Plano Reads: Winter

It’s time to get cozy with these winter reads, from babies through teens.

We’re constantly adding to the library collection, but here are some of our favorite books celebrating winter, snow, and all things cozy. From new titles to classics, you’re sure to find a great read to cuddle up with as the days get colder.

Board Books

Note: Board Books are unavailable for holds requests. To check out this title, you will need to come to a library and grab it from the display. The Catalog link below will show you where the book is available.

Snow Kisses by Judi Abbot Catalog
Winter animals use hugs and kisses to show how to celebrate the wonders of winter with their family.

The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffrey Burton Catalog
A playful seasonal adaptation of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” follows the adventures of a tiny snowman who sleds through a winter wonderland with his friends.

Winter = Invierno by Ailie Busby Catalog
Follow the children in this book as they discover and explore the unique character of winter, through indoor and outdoor play. 

Winter Babies by Kathryn Osebold Galbraith Catalog
It is winter in the park, and as snow sparkles babies run and glide, while puppies sniff and rabbits hop.

Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes Catalog
Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings.

Ready for Winter by Marthe Jocelyn Catalog
Labeled illustrations suggest various garments suitable for wearing in the wintertime. 

Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant Catalog
During the first snowy day of winter, five little penguins bundle up and venture outside to play.

Winter Snow by Liesbet Slegers Catalog
Hurrah! It’s winter! I am all bundled up in lots of warm clothes so I can go outside to play in the snow!

In the Snow by Elizabeth Spurr Catalog
In this gently rhyming board book, a young girl makes a snowman, sleds, and has other winter fun!

Snow Still by Holly Surplice Catalog
A little fawn plays in the snow and experiences all the joy winter has to offer.

Picture Books

Snow Theme Backpack Request
Theme Backpack, picture books
A backpack full of picture books for the perfect storytime at home

The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale adapted by Jan Brett Request
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki’s lost mitten until the bear sneezes.

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert Request
Some children create a family out of snow. Includes labeled pictures of all the items they use, as well as information about how snow is formed.

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader Request
Winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Request
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

Bear Can’t Sleep! by Marni McGee Request
As the animals prepare for winter, Bear goes into his cave but cannot fall asleep until Patch comes up with a solution.

Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant Request
During the first snowy day of winter, five little penguins bundle up and venture outside to play.

Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro Request
Lucy the field mouse’s friends avoid going outdoors in winter until Lucy introduces the delights of skating.

Samson in the Snow by Philip Christian Stead Request
When friendly giant mammoth Samson falls asleep and wakes up in the middle of a blizzard, he finds and shelters a little red bird and a flower-loving mouse, beginning new friendships for all.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen Request
On a winter’s night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Early Readers

Perfectly Poppy Snowy Blast by Michele Jakubowski Request
It is the first big snow of the winter and Poppy does not want to play outside in the cold–but her mother insists.

Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter by Megan McDonald Request
“Brrrr!” The leaves are off the trees, and frost is on the ground. It’s time for bugs to hunker down and hide out for the winter. But Ant isn’t ready to hunker down. Ant isn’t ready to be “all by herself” for months on end. The thought of a long chilly season without her best friend, Honey Bee, is enough to make Ant shiver with dread. Can Ant brave the cold for one last surprise visit before the snow flies? And will Honey Bee welcome an interruption of her peace and quiet? 

Snow Day! by Candice F. Ransom Request
After waking up to a snow day, a brother and sister enjoy winter activities with their friends.

Chilly Charlie by Dana Meachen Rau Request
Charlie is chilly all over and needs a hug to warm him up.

Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze by Cynthia Rylant Request
Annie and her cousin Henry, along with Henry’s dog Mudge and Annie’s rabbit Snowball, enjoy a sparkling, wintry ice storm.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope by Cynthia Rylant Request
Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, and Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, head for the sledding slope for the wildest ride ever. Maybe winter is not so slow after all!

Woof & Quack in Winter by Jamie A. Swenson Request
Quack, a duck, decides to stay with his friend Woof, a dog, rather than fly south for the winter, with unexpected results.

Fox Versus Winter by Corey R. Tabor Request
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!

Mouse Loves Snow by Lauren Thompson Request
A mouse and its father enjoy playing in the snow.

Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland by Wong Herbert Yee Request
Best friends Mouse and Mole enjoy playing in the snow with Sno-Mouse and Sno-Mole, two more best friends.

Junior Fiction

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater Request
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner Request
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Request
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Request
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder Request
After an October blizzard, Laura’s family moves from the claim shanty into town for the winter, a winter that an Indian has predicted will be seven months of bad weather.

Junior Nonfiction

Explore Winter!: 25 Great Ways to Learn About Winter by Maxine Anderson Request
Young readers become scientists in the field when this activity book sends them off to answer the question “Why do we have winter?” with experiments and projects that mix real science with real fun. Combining hands-on learning with trivia, jokes, riddles, and terrific illustrations, chapters start with the “tools” of science – the scientific method and how to keep a science journal – and then investigate the winter constellations, long nights and long shadows, animal tracking in snow, and food-gathering behavior in birds.

Winter by Emily C. Dawson Request
This photo-illustrated book for early readers describes how winter weather affects the actions of animals, the growth of plants, and the activities of people.

Wonderful Winter by Bruce Goldstone Request
A photographic picture book providing a comprehensive overview of facts about winter.

Cold Weather: A 4D Book by Sally Lee Request
Shiver! The weather is cold. Bundle up and find out why cold weather happens. Bring augmented reality to your students by downloading the free Capstone 4D app and scanning for access to an online article, video, and discussion questions.

Hello Winter! by Shelley Rotner Request
The basic facts about the season of Winter including how plants, animals, and the climate change and adapt are included in this photo essay introduction to Winter.

Young Adult

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson Request
Girls started vanishing in the fall. For Maggie Larsen, the town of Gill Creek is only a stopgap before college and freedom. Until she meets Pauline and Liam. What starts as an uneventful year suddenly changes. Someone is killing teenaged girls, and the town reels from the tragedy. As Maggie’s and Pauline’s worlds collide and change around them, they will both experience love and loss. And by the end of the book, only one of them will survive.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Request
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

After the Snow by Sophie D. Crockett Request
Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston Request
More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, fifteen-year-old Cass yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, Blue.

Towering by Alex Flinn Request
A contemporary retelling of Rapunzel told from the alternating perspectives of three teens whose fates unknowingly bind them together to destroy a greater evil.

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett Request
When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Request
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.


Be sure to browse the library catalog online here, and use your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) to place a hold request. You can also browse our eBook collection through Overdrive and the Libby app.

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