Winter Library Books

Early Literacy Tip

Read with passion! Maintaining the same highs and lows in your voice at the same point in a story helps children begin to remember the words.

Library Books


Don't wake up the bear! Don’t Wake Up the Bear by Marjorie Dennis Murray
On a cold, snowy evening, several animals snuggle up to a hibernating bear in order to keep warm. Each time a new animal comes, the others warn, “Don’t wake up the bear!”

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic, but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing. Teacher Tip: This book may be too long for some preschool classes. It can be very engaging, however, in an abbreviated retelling using the feltboard activity available through the website link below.

If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws by Kim Norman
Animals enjoy a variety of wintry activities in the snow in this book that is made to sing-a-long.

Mama, Will It Snow Tonight? by Nancy White Carlstrom
Three mothers and their offspring—fox, rabbit and human—wait for the first snow of winter.

Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson
One cold day Mouse and Poppa venture into the clear white world. From sledding down hills, to skating across the ice, to meeting fluffy angels, Mouse finds that wintertime is full of surprises. And before it's time to go home, Mouse just might have time to "make" a special new friend!

No by Claudia Rueda
It's winter and little bear doesn't want to go to sleep. He'd rather play, and he's sure he won't get cold outside, no matter how long the winter is, how deep the snow might get or how hard the storm might blow. Until, that is, little bear finds himself all alone in a snowstorm.

No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Follows a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey through a winter landscape, where everything everywhere, from branches and leaves to forests full of trees, is unique.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter's snowy landscape in this informational picture book—a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow.

Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
A child describes the many layers of clothing needed to brave the winter weather.

When the Snow Comes by Jonathan Allen
Little Yak is excited about seeing the snow for the very first time. But what will he do when it comes?

Winter is for Snow by Robert Neubecker
A brother and sister help each other learn to appreciate the joys of winter.

Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
A child describes pleasant ways to stay warm during the winter, from sipping hot chocolate and eating grilled cheese sandwiches to wearing wooly sweaters and sitting near a glowing fireplace.


Animals in winter. Non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. If any of the text is too advanced for your children, you can still "read" these books by discussing their pictures.

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
This wonderfully simple Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book explains the many ways animals have of coping with harsh weather.

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