11 Winter Picture Books I Like to Share With Elementary Students by Angela Ferraris

11 Winter Picture Books I Like to Share With Elementary Students by Angela Ferraris


Students will usually ask for winter or snow books when we come back from winter break. They cannot wait for the first snow day or cold day. They smile broadly when looking out the classroom windows and see the large flakes carelessly falling down to the green grass slowly blanketing everything in a white cover by the end of the day when they can go home and make snowmen.

Toys Meet SnowToys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Sting ray, and a Book-Loving Rubber Ball by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. 2015. Little Girl and her family are on vacation. Lumphy (toy buffalo), StingRay (plush stingray who is in a plastic bag to keep from getting wet), and Plastic (the red rubber ball) go outside to play in the snow for the first time ever after watching it from inside.


Sleep Tight FarmSleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle; illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. 2016. December comes and a family prepares the farm for winter. The family says good night to the berry plants by covering them in straw. The father covers the field with oats and rye to protect them. They prune the raspberries and cut firewood to keep warm. They secure hoop-houses with plastic sides and prepare the chicken coop. They build a wind break for the beehives and ready the farm stand for what they sell in Winter. Equipment is covered to prevent rust. All is tucked in ready for the quilt of white snow.

Best in SnowBest in Snow by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by April Pulley Sayre. 2016.  Superb photos of snow in nature with all its forms and shapes. Begins with snow on a squirrel’s nose and then explores how snow looks and forms in the forest with snow in its full water cycle and then ending on a squirrel’s nose again.


Before MorningBefore Morning by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes. 2016. A young girl makes a wish hoping that snow comes that night to slow down the fast paced city.  Her mother returns home from work after arriving to the airport to see the snow-covered runway. The next morning her family enjoys the snow day by going out sledding and returning home to eat bakery delights while their wet clothes dry from the snow.


A Kitten TaleA Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann; illustrated by Eric Rohmann . 2008. Four kittens have never experienced snow before. Three talk about why they do not like snow, but one cannot wait to go outside and enjoy it.



themostperfectsnowmanThe Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt; illustrated by Chris Britt. 2016. Drift is one of the first snowmen built at the beginning of winter and only has coal and sticks while all the other snowmen have mittens, hats, scarves, and carrot noses. One morning, a bunch of kids playing nearby see how plain he is and decide to dress him up by giving him some of their clothing making the snowman very happy.  The snowman decides to play with the children all day until the weather changes. After saying good-bye, a blizzard comes blowing off some of Drift’s new clothing.  In the middle of all of the windy snowfall, Drift comes across a small rabbit that is cold and hungry. The snowman kindly gives his few remaining  gifts to the rabbit–the scarf to keep it warm and his carrot nose to feed it. The snowman looks like it did at the beginning of the story, but has changed inside.

Froggy Gets DressedFroggy Gets Dressed by Jonathon London; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. 1992. Froggy wakes up during hibernation and wants to go outside to play in the snow. “FRROOOGGGGYYY!” calls his mother. “WWHHHAATT?” answers Froggy. His mother tells her son he must put on all of his winter clothes before going outside.



The Big SnowThe Big Snow by Berta Hader; illustrated by  Elmer Hader . 1948. Woodland creatures prepare for a big snowfall  that blankets the forest  with a white cover. Some animals are sleeping in hibernation while others, with thick fur coats, find food. Geese fly south. Others are thankful for the people who set out food for them.



The Snowy DayThe Snowy Day by 
Ezra Jack Keats; illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. 1962.  Peter wakes up to snow and wants to explore the city. He puts on his red snow suit and is fascinated with making all sorts of tracks in the snow as he walks along. He finds  a stick and whacks a tree branch to see the snow fall. He makes a snowman and snow angels. He even slides down a hill. Any child experiencing snow can related to the little boy in the red snow suit.  Children understand what will happen when Peter makes a snowball and puts it in his pocket for later.

White Snow, Bright SnowWhite Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin R. Tresselt: illustrated by Roger Duvoisin 1947. The first snow of winter comes with flakes floating down and  leaving snow banks. The adults deal with the snow by shoveling and getting to work. The children love it and play by making snowmen and riding on sleds. Spring comes and all the snow melts. This book captures the excitement and images of snow through the lyrical words and phrases of the author.



owl moon

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen; illustrated by John Schoenherr. 1987. A young girl and her father walk silently into the night forest for her first owling. The full moon lights the peaceful snow-covered forest. The father makes a “whoo whooing” call to the owl but gets no answer. They continue to walk quietly in the snow. They stop and the father “whoo whoos” again and this time, there is an answer. The little girl sees and experiences her first owl. They then turn and return home.

(I may get a commission for purchases made through links in this post through the Amazon Affiliate Program.  Books reviewed were checked out of the public library and not sent to me free for review).

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