Picture books that celebrate Winter

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Winter with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud
It’s winter! Lily and Milo go outside. They want to feed the birds in the yard and play in the snow. But . . . what happened to Milo’s warm hat and scarf?

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If Winter Comes, Tell It I’m Not Here by Simona Ciraolo
Nothing is better than summer, with its joys of swimming every day and eating ice cream. One little boy’s older sister tells him he’d better make the most of it, because summer is going to end soon. When winter comes, she assures him, it will be cold and dark, and the icy rain will turn to snow. They’ll be stuck on the sofa for days and won’t even dream of eating ice cream. The illustrations belie the bleak forecast with images of glowing autumn leaves, cozy couch snuggles, wintry play, and sweet desserts. A celebration of the changing of the seasons, this inviting tale shows how much fun can be found around every sunny–or snowy–corner.

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When Winter Comes: Discovering Wildlife in Our Snowy Woods by Aimee Bissonette
This story focuses on wildlife in winter and the joy of being outdoors during the winter months.

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Froggy Builds a Snowman by Jonathan London
It’s Winter Carnival day, and Froggy can’t wait to build a snowman. But school principal Mr. Mugwort says there is a lot to do first. Skating! Sledding! A snow fort! Finally it’s time to build a snowman, but Froggy builds a snow dinosaur instead. And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without a wild snowball fight.

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Poppy and Sam and the Search for Sleep by Cathon
Winter is coming, and Poppy and Sam’s tiny garden neighbors are getting ready to hibernate. After stocking their pantries for the colder days ahead, Poppy and Sam settle in for a long winter’s nap as well. But what is Poppy doing wrong? She can’t sleep and nothing seems to work! Determined to hibernate like her friends, Poppy sets out with Sam to ask the other creatures for their deep-sleep secrets.

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Snow Falls by Kate Gardner
A vibrant and active celebration of the magic, beauty and fun of snow. From the day it starts until the day it goes, snow makes the world a very different, and lovely, place.

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Taking a walk: winter in the city by Sue Tarsky
Easy-to-read, cumulative text invites the reader to search the illustrations for animals, vehicles, and more, from one black cat to ten gray pigeons, during a walk in the city.

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Fox Versus Winter by Corey Tabor
Fox does not like winter. None of his friends are around to play. He is bored and alone. Then Fox has an idea. If he cannot escape winter, he will fight it!

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Bear is not Sleepy by Jelleke Rijken
It’s almost winter. Bear is getting ready to go to sleep. But when he sees birds flying south, Bear decides he wants to go too! Bear isn’t sleepy…yet…A warm story about adventure, and friendship, and being yourself.

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The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow Lora Koehler
The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?

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Winter Cats by Janet Lawler
Willy, an indoor cat, is told that outdoor cats are “weird and wild,” but sneaks out to play with them in the snow and learns that they make great friends.

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Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter by Laura Purdie Salas
There is more than one way for animals to prepare for winter. Some, such as mice, foxes, and moose, simply tolerate the cold. Of course black bears hibernate, but chipmunks, wood frogs, and garter snakes do too. And then there are the creatures that migrate, including hummingbirds, blue whales, and even earthworms!

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