14 Great Winter Picture Books Worth Owning

These winter picture books will not disappoint and are perfect for adding to your personal library. These books are worth owning!

Child reading picture books in snow

If you have snow where you live, your children probably enjoy reading books about snow because they are relatable on some level.

If you don’t have snow where you live, your children probably enjoy reading about snow because it sparks their imaginations.

It is always hard to know what, of all the books out there, is worth your time, money, and effort.

If you are planning on buying any snow books, these ones will not disappoint. They are all worth owning.

One note, with the Ladybug Girl snow book, I put that there to represent having a popular character in a snow book. You might choose a Clifford snow book or a Fancy Nancy snow book instead (just to name a couple). If your child has a favorite character, it is fun to find books with that character and a topic you are looking for.

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Winter Picture Books Worth Owning

Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by Jacky Davis

As I mentioned, this really represents owning a winter picture book that stars your child’s favorite character.

The Mitten by Jan Brett

This is a great picture book for the animal lovers out there.

Sneezy The Snowman by Maureen Wright

This is a rhyming book that is both funny and sweet.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

This award-winning book teaches us that great things can come out of small things.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

This is a classic picture book. It is a wordless book, which has great value for children. It is good to own some wordless picture books.

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

This is one of our very favorite winter books. It takes you through an adventure of what those snowmen do at night while you are sleeping.

Snow Day! by Patricia Lakin

Everyone dreams of having a snow day and a day off of school. This book takes you through the fun that is to be had on a snow day.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

This is another classic, award-winning book to add to your collection. This book has beautiful illustrations and follows a boy through the city after a big snow.

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

We love having penguin books in our winter book collection–so much so that we could have just a penguin book post. This one is a great penguin book that teaches the value of differences.

White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

This is another award winner. This shows us the changes that come from a snowfall. It really brings to life the wonder and magic of a snowfall.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

I love how this book teaches so much about nature during winter. It shows a lot of what happens during hibernation, so it is very educational.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

This book really feels like magic and follows a girl and her father one winter night. This award winner is worth adding to your collection.

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

This book is just a silly book about a frog who wants to play in the snow–except frogs don’t play in the snow. His mom makes sure he is dressed for the occasion.

The Big Snow by Berta Hader

This is a very old book that is an award winner. It talks about the preparations needed by the animals as snow is coming.


When you look at book lists, it can feel very overwhelming. So many books to get! Keep in mind the library is a great resource for books.

Also, as I built our home library up, I just focused on a couple of new books a year per category. So I would buy 1-2 new picture books at for winter each year. This allowed us to build it slowly without breaking the bank.

This post originally appeared on this blog January 2017

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