Kids + Teens

Cozy up with Snow + Winter-Themed Children’s Books

Winter is coming, and with the promise of snowfall (or here in San Francisco, maybe a little frost) comes the best seasonal celebration of all: curling up in a cozy chair with blanket on lap and book in hand. Cue the fuzzy slippers, hot chocolate, and crackling fire—we have all the wintry wonderland books for you and your little ones to make a perfect evening.

 

A Vehicle-Themed Read Aloud

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The elves at the North Pole discover Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state…so they hold a contest to build the best new ride, with just a few enhancements. One resembles a pirate ship, one is a diesel-fueled, blizzard-cooled big rig, and another is a motorcycle. But which one will win?

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker, and the celebrated illustrator of The Little Snow Plow, Jake Parker, team up for high-energy vehicular silliness and classic Christmas cheer in this turbo-charged read aloud. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you won’t get coal in your stocking with the The 12 Sleighs of Christmas.

 

Touch-and-Feel Board Books

Board books

For the littlest readers, these books provide a soothing read-aloud experience with irresistible touch-and-feel elements. Baby Reindeer tells the tale of a baby reindeer’s day, from waking up until falling asleep. Follow along with a sweet finger puppet that travels along with you, page by page. Children will also fall in love with the gentle art in Baby Basics: My Dreams, an adventure through a dream-world complete with dinos and magic carpets. This book is best read under blankets to see the glow-in-the-dark details!

 

Picture Books about Penguins

Penguin picture books

These flightless birds capture the hearts of children everywhere. A new penguin friend takes a star turn in a neatly executed ice dance with the exuberant Flora in the wordless book Flora and the Penguin. In Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!, penguin fans will learn fresh new facts about their favorite bird.

 

Snowy Fiction Picture Books

Snow-themed picture books

Take a thrilling ride in Bunny Slopes, an interactive book that urges the reader to shake, tilt, and turn the book in order to bring red-scarfed Bunny down the ski slope. A night adventure brings a little girl in First Snow to a true winter wonderland of children all enjoying the first snowfall of the season. And lastly, a boy, with the help of his faithful companion Boggan, discovers the true meaning of giving in The Wish Tree. (Be forewarned: you may find yourself hosting a night feast of hazelnut souffles.)

 

Nature-Themed Nonfiction Picture Books

Nonfiction picture books

Tuck your young readers in with Sleep Tight Farm, perfect for families wrapping up weekend hayrides, pumpkin patches, and apple-picking season. In this beautiful book, children get a peek into how a farm prepares for winter. With each page turn, another part of the farm is put to bed. Our last stop on our tour of winter wonderlands is the secret subnivean zone, deep under the snow, where animals play, sleep, hide, and eat during the winter months. Over and Under the Snow peels away the layers of the world to reveal the dazzling life both over and under the snow.

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Now all you need is a mug of hot cocoa and somewhere cozy to curl up. Happy reading!

Hannah Moushabeck

Hannah is the Associate Marketing Manager for Chronicle children's books. She is an all-round book nerd, born into a family of book nerds. She can be bribed with avocados and picture books.
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