Fun Winter Books for Kids
It may be cold outside, but you and your littles can stay cozy with these fun winter books for kids! These books celebrate all that is wonderful about the season, from holidays like Lunar New Year, to playing in the snow and ice. Several books also feature how animals adapt to the weather – including some who decide to go against what everyone else is doing! So grab a mug of cocoa and prepare to enjoy these great reads, from picture books to chapter books.
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Fun Winter Books for Kids
Find below fun winter books your kids will love!
The Lunar New Year Surprise is a sweet story of a young boy who makes a special gift for his younger sister for Lunar New Year. It has been a secret project he has worked on for Meimei with his grandmother, but now that he can finally present it to his sister, something always intervenes to prevent it! Whether Meimei is too caught up in the excitement of holiday preparations or covering her ears because of the noisy parade, he keeps missing his opportunity to give Meimei the special surprise. Finally, at the end of a long day of celebrating, he finds just the right moment, capping off a memorable celebration for both of them. A charming tale of love between siblings, which, along the way, also teaches children about the special foods and traditions that mark Lunar New Year. I also love the end matters, which gives more detailed information about the Chinese zodiac and about special Lunar New Year foods from different Asian countries.
What happens when penguins huddle together to sleep one cold night in the South Pole? They wake up frozen together in one giant penguin ice pop! None of their friends can break them apart, so they travel to a nearby city to seek a solution. Can anyone help them break out of their frozen penguin huddle? Children will love poring over the illustrations of all of the animals both at the Pole and in the city. A silly story with a wonderful message about teamwork and friendship – and nice, warm cuddles with those you love.
The Story of the Snow Children is the reissuing of a classic winter tale from German author/illustrator Sibylle von Olfers, originally published in 1905. This utterly charming story, illustrated in a distinctive period style, follows a young girl accompanies the snow children she meets in her garden to visit the Snow Queen in her icy kingdom. While there, Poppy experiences all the delights of the wintery palace. She even gets to celebrate the Princess’ birthday, enjoying special treats served by real live snowmen. After a lively dance with the endlessly energetic snow children, Poppy returns home, exhausted but full of happy memories. A lovely book sure to fuel the imaginations of yet another generation of young readers.
Snowflakes on Our Tongues is a silly look at how even farm animals like to catch snowflakes on their tongues! From the cows and horses to the pigs and chickens, the animals recount how they stay warm in the winter. But everything changes when the snow starts to fall! Everyone rushes outside to catch snowflakes on their tongues – but only when the farmer isn’t looking, of course. What they don’t know, however, is that the farmer does the same when they aren’t looking! One of our favorite fun winter books that also includes at the back information on how real farm animals stay warm in cold weather.
Have you ever wanted to do something different than everyone else? Zander doesn’t want to fly south for the winter like all the other geese. So Zander Stays. As the weather grows colder, he asks his animal friends what he should do. They all give him great advice that works for *them,* but none of it works for him. Why should he gather nuts like the squirrels when he doesn’t even like nuts? And trying to add a layer of fat like the bears just makes him feel sick. He is about to give up when he discovers a creature whose adaptation fit him perfectly! Humans play in the snow but then go back inside to warm up and be cozy, which suits Zander perfectly. He has such a wonderful time that the next winter the rest of the geese decide to stay with him and his new human family! Includes information about how different animals have adapted to the cold weather.
Time to Move South for the Winter is a lyrical book about animal migration. Accompanied by gorgeous paintings of lush landscapes, the story follows one little tern as she sets off on her long journey south. Along the way, she passes other animals, such as leatherback turtles and monarch butterflies, that are also making their seasonal migrations. At long last, the tern arrives at her destination, able to rest at last, until it is time to make the long trip back north. Includes more detailed information at the back about the migrating animals featured in the book.
Really Bird’s friends want to play in the snow, but Really Bird doesn’t enjoy playing out in the cold. He convinces his friends to come inside, but they don’t enjoy playing indoors. Can Really Bird come up with a solution that can make everyone happy? A cute story for young readers, to help them think through how to handle situations when friends have trouble agreeing.
What begins as an innocent adventure floating down a creek on a slab of ice soon spirals out of control, until a trio of young friends finds themselves swept out to sea. Lost and unsure of how to return, the children must learn how to survive in the icy land they discover. Sheltering in an abandoned hut, they soon discover it was once occupied by polar explorers who had come to study penguins. When spring finally comes, they use the wood from the hut to build themselves a boat. Can they put to sea and make their way back home? And will anyone believe them when they say where they have been? A lovely adventure chapter book about how one thing can lead to another and another, and what to do when it does.
The Orphaned Tiger is a chapter book about a young girl who finds a carved wooden tiger ornament that belongs to her baba (grandmother). That night she falls asleep with the little wooden tiger and dreams of a snowy nighttime trek to save a tiger cub outside her cousin’s village in Russia. A wonderful adventure story with a magical, dream-like quality to it. Can she save the starving tiger cub before the poachers do? Based on instances of endangered Amur tigers that were rescued near Russian villages and rehabilitated into the wild.
What are your favorite fun winter books for kids?