Winter is here and last week we actually got to see some of the white stuff in the UK – snow and ice and I don’t know about your kids but for mine, it’s a real highlight of the year when it snows. So we’re carrying on with our seasonal books lists and today I’m sharing with you, our list of Fantastic Winter Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers. What we have done over the years is take these out from the library, pick and chose a few to add to our book collection as well as gift some of these for birthday’s and new babies as they will last a long time. If you are looking for activities that would work well in together with these books then check out our Snow and Ice Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers for some fun ideas.
Winter books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Connecting favorite characters with reading is a great way to get kids to read and want to read especially those reluctant readers Curious George is such a fun character and Curious George in the Snow is typical with George getting into some trouble whilst out with the man in the yellow hat at the winter games.
In this child-centered book Winter Seasons (one of 4) the season is explored inside and outside through the senses and play. This is another book ideal for toddlers and young preschoolers like the next one in our list.
One of our favorite Nursery Rhymes is Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Itsy Bitsy Snowman is fun Winter version of the rhyme. Ideal for babies and very young toddlers this book is fun to read together.
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Although the winter olympics are every 4 years we are big fans of winter sports in our house and Tacky and the Winter Games is such a fun book to read together. You read how his friends and he prepare to compete in the winter games and keep your fingers crossed that he’s not naughty at all!
No Winter book list is completed without The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats featured in our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids in January 2017 we have had fun creating Peg Dolls and Investigating why you use salt on roads.
In this sweet book Biscuit’s Snowy Day follow Biscuit a little dog as he explores the powdery snow and has fun doing all of the fun winter activities.
Snow Days were a highlight of my time at school – an unexpected day off school and they started back when I was in preschool. In Little Critter: Just a Snowman, Little Critter has a snow day and has great expectations on what he would like to do on this wonderful day but everyone else in his family has very different idea – sounds familiar right?
One snowflake will never come to anything – it won’t settle and will melt quickly they say. But the boy in Snow Sunburst Books doesn’t believe that. Read and watch as the city in the book is transformed as that one snowflake turns into flurries.
The first book that I brought my son when we discovered we were pregnant was The Snowman by Raymond Briggs closely followed by the DVD for my daughter when we found out we were pregnant with her! It’s one of my favorite stories and I love the beautiful illustrations throughout the book.
A favorite series in preschoolers around the world this winter version There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! lets you discover some of the items associated with winter and one very special activity that happens at this time of year.
Discover the secret to building the perfect snowman in The First Day of Winter as you follow the children through the first 10 days of winter. With rhymes and repetition, this is a great book for toddlers to enjoy.
Winter isn’t all boring read this beautifully illustrated book one of 4 in the series of seasons about what there is to do in Winter from sledding to exploring nature at rest and of course baking cookies. Winter is Here! and the other 3 books in the series make great additions to your children’s book collections.
Are your children like mine then they are forever losing their mittens then The Missing Mitten Mystery is the book for you. Annie loses her mitten and searches through the story to find her missing mitten. This would be an ideal book to give as a gift for a winter birthday with a pair of mittens of course.
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a seasonal favorite of ours – with beautiful illustrations typical for her stories we’ve had so much fun creating activities to go with this book.
In this classic from the Berenstain Bears Series The Berenstain Bears Winter Wonderland the land is covered by snow follow the bear cubs as they ski, sledge, ice skate and have all of the fun of winter.
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If your kids like There was 10 on the bed then they are going to love Ten on the Sled using the same tune these winter animals from polar lands take a sledge ride. Ideal for counting, rhyming and singing this is fun for preschoolers to join in with.
Jenny’s Winter Walk: A Kids Yoga Winter Book written by fellow Blogger Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories has produced this fantastic book that you follow along with Jenny as she takes a winter walk and as you go you act out the different winter themes with yoga poses. A fun way to keep active indoors when it’s too cold to go outside.
Winter Non-Fiction Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Find out about what different animals do during the winter in this non-fiction book All About Animals in Winter Celebrate Winter, which animals fur changes color and why, which hibernate and what do the other animals do.
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How is snow formed – what do the crystal look like. Help your children to answer some of these questions with The Story of Snow: The Science of Winters Wonder and ideal book if you have a “Why” child. With real pictures of snowflakes and instructions on how to catch them, it’s a great non-fiction book to add to your winter reading list.
In this non-fiction picture book All About Winter Weather Celebrate Winter discover the weather and enjoy reading with your older preschoolers. This is an ideal non-fiction book for those emergent readers and those getting to grips with reading.
The Let’s Read and Find out series of books is a great set of preschoolers and they will go through to Kindergarten when children can start to read themselves. Animals in Winter Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science goes through what happens to many different species of animals during the winter months – like where do the butterflies go?
Winter Books for Older Preschoolers and Kindergarten Kids
This classic beginner reader book is great as a read aloud but really comes into its own when children start to read and they can read it themselves. Edited by Dr. Seuss Snow I Can Read It All By Myself is full of fun verses and rhymes.
Written in comic book style The Mutts Winter Diaries is fun to engage reluctant book readers. It follows Earl and Mooch as they decide what to do in the winter. Should they hibernate or should they play? Also included and one of my favorite parts is a section on how to help animals in the winter with ideas for bird food and other snacks that will keep animals warm.
Little Critter features in another of our Winter Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers but this time for the older preschoolers as they start to get a grasp of wanting to read. Together you can read Snowball Soup Little Critter, My First I Can Read and find out what to feed a snowman that Little Critter has made.
Do you and your children have the winter clothes fight – well we do and in this lovely rhyming book The Jacket I Wear in the Snow you may just discover some of the reasons why as you read together what is wrong with each item of clothing as they are put on to go and play…. and then taken off as they return indoors.
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