As children learn the different seasons, they really begin to embrace the joy that winter can bring. When my boys were tots, oh how we loved snuggling up with winter board books, watching the snow fall — perfect for your preschooler or toddler.
You can find these winter board books for preschoolers at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Winter Board Books for Preschoolers
The Mitten: Millions of readers have fallen in love with Jan Brett’s The Mitten, and over 2.5 million copies have been sold since publication in 1989. Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by one, animals crawl into Nicki’s lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals flying up and out of the mitten. On each turn of the page, Jan hints at what animal is coming next in her signature borders, inspired by Ukrainian folk art.
The Snowy Day Board Book: Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, Keats’ story of a young boy experiencing the year’s first snowfall has delighted millions of readers. Now this perennial favorite is accessible to even the youngest child in a durable board book edition.
Little Hockey (Little Sports): “Round and black–do you know its name? You need this disk to play the game.” Answer: Puck. Now even the smallest of fans can enjoy a book about their favorite sport. Rhyming riddles accompanied by colorful artwork help introduce the game’s simplest, most basic elements.
Baby Loves Winter!: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books): Little ones will love lifting the flaps in this book to reveal a red sled, a giant snowplow, a cute furry groundhog, and everything else that Baby loves about winter! The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Winter: Full of fun pictures which celebrate the arrival of the magical winter season, this is an engaging book to share with babies and toddlers. There are pictures of a jolly snowman, sparkling snowflake, a winter forest and more to look at, and the pages have different touch-and-feel textures, which little fingers will love to explore.
No Two Alike (Classic Board Books): From bestselling author-illustrator Keith Baker, explore the wondrous world of winter in this charming story now available as a Classic Board Book! Follow a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey though a gorgeous winter landscape to explore how everything everywhere is wonderfully unique—from branches and leaves to forests and trees to friends and loved ones.
The Brave Little Puppy (A Wish Book): In this new board book adventure set in the wintry world of New York Times bestseller The Christmas Wish, Anja’s curious puppy gets lost in the woods! Luckily, his many kind forest friends—a polar bear, lynx, reindeer, squirrel, fox, and more—help guide him back to Anja’s arms. Husband-and-wife duo Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen have brought us another breathtakingly beautiful photographic adventure about their daughter, Anja, and her woodland friends, and introduce readers to her brave puppy, Birki.
Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet (Sports Alphabet): In the mold of their very popular series of state alphabet books, we offer “Z is for Zamboni” to hockey fans young and old across North America. Matt Napier’s “breakaway” rhymes and “hard-checking” expository text team up with the “top-shelf” illustrations of Melanie Rose to elucidate this increasingly popular game for every beginning hockey aficionado. Highlighting rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of the game, it is both fun and educational.
Biscuit’s Snowy Day: There is soft, powdery snow everywhere! It’s the perfect day for snow angels, sledding, and snuggling up with someone you love. Woof!
Mouse’s First Snow (Classic Board Books): One cold day Mouse and Poppa venture into the clear white world. From sledding down hills, to skating across the ice, to meeting fluffy snow angels, Mouse finds that wintertime is full of surprises. And before it’s time to go home, Mouse just might have time to “make” a special new friend!
The Hat: When Lisa’s woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking gets stuck on his prickles — and the fun begins. A mother hen comes by, then a noisy goose, a talkative barn cat, a playful farm dog, a mama pig and her piglets, and a pony. They all laugh at Hedgie, especially when he pretends he’s wearing a new hat. But in the end, it is clever Hedgie who has the last laugh.
Sally in the Snow (Sally Board Books): Sally visits a dog-friendly ski lodge, complete with dog skiing, dog snowboarding, dog sledding, and, of course, dog dinner! Adapted from the classic picture book Sally’s Snow Adventure and illustrated in Huneck’s pitch-perfect woodcut prints, this simplified text is perfect for snow-loving toddlers and wintertime positioning.
Katy and the Big Snow Lap Board Book: Katy the snowplow was always waiting for her big chance to help. But with winters that usually didn’t hold a lot of snow, Katy didn’t have much opportunity to shine. Then a blizzard blankets the city and everyone is relying on Katy for help. This tale from the Caldecott Medal winner Virginia Lee Burton is an enduring winter favorite! Now with large sturdy pages, excellent for reading aloud with little ones.
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons: What do the animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare? Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters. Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow! Filled with rich illustrations, charming animals, and a simple, lyrical text, Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit is now available in a board edition for the smallest hands and youngest readers. It’s a gentle introduction to the ideas of adaptation, hibernation, and migration, and an exuberant celebration of changing seasons.
Ten on the Sled: A favorite children’s song (“Ten on the Bed”) gets a delightfully slippery, slide-y twist! In the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou’s sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off . . . until just the caribou’s left, only and lonely. Now, a reindeer likes flying-but never alone, so . . . all the animals leap onto the sled again! This beloved story is new in board and abridged for a preschool audience, and it’s ideal for reading, counting, and singing along with, over and over.
The Three Snow Bears: Jan Brett’s board book audience will love this brief version of a favorite tale in which Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl, meets a polar bear family. When Aloo-ki’s sled dogs float away on an ice floe, she goes looking for them. She comes upon an igloo with no one home and goes inside. In the meantime, Mama, Papa and Baby Bear swim out and rescue Aloo-ki’s dogs. They all go home for breakfast to find a surprise visitor curled up in Baby Bear’s bed for a nap.
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman: A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime! Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.
Winter, Snow and Ice Unit Study
In addition to recommending winter board books for preschoolers, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class resources to teach kids about winter, snow and ice — in all of its forms!
Snowflake Printable Math Activity from Playdough and Popsicles
Exciting Children’s Reading List about Snow from Crafty Mama in ME
Snowman Crafts for Kids from Look! We’re Learning!
Board Books Celebrating Winter from The Jenny Evolution
Snow Science from iGameMom
Snowman Ornament from CraftCreateCalm
Melting Ice Science Experiment from Tales of Education at Home
Want to Build a Snowman? from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
Literacy Games for Kids: Outdoor Ice Scrabble from Schooling a Monkey
Snow Games for Kids Outside from FrogMom
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