Our favorite Picture books for Winter - All-idays, Reindeer, and the Great Big List of Winter Weather

Our favorite Picture books for Winter - All-idays, Reindeer, and the Great Big List of Winter Weather

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

- Emilie Buchwald


Happy All-idays

December is a month of holidays and celebrations.  Reading and looking at books with your child is a beautiful way to help them find connection and meaning in these traditions.  Learning how and why our families do what we do  is important for small children to develop roots in their family system.

These books are also wonderful stories for teaching your children about other families and their traditions.  I think it's important for our children to begin to understand that not all families look and act like theirs. Normalizing differences and learning about them, creates understanding and acceptance. Just opening the door for questions and learning together can be such an enriching experience.

Find ALL of our favorite books for Christmas, Kwanza, Hannukah, and All the holidays on a special blog post here Happy All-idays!


These are our favorites for the upcoming Summer Solstice Celebration:

Joyous Winter Solstice

  • The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper
  • The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson
  • Luke & the Longest Night by Kathleen Converse
  • Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
  • The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
  • Solstice Badger by Robin McFadden
  • Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale by Walter Fordham
  • One Short Day In December by Lilith Rogers
  • The Return of the Light: 12 Tales from around the world for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards (children over 6 yrs)




reindeer books for young children

Reindeer - So much more than Santa's Helpers

  • The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
  • I'm a Reindeer by Mallory C. Loehr
  • Reindeer by Katie Marsico
  • The Reindeer Wish by Lori Evert
  • Itsy Bitsy Reindeer by Jeffrey Burton
  • The Littlest Reindeer by Brandi Dougherty
  • Remarkable Reindeer by Jeff Bauer
  • That's Not My Reindeer by Fiona Watt
  • The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
  • I See A Reindeer, But... K.A. Morgan
  • All About Reindeer by Kristen Rajczak Nelson
  • All About Reindeer: Fascinating Reindeer Facts for Kids by Lynn Diaz
  • Little Caibou by Sarah Fox-Davies
  • Caribou Journey by Vivian French
  • Caribou and Reindeer, Too by Joyce Markovics
  • Caribou Migration by Rebecca Hirsch


 The Great Big Booklist of Winter Weather

The Great Big Booklist of Winter Weather - From animal tales to arctic facts, these books are on the top of our list.

  • A Thing Called Snow by Yuval Zommer
  • Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor
  • Ice! Poems About Arctic Life by Douglas Florian
  • Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper
  • Snow by Cynthia Rylant
  • Little Owl's Snow by Divya Srinivasan
  • The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
  • Winter Lullaby by Dianne White
  • Scooper and Dumper by Lindsay Ward
  • Winter in the Forest (Lift-A-Flap Surprise) by Cottage Door Press
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Snow by Eric Carle
  • Goodby Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
  • The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
  • Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes
  • What's a Season? WINTER by Kelly Grettler
  • Curious George: Curious About Winter by H. A. Rey
  • Snowman Paul and the Winter Olympics by Yossi Lapid
  • A Day for Skating by Sarah Sullivan
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
  • Look Closer: Into the Arctic by Roger Priddy
  • Over in the Arctic: A Polar Baby Animal Counting Book by Marianne Berkes
  • Let's Explore the North Pole by Baby Professor
  • The Coldest Tundra by Baby Professor
  • Antarctica by Helen Cowcher
  • Ice (weather) by Helen Frost
  • Cold Noses, Crisp Air by Essie Bell
  • Winter by Gerda Muller
  • One Snowy Day: A Winter Weather Book for Kids by Diana Murray
  • The Colors of Winter by Danna Smith
  • Little Snowflake by Igloo Books
  • I Like Snow (I like the weather) by Sarah Nelson
  • I Spy Arctic Animals by Alek Malkovich
  • The Big Book of Snow and Ice by Stepanka Sekaninova
  • Glacier on the Move by Elizabeth Rusch
  • The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up Close Look at the Art and Science of Snowflakes by Kenneth Libbrecht
  • The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Jon Nelson Ph.D.