10 Picture Books Perfect For A Snow Day

I’ve got 10 picture books to read with your children that are perfect for a snow day.   So stock up on hot chocolate and marshmallows because snow is coming!

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A significant snowstorm is moving across the country, so here in New England we are preparing for our first big snow of the season.  This weekend will be a good time to stay in, get cozy, and do some reading.  Well-written picture books live a long life in my home.  All of our children grew up on these books and they are like old friends.  Most of my children have outgrown picture books, but I’m planning on letting my girls dive into this list of books this weekend.   These familiar friends make for great reading practice, and I know for sure that the older ears in my home will be eavesdropping and peeking over shoulders to sneak a visit with these familiar, beloved stories.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

My girls were excited to see this book again when I pulled it out for this list.  A gently told story of a boy’s snowy day.  It takes the reader along on a sensory experience of snow.  Burr.

The Mitten by Jan Brett

We love all of Jan Brett’s books.  Her illustrations are masterful, and her stories are well told.  See what happens when curious forest animals discover a lost mitten in the snow.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost and Susan Jeffers

A classic poem tranquilly illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Page after beautiful page of twirly snow in the dusky evening light.

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

A sweet tale of forest animals preparing for winter and then experiencing the wonder of the first “Big Snow”.

Snowflake Bently by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

A true biographical story of a pioneering man born in 1865.  He was a Vermont farmer obsessed with photographing snowflakes.

Stranger in the Woods by Carl R Sams II and Jean Stoick

Called a “photographic fantasy”, this book is filled will real photographs which tell the story of forest animals discovering a snowman in the woods while the children watch.

Sugar Snow by Laura Ingles Wilder and Doris Ettlinger

The story of the “sugaring off” party from Laura Ingles Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods arranged as a stand-alone book for younger readers.

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

We are huge fans of all of Virginia Lee Burton’s books!  In this book Katy the snowplow is the hero of Geoppolis after a “Big Snow”.

Owl Moon by Jan Yolen and John Schoenherr

Go on an owl watch with a father and son late one winter night in the quiet woods.  Jan Yolen has a knack for gently wording powerful stories.

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin

A fun story of a small town experiencing a snowfall.  The adults prepare and work while the children play!


Now I’m ready for snow!  How about you?  Do you have a favorite winter book?  Tell us about it in the comments below.





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