Favorite Picture Books About Snow for Kids
If you are looking for picture books about snow for kids (toddlers, preschoolers, and up), you’ve come to the right booklist! This is a collection of my very favorite snow-filled books you will love reading aloud with your kids.
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What’s On the Booklist
I decided to primarily include books that could be read over the course of winter. Living in Minnesota as I do, it feels like half the year is dedicated to the snowy season (oh wait, it is), so I didn’t want to include too many holiday books in this list (you can see my Christmas booklist here if you are looking for Christmas-y reads).
There’s a decent amount of “first snowfall” themed books, but I included a variety of winter and snow-centric books to share with your kiddos all season long. I hope you love these snowy books!
In a hurry? Check out my quick age-specific recommendations as follows:
What Are the Best Books About Snow for a One-Year-Old?
Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day (grab the board book edition) will always be my favorite snowfall book for toddlers. The vivid illustrations, captivating character Peter, and the magic of the first snow will entrance even busy toddlers.
What About Picture Books for Two or Three-Year-Olds?
Kids ages 2 and 3 (and up) also really enjoy The Snowy Day, but I would add Snowmen at Night (Caralyn Buehner, pictures by Mark Buehner) and When the Snow Falls (Linda Booth Sweeney, illustrated by Jana Christy). Both are fun upbeat books that are short enough to be enjoyed by younger listeners.
What is the Best Book About Snow for a Four Year Old?
For ages 4-8 (preschoolers, kindergartners, and up), I suggest Snowflake Bentley (Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian) for exploring some incredible snowflake history.
I also love Over and Under the Snow (Kate Messner, art by Christopher Silas Neal) for this age group. It gives a close look at wildlife that resides over and under the snow-covered ground. The book is full of interesting facts, entrancing illustrations, and further resources and learning in the back.
There are many more fun books on this booklist, so request some of these titles from your library or snag them from your favorite bookstore and enjoy reading together. Wintertime might just be my favorite season for reading aloud!
Looking for more winter picture books? Check out my winter picture book booklist for kids here.
Favorite Picture Books about Snow for Kids
If you are looking for picture books about snow for kids (toddlers, preschoolers, and up), you've come to the right booklist! Here's a growing list of snow-filled books you will love reading aloud with your kids.
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Kenard Pak
A young girl travels to her grandmother’s house after a snowfall and realizes that though the snow has muffled the usual city sounds, it has created new sounds and a transformation of her familiar world. The book points out “snow” sounds like the scrape of a shovel, the stomping of boots, a blue jay knocking off snow from a covered branch, and people brushing the snow off their cars. A very sweet book about the relationship between a girl and her grandmother and the wonders of winter. Ages 4-8.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino (Photographer) and Jon Nelson Ph.D.
A wonderful non-fiction picture book filled to the brim with snowflake photographs. Kids will love having all their snowflake questions answered in this excellent book. Ages 5-8.
Blizzard by John Rocco
A book inspired by the Blizzard of ’78 which enveloped the author’s Rhode Island town. The book tells the story of a young boy experiencing the excitement, and then the fears, of the enormous storm. The drifts that made it necessary to exit the house through a window soon make for a desperate situation. Days later food is running low and the plows still have yet to arrive. The young boy saves the day with clever tennis racket snowshoes and determination as he makes his way around town to deliver supplies to his family and neighbors. Ages 4-8.
The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett
Hedgie refuses to hibernate and miss winter. This books shares what happens when Hedgie finally gets the chance to view the wonders of winter...all from a cozy window sill perch! A fresh perspective on winter's beauty. Ages: 4-8.
Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
A young boy, bored with winter, declares he hates the season. But things change when Jack Frost appears creating magic with frost and ice. The boy discovers the magic of winter as he chases Jack through the snow-covered world. The blue-and-white illustrations are a fun and unique accompaniment to the story. Ages 3-6.
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, pictures by Mark Buehner
A wonderful lighthearted imagining of what might happen when snowmen are left alone for the night. From sipping ice-cold cocoa to playing baseball, kids will love seeing what the snowmen come up with next! Ages 2-7.
