It’s winter! Winter is a time of magic for most of the toddlers because they experience so many new things for the very first time! To help them understand changes in the nature grab few of the best winter board books for toddlers and enjoy cosy reading time!
Snow, snowflakes, cold, freezing, snowman, arctic animals, polar animals, ice, hats, gloves, boots, skiing, skating, etc. There are so many new words and new experiences waiting for toddler during winter. It’s a perfect time to read aloud winter books and work to expand their vocabulary!
Toddler’s Favorite Winter Picture Books to Read Aloud
If your child is one or two year old, they will love our selection of winter themed books. Our selection for under 2 year old kids is based on one (or more, if we are lucky) things:
- short books with few pages since toddlers have a short attention span
- chunky and durable books to endure rough toddlers
- books with lovely and vivid illustrations
- books with textures or finger puppets for extra sensory experience during reading
How to Build a Snowman
by Littel Scholastic
We read this book when we made salty snowman and we usually add it in a snowman busy bag for our toddler to ‘read’. Lovely book with clear instructions how to build a snowman. Bonus, it has textured pages and adds extra sensory experience to reading time.
The Snowman and Snowdog
by Raymond Briggs
Playful finger puppet book to add interaction and entice storytelling! Story is about the Snowman and the Snowdog! A boy built a Snowman and a Snowdog. That night, they came to life. The Snowdog runs, plays and flies into the air with Billy and the Snowman.
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
by Jeffrey Burton
A twist on a favorite nursery rhyme Itsy Bitsy Spider! Sing along as you read and make it a fun experience for toddlers. Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.
Winter Wonderland Sound Book
by Usborne Books
Adorable illustrations and wonderful sounds to watch and listen in winter! Winter wonderland engages child’s tactile and auditory senses. This book has sound, beautiful illustrations, holes to peep through and finger trails to explore! Great book to have throughout Christmas and winter seasons in your home library.
Hello, World! Arctic Animals
by Jill McDonald
An awesome introduction to arctic animals to wide age range, from toddlers to elementary school children. Each page holds a fun fact about living on Arctic and animals living there. Book is written in simple language making it toddler friendly. Hello World! Arctic animals is a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning and curiosity never stop.
Arctic Animals (Who’s That?)
by Tad Carpenter
Flip a flap book meets guessing game in Who is That? book about arctic animals! Both of my kids adored flip a flap books when they were toddlers and yours will too! Children will love guessing which arctic animal they’ll find beneath the flap, including a walrus, fox, and snowy owl. A final spread features all the creatures included in the book having a polar party.
The Snowy Day Board Book
by Ezra Jack Keats
Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written and illustrated. The story in the Snowy Day is simple but timeless. It’s about a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. My kids’ favorite part is when Peter makes a snow angel and a snowman.
Babies in the Snow
by Ginger Swift
Toddlers love to hear stories about animals and especially, they find baby animals interesting and adorable. Well, we adults are the same! Babies in the snow is a lovely book introducing arctic animals including polar bears, whales, caribou, walruses, seals, and more. It is a nice little lift-a-flap book with super cute animals and easy for them to interact while you read aloud to them.
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 snow 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! This book uses lots of words like “zip zap” or “twirly whirly”, which toddlers love and find entertaining.
Colors in the Cold
With Colors in the Snow your toddler can learn about winter clothing, body parts, colors, weather, and much more! It helps learning through repetition and kids enjoy interacting with the book. Great choice for tot school at home or in the classroom.
Baby Loves Winter!
by Karen Katz
Little ones will love lifting the flaps in this book to reveal a red sled, a giant snowplow, a cute furry groundhog, and everything else that Baby loves about winter! The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.
by Judi Abbot
Simply too sweet winter book! Snow Kisses features gorgeous illustrations and beautiful words. The illustrations are well-drawn, bright, bold and beautiful. Reading this book aloud to your toddler is a perfect way to celebrate the wonders of winter while cuddled up inside on a cold winter day.
by Bomi Park
This story captivates from the start with “Shhhh, listen…do you hear something?” In this celebration of a first snow, a tiny girl awakens in the night and quickly dons her boots, coat, scarf, and hat before quietly slipping outside to form a snowball. She rolls the snowball out of town, into the countryside, and past woodland creatures before reaching her destination—an open area where dozens of children are creating snowmen….
Biscuit’s Snowy Day
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit loves playing in the snow! There is soft, powdery snow everywhere! It’s the perfect day for snow angels, sledding, and snuggling up with someone you love. A sweet story about a girl and her puppy on a winter day. The illustrations are cute and cheerful. The corners are rounded and pages are thick and easy to turn.
Hush Little Polar Bear
by Jeff Mack
“Hush baby polar bear. Sleep in the snow, and dream of the places where sleeping bears go.” Kids follow a baby snow-white plush polar bear that has been brought to life by his owner’s imagination from the back of a whale with the sea spray surrounding, to a land of tall grass where butterflies float by up into the sky itself…and happily right back through the window into the loving arms of his owner asleep in bed.
by Gerda Muller
This is one of a series of four books without text, which lead the young child through the seasons of the year. Full of fun, active illustrations, this chunky board book shows the joys of shovelling snow, ice-skating, feeding the birds, and being cozy inside with the Christmas tree. Books with no words and beautiful illustrations are important for the cognitive and language development of young children. Without focusing on a strict storyline children are able to really look and observe all of the little details that are happening on each page.
Bear Snores On
by Karma Wilson
One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! Read the story to see what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!
Where’s the Penguin?
by Nosy Crow
One of the rare lift-a-flap books without paper flaps! In Where is Penguin? book the flaps are made out of felt, making this a more durable and easier to operate flap book for younger toddlers!
by Parragon Books
Explore with a little penguin friend through this book with peek-a-boo holes and sweet illustrations. Bright, engaging colors and a sweet story are sure to entertain, while thick, sturdy pages are perfect for toddler’s curious little hands to handle and turn.
by Chronicle Books
How does Baby Penguin stay cozy and warm? Where does Baby Penguin play? Follow along as baby penguin experiences the world, from playtime to bedtime. Featuring a permanently attached plush finger puppet this book offers parents and children a fun, interactive way to play and read.
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What Can You Do After Reading?
Sit down with your child to make a torn paper snowflake collage, let them explore sparkly winter sensory bin, make a winter scented playdough or arctic animals small world. You can also prepare a few winter busy bags or print winter coloring pages for quiet time and an independent play.
Most important: Enjoy spending time with your toddlers! ♥