence of snow, your child can still get a winter wonderland experience. Not to mention, winter storybook chronicles can help your child build language skills, learn about the world, and develop empathy and emotional awareness. 

Winter Storybooks For Children

Whether it’s the excitement of the season or the wonders that come with winter adventures, there are storybooks that capture the essence of the season and captivate young readers. Here at Wake Forest Pediatrics, we’ll explore a collection of winter storybook favorites for kids that promise to spark their imaginations. 

1. “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

This timeless classic follows the adventures of a young boy named Peter as he explores the snow-covered city. Ezra Jack Keats’ beautiful illustrations and simple yet reminiscent narrative make “The Snowy Day” a must-read for children.

2. “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

A magical tale of a young boy’s enchanting journey to the North Pole on a mysterious train, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg captures the spirit of the Holidays and the power of believing. The detailed illustrations and heartwarming story make it a cherished winter read.

3. “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen

“Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen is a poetic narrative about a young girl’s nighttime adventure with her father as they go owling in the snowy woods. The narration and illustrations create a captivating atmosphere, making it an excellent choice for a winter bedtime story.

4. “The Mitten” by Jan Brett

Jan Brett’s “The Mitten” is a delightful folktale about a lost mitten that becomes a cozy refuge for a growing number of woodland animals. The illustrations and the charm of the story make this book a winter favorite, exploring themes of sharing and kindness.

5. “Snowflake Bentley” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

“Snowflake Bentley” is the true story of Wilson Bentley, the first person to photograph snowflakes. Jacqueline Briggs Martin beautifully narrates Bentley’s fascination with snowflakes, and illustrations capture the intricate beauty of the beautiful ice crystals.

6. “Winter Is Here” by Kevin Henkes

In “Winter Is Here,” Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek celebrate winter through vibrant illustrations and poetic words. The book explores the transformation of the world as winter settles in, making it a perfect introduction to the changing seasons for young readers.

7. “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs

“The Snowman” is a wordless picture book that tells the heartwarming story of a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life. Raymond Briggs’ illustrations convey a magical winter adventure that transcends language barriers, allowing children to interpret the story in their own way. Not to mention this is a perfect winter storybook for children who may not get to experience snow firsthand. 

8. “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

“Bear Snores On” is part of a delightful series by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman that features Bear and his woodland friends. In this winter storybook, Bear is hibernating while his friends gather in his cozy den, leading to a heartwarming celebration that’s perfect for sharing with young readers.

9 .“The Hat” by Jan Brett

Jan Brett returns with another winter storybook in “The Hat.” The story follows Hedgie the hedgehog, who gets a sock stuck on his prickles and experiences a delightful mix-up involving other animals’ winter attire. Jan Brett’s board book and illustrations add a charming touch to this winter adventure.

10. “The Snowy Nap” by Jan Brett

Another enchanting winter storybook by Jan Brett, “The Snowy Nap,” follows Hedgie as he resists going into hibernation to experience the wonders of winter. The pictures and the storyline make this book a delightful addition to winter reading lists.

Winter storybook favorites for kids bring the magic of the season to life through enchanting narratives and illustrations. Reading is a developmental milestone that requires patience, consistency, and lots of practice. Here at Wake Forest Pediatrics, our pediatricians are board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and members of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Give us a call at 919-556-4779 or request an appointment.

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