Dream Snow by Eric Carle
A farmer settles down to a nap and dreams about being covered in snow! The hardcover edition of this book is my favorite because the snow pages are translucent and covered with snowflakes, but the book is also available in a board book.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
This 1999 Caldecott Medal Winner begins with “a boy who loved snow more than anything else in the world.” Mary Azarian’s woodcut illustrations paired with the biography from Jacqueline Briggs Martin make for a winter picture book that will have you amazed both at Bentley’s scientific pursuits and the wonder of snow itself. Age range: 4-8 years.
Brave Irene by William Steig
Mrs. Bobbin has made the most beautiful dress for the duchess, but when she is unable to deliver it herself, her daughter Irene braves the snow. She carries an unwieldy dress box through wind and fast accumulating snow. This popular story does get quite intense as Irene battles the snowstorm and almost succumbs to the snow as she falls into a drift and nearly gives up. But love for her mother urges her onward and all ends well. Ages 4-8.
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
"Then, just when no one was looking, it came.
One flake, two flakes, five, eight, ten, and suddenly
the air was filled with soft powdery snowflakes,
whispering quietly as they sifted down."
A classic. Unique illustrations (winning a Caldecott Medal) and a story that takes the reader from the first snow all the way to spring. Can be a bit wordy in places. Ages 4-8.
The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader
Awarded the 1949 Caldecott Medal, The Big Snow is filled with tales of animals preparing for winter and what happens after a giant snowfall. The book features geese, a ground hog, cardinals, crows, squirrels and more. This book is a bit heavier on text than more recently published picture books and not all of the pages are full color. Ages: 6-9.
When the Snow Falls by Linda Booth Sweeney, illustrated by Jana Christy
We learn from a chalkboard in the family's home that Grandma slept over on Sunday night and Monday was declared a snow day! The day is filled with snow, caring for the animals on the family's farm, time together as a family, and seeing the world outdoors "when the snow falls." A really lovely book with a story told in short rhymes. Ages 3-5, but I think 2 year-olds will love it too!
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
A reflective book on the fleeting magic of snow. Snow that draws us away from work and school to home where we are cozy-warm, or perhaps outdoors playing in the magical new land. Ages 4-7.
Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
In this seasonal picture book, winter is falling from the sky. Sticking to trees. Dripping from roofs. Kids will relate to the page that reminds us, "It can take a long time to get ready for winter." Hat, coats, and mittens galore! Winter might seem like it will last forever, but before you know it, winter gets smaller and smaller until spring comes again. Ages 4-8.
First Snow by Bomi Park
All the magic of the first snow. A young child awakens in the middle of the night to find that snow is falling and rushes out to take part in the wonderland. Features a sparse text and illustrations that are black and white, save for the colorful red accents of the children's various snow gear. Ages 2-4.
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy, a crawler tractor, is the pride of the city of Geoppolis. There seems to be nothing she can’t do, from pulling a steamroller out of a pond to plowing incalculable amounts of snow. When a giant snowfall descends on Geoppolis, Katy gets a chance to use her power and skill. Read and discover how she repeatedly saves the day in Geoppolis with her determination and persistence.
Small Walt by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
Walt is the city’s smallest snowplow and thus, consistently underestimated. When Gus, a driver, gives him a chance to plow with all his might, he is determined to prove he is up for the challenge. Young snowplow aficionados will enjoy the story that ensues. The retro-style illustrations (that recall Virginia Lee Burton’s classic, Katy and the Big Snow) are my favorite part. Ages 4-8.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner with art by Christopher Silas Neal
A father and daughter cross-country ski through snow-covered woods discovering what is over and what is under the snow. From the first sighting of a red squirrel we learn there is a “secret kingdom” hidden underneath the surface of the snow. Readers will learn more about this and see the winter behaviors of deer, voles, bullfrogs, foxes, and more. Ages 4-8.
The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day is a classic. From the very first pages where Peter makes tracks in the snow, “like this”, then “like that”, to further on when he brings a snowball indoors (and is confused when he can’t find it later!), children will recognize and relate to the joy that a snow-covered world brings. A delightful story and a piece of history that deserves a place in your winter picture book collection. Age range: 2-5 years (but you can really read it with any age). Caldecott Award Winner.
I hope you enjoyed this booklist of picture books about snow for kids! What is your favorite snowy picture book?