10 Children’s Books About Snow

Here are ten delightful books to share with your children when the first snowflakes of the season fall. These books describe the anticipation of the first snowfall and the joy of playing in the snow. You will also find inspiration for decorating snowmen, instructions for building an igloo, and encouragement to look more closely at snowflakes.

Jack (age 3) was so excited to play in the snow that he ran outside wearing only his snow pants and “moose ears.”

Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals and Elizabeth Sayles. A counting book with a simple rhyme. Millions of Snowflakes describes a young girl frolicking in the snow. Ages 0+

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Depicts a young boy Peter’s adventures in the snow with simple, graphic illustrations. The Snowy Day conveys the joy of playing in the snow. Ages 1+

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. Ehlert’s illustrations of impressively decorated snow people may inspire your child to build a snowman…or snow mom, boy, girl, baby, cat, or dog. Ages 1+

Snow by Uri Shulevitz. Describes a young boy’s anticipation while waiting for the first snow and revelry when the snow comes. Snow is the book I reach for to celebrate the first snow of the season. Ages 2+

Let it Snow by Holly Hobbie. In Let it Snow, two friends, Toot and Puddle, choose the perfect Christmas presents for each other and enjoy a magical cross country skiing trip. Ages 3+


Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. I absolutely love this story about a girl and her father venturing out into the woods on a winter night in search of an owl. Owl Moon describes a memorable wintertime nature encounter. Ages 3+


The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Without words, The Snowman tells the tale of a boy who imagines playing – and flying – with the snowman he has created. Ages 4+


Building an Igloo by Ulli Steltzer. A fascinating book about an Inuit father and son building an igloo. Building an Igloo explains that while the Inuit no longer live in igloos, the father and son in this book build igloos when they go hunting. Ages 4+

Stella: Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay. Younger brother Sam has never seen snow before. When the first snowstorm of the season arrives, Sam has lots of great questions about snow, and Sam’s older sister Stella has lots of entertaining answers. Ages 4+

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian. A true story about a man, William Bentley, who figured out how to photograph snowflakes in the late-1800s. Ages 5+

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3 Responses to 10 Children’s Books About Snow

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks! Keep sharing your book recommendations!

  2. Erinn L says:

    My mother in law bought our kids a book called Winter’s Gift. It is a heart warming story of love and empathy, grief and tenderness for animals. It’s a tear jerker, so beware.

  3. Tiffany JB says:

    Thanks! We will check these out. We’ve read The Snowy Day and love it. Especially the illustration, which is so colorful and full of pattern. There is a book by P.D. Eastman titled ‘Snow’ that my three year old really likes.

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