Winter is the perfect time of year to cozy up with your kids and a good book. Pair it with a blanket and cocoa, and it makes for a perfect night! I have compiled a list of 25 of my favorite winter animal books for kids. I hope you and your littles will enjoy them, too!

25 Great Winter Animal Books for Kids

  1. Rabbit’s Gift by George Shannon and Laura Dronzek

Get swept away in this updated version of an old folktale that has been shared for centuries. Follow Rabbit as he shares a gift of an extra turnip with a friend by leaving it on his doorstep since he has enough food to fill his dinner plate. When his friend finds the kind gift, he too decides to share it since he has a full plate. Follow the gift as it gets shared with new friends and comes full circle as it completes its journey. It is a story sure to warm your heart.


  1. Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon

Follow curious Penguin on an adventurous friendship when he finds a lost pinecone in the snow. He finds that friendship and love, even with a pinecone, can grow into something extraordinary!


  1. Red Sled by Lita Judge

At first, you might think this playful story is about a young child and a red sled. But as you turn each page, you’ll discover the real story is about an adventurous group of animals that have set out to have a little winter fun!


  1. Love Matters Most by Mij Kelly

This heartwarming read is a perfect fit for the cold winter months as it explores the universal theme of a mother’s love. Follow the story of a polar bear when she leaves the warmth and safety of her cave to find something in the frozen landscape. What could she be searching for? Of course, it is her lost, young cub. You will instantly fall in love with the sweeping illustrations of winter landscapes, the charming polar bear characters, and the message that love matters most.


  1. A Loud Winter’s Nap by Katy Hudson

In this adorable picture book, Tortoise is getting ready to settle in for the winter. However, his friends have other intentions! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends prove to him that there is good reason to stay awake? Experience the frosty winter fun along with Tortoise and his friends!


  1. Color Wonder Winter is Here by Chieu Anh Urban

Celebrate the wonderful colors of winter with this hands-on board book with interactive, color transforming turn wheels! Mix and match the colors of a winter wonderland while experiencing an inventive, visual experience featuring the work of award-winning artist Chieu Anh Urban.


  1. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr

Experience this visually stunning book about a young girl and her father when he takes her on her first owling trip, where they encounter a great horned owl. Get lost in the beautiful watercolor illustrations that helped win it a Caldecott Medal in 1987.


  1. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Traditionally considered a fall time book, this story bridges the gap between the end of fall and that first winter frost. Follow a sweet fox, Fletcher, as he learns about how trees lose their leaves as the weather turns cold and transitions into winter. At first, Fletcher is upset and worried that the tree is not well. He soon learns that this process is actually beautiful, ending with a glowing frosty winter landscape.


  1. Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft

Do you ever wonder how animals cope in winter’s worst weather? Birds and butterflies fly to warmer weather. Woodchucks and bears hibernate in their dens. Read along to find out what other animals do when the weather turns from sunny and warm to cold and frosty.


  1. Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue

This lyrical narrative is a magical bedtime story that echoes a Runaway Bunny-like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. It offers sincere dialogue between two understanding parents as they tuck in their not-so-sleepy child for bed. The young girl soon decides that she is ready to sleep, warm and strong like a tiger, “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets.” Experience the luminous mixed-media paintings by Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s that feature charming, rich details that children could examine for hours.


  1. The Very Long Sleep by Polly Noakes

Fox, Bear, Chipmunk, and Marmot are very close friends. They think it would be a great idea to live in one great big house. However, Bear, Chipmunk, and Marmot forgot to tell Fox one small detail, which makes for a very lonely winter!


  1. Pigloo by Ann Marie Pace

Meet Pigloo. He is an explorer. And his destination is the North Pole. While Pigloo’s big sister, Paisley, has doubts about his plan, he knows that explorers must be patient as well as brave. Follow Pigloo as he receives some unexpected help as he takes his sled to the top of a hill to set off on his expedition. This sweet, illustrated story shows that in life, some of the most extraordinary adventures happen in your own backyard. (Just like Elliot’s Adventures in Sag Harbor!)


  1. Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold

Join Badger as he is forced to patiently wait for snow. His friends have a few tricks up their sleeve, not only to help distract him, but also to get the attention of the snow. Cozy up with this read to find out how the story ends for Badger!


  1. The Mitten by Jan Brett

Meet Nicky, a little boy whose request for a pair of white winter mittens sets the stage for an adventurous story of animals, large and small, learning to share a small space as they look for a warm place to escape the winter chill. One by one, they join the others inside the mitten until the bear sneezes and send this story in another direction. This story has become a beloved winter tale!


  1. Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

Winter is coming and bringing snow. That means it’s time to get ready! The geese fly south, the squirrels gather nuts, and the snowhare grows a new white winter coat. But what does the fox do? Read this sweet story to find out!


  1. Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead

Bear has a story to tell but is busy helping his friends prepare for the winter. By the time he helps Mouse, Duck, and toad, will anyone be there to listen to his story?


  1. Tree by Britta Teckentrup

Come inside this innovative story as you open different layers of a tree and meet different forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. Turn each page to discover what happens in the forest during the changing seasons, finally reaching the lone owl, keeping warm through the chilly winter months.


  1. Can I Spend the Winter With You by Elizabeth Mordensky

This story follows a young black bear that does not want to hibernate. As he searches for a friend to stay with, he discovers how other animals adapt to the winter months.


  1. A Warm Winter Tail by Carrie Pearson

Experience a twist in perspective as animals wonder what humans do in the winter! Usually, it’s us humans doing the wondering. Follow along as these wild creatures wonder if humans react to winter in the same way they do. Do humans cuddle in a tree or fly to warmer climates? Take a look through the eyes of animals to discover the ways they cope with the cold, winter months.


  1. Making a Friend by Tammi Sauer

Beaver has a hard time making friends. One winter day, he sees a snowflake falling from the sky and has a great idea- he will make a friend! A snowman friend! Follow Beaver’s story as one-by-one new friends join in and help him on his quest. He may discover that making friends is not as hard as he thought!


  1. Once Upon a Winter Day by Liza Woodruff

Join a little boy as he discovers that nature is full of stories to tell after he finds and follows a mouse’s tracks in the woods during winter. This book is for young, adventurous readers!


  1. Little Owl’s Snow by Divya Srinivasan

Join Little Owl as he discovers all the wonders of winter: watching the leaves fall, animal friends hibernating, and a cold chill from his feathers down to his feet. Just as he is hanging with his friend, Racoon, watching his breath make fog in the cool winter air, it happens! Snow! He experiences the wonder of winter snow.


  1. Duck Skates by Lynne Berry

It’s snowing outside, and five little ducks can’t wait to go out and play! They put on bright, new boots and race outside to go skating and throw snowballs. In the evening, they end their day the perfect way: with a sip of cocoa! Discover this sweet book that covers all the joys of winter.


  1. Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee

Follow on a young girl as she tries to solve a mystery: whose tracks are in the snow? Do they belong to a duck, a woodchuck, a rabbit? On a brisk winter day, this little girl is determined to find out. Off she goes through the woods– Join her on her search to find out!


  1. When It Starts to Snow by Phyllis Gershator

This story is perfect for curious readers. One by one, a series of different animal characters, from a small mouse to a large bear, explain to readers what they do and where they go as soon as it begins to snow. Follow them as they each head for their home… all, except for one.

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