Children’s Books about Winter: A List of Elementary Read Alouds

If you are looking for a list of the best children’s books about winter, then you found the right place! These winter read alouds for kids will be a big hit in your elementary classroom this year. They all feature snowy settings with interesting storylines and relatable characters. Some are classic winter books for kids like Owl Moon, but you might find a couple that are new to you. Check out the full list of children’s books about winter below to find the best winter picture books!

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4 Children’s Books about Winter

Below are 4 quality children’s books about winter. Your students are going to love these winter picture books! They truly are the best winter books for kids!

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen tells the story of a young girl who goes owling with her father one night. The girl has been looking forward to this for a long time. As they walk through the cold, dark night, she knows that she must be quiet. The two make their ways through the woods, keeping their eyes open for owls in the night sky. Her father makes owl calls every so often as they walk along.

As they make their way deeper into the woods, Pa makes another call. Soon after, they hear a call back through the trees. The two wait patiently as the call gets closer and then an owl lands above them on a tree branch. Pa shines his flashlight at the owl and they all stare at one another until the owl flies off. Now that they had found an owl, the girl and her Pa could talk, and made their way home. Check out these Owl Moon activities!

A Loud Winter’s Nap by Katy Hudson

It was the time of year for those in the forest to hibernate. Tortoise was snuggling in for winter, when a pattern of friends continuously awakened him to play! He would always respond with a groan and a short response that tortoises do not like winter. From birds, to rabbits, to squirrels, it seems all but impossible for tortoise to change his ways.

As he snuggles in atop a hill, he accidentally went sledding down. As he giggles, he questions if winter is really that bad. His friends convince him to stay awake and enjoy the frosty fun of winter. Join tortoise and his animal friends to learn about the adventures to be had in the season of winter. Check out these A Loud Winter’s Nap activities!

The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear

Charles desperately wants to find himself a wish tree. Although his sister and brother doubt him, he takes off on his quest with his trusted sled, Boggan. Together, Charles and Boggan meet a variety of critters, explore new surroundings, and eventually learn that wishes can come true in special ways. Together with illustrations, the text has a poetic feel that will instantly hook children. Check out these The Wish Tree activities!

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

There are many changes that take place when autumn turns into winter. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter beautifully illustrates the changes that take place in the weather, animals and the environment as the season changes.

For example, the book explains that animals start to grow thicker coats and stock up on food. Trees lose their leaves and we see different flowers and plants. The weather even changes as the days grow darker and colder. As winter gets closer, we might see frost for the first time before we eventually see snow!

Readers love learning about all of the changes that take place as autumn turns into winter. It helps them better understand the world around them! Check out these Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter activities!

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We hope you found this list of children’s books about winter helpful! Your students are going to love these winter children’s books! We loved these books so much we added them to our Starts With a Story collection.

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