Best Children’s Books for Winter

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Noticing the changing seasons is always so exciting for children, and I love to create a winter themed bookshelf, filled with children’s books about winter. These are some of our favourites.

Snow – Sam Usher

I love this series of books which depict the relationship between a young boy and his Grandad, set against the backdrop of the changing seasons. The snow has fallen and the boy is keen to get outside before everyone else. Grandad however, is a little slower to get going, but they still end up enjoying the magic of the snow. I love the slow pace to this, and the sweet and simple story.

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The Gruffalo’s Child

The sequel to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic, The Gruffalo, is The Gruffalo’s Child. Set in the forest in deepest winter, as snow covers the ground, the Gruffalo’s child decides to sneak outside in the night on the hunt for the Big Bad Mouse. Will she find him?

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Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter – Kenard Pak

I have to admit I often struggle with moving from autumn into winter. Winter often feels so bleak and unending. This is such a beautiful book to help you and your children appreciate all the good things winter has to offer. It has a slow and peaceful feel, and isn’t too wordy, so perfect for younger children too.

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The Storm Whale in Winter – Benjii Davies

The sequel to The Storm Whale, but stands nicely alone if you’ve not read that one. I adore Benjii Davies’ illustrations and they fit this simple story perfectly. Winter has come to Noi’s island and he is worried about his whale friend and how he’ll be coping with the ice. But this time it’s the whale’s turn to save Noi when he sets out to find his missing father, but instead finds himself lost in the ice.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland – Tim Hopgood

I love Tim Hopgood’s books – they’re always beautifully illustrated, with simple storylines which are perfect for younger children. Walking in a Winter Wonderland is no exception. The text is literally the words to the well known song (you can sing if you like!), and the illustrations are colourful and engaging. It also comes with a CD with the song on it too.

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The Snow Dragon – Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock

Slightly Christmassy, very snowy, and utterly heartwarming. This is quite a wordy story, so better suited to children 4 and over, and is a beautiful tale of a little girl who lives in a rather sad sounding orphanage.

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Here Comes Jack Frost – Kazuno Kohara

A lovely and simple story about a boy who becomes friends with Jack Frost over winter. But he needs to be careful not to mention anything warm, or his new friend will disappear. Perfect for preschoolers and beautifully illustrated.

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The Mist Monster – Kirsti Beautyman

The beautiful and whimsical illustrations drew me to this one, and it’s a wonderful addition to our winter collection. It tells the story of a little boy who moves to a new home. As he’s out exploring the garden, he finds it enveloped in a thick mist, and he discovers a strange creature – the Mist Monster. They quickly become friends and play together in the mist. A magical and enchanting story, perfect for cosying up at bedtime.

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I hope you’ve made some new discoveries from this list to help fill your winter bookshelf. Do you have any favourite children’s books for winter? I’d love to hear your recommendations.

If you liked this post, you might enjoy our Children’s Books for Christmas, or if you have younger children, Christmas Books for Toddlers.

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