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Cozy up for some winter books! These 6 snowy reads are perfect for a cold day

Add some cozy winter books to your kids’ shelf.

We may not be getting a lot of snow right now in Utah, but that doesn’t mean we can’t feel the magic that a fresh white blanket brings. The sparkling imagery and cozy stories are just what young ones need to cuddle up with on a cold winter’s day.

Julie Bristow, from The Book Lady’s Daughter, shares some of her favorite winter books.

Find more book recommendations from Julie on Instagram,


6 Winter Books to Cozy Up With

A Thing Called Snow

Written and illustrated by Yuval Zommer

Autumn is turning to winter, and Fox and Hare head deep into the forest in search of snow for the first time. Each of their animal friends describes it differently: white, cold, fluffy, sparkly…. Fox and Hare wonder if they’ll ever know what snow is. But then, overnight, flakes start to fall. White, cold, fluffy, sparkly…. SNOW! Young readers will share the enchanted feeling of a winter’s first snow as they see two best friends marvel in nature’s beauty.

Mice Skating

By Annie Silvestro
Illustrated by Christee Curran-Bauer

For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and nesting. But not for Lucy! This adventurous mouse loves feeling the snow crunching under her paws and wearing her fluffy wool hat. Most of all, Lucy loves to ice skate, and she doesn’t want the other mice to miss out on all the fun.


Sugar and Spice and Everything Mice

By Annie Silvestro
Illustrated by Christee Curran-Bauer

A sequel to Mice Skating. Almost every day, Lucy the mouse skates with her winter-loving friends. When a blistering snowstorm forces them indoors, Lucy decides to warm everybody up by baking sweet treats. But unlike mice-skating, Lucy quickly realizes that baking does not come naturally to her. With some teamwork, sugar, and spice, they might get the cheesecake they’ve been waiting for!


The Snow Dancer

By Addie Boswell
Illustrated by Merce Lopez

Young dancer Sofia wakes up to a quiet, white world-it’s a snow day! She makes her way outside to the neighborhood park, where a field awaits her, white and shining and open. It isn’t long before the rest of the neighborhood wakes its sleepy head-and the other kids make their way to the park, scattering all of Sofia’s beautiful silence. But with the help of a new young friend, Sofia is ready to show everyone what a Snow Dancer can do on a perfect day like this. With lyrical language and gorgeous art, this book sparkles with all the joy and beauty of a snow day.


Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story

By Sean Taylor & Alex Morss
Illustrated by Cinyee Chiu

It’s winter in the forest by Granny Sylvie’s house. The trees are bare. The pond is frozen hard. The air is quiet and still. Discover the wonder of hibernation and learn how different animals tuck themselves away and snuggle down for a winter sleep.


Once Upon a Northern Night

By Jean E. Pendziwol
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

In this exquisite lullaby, the beauty and wonder of a northern winter night unfold. At first snow falls softly and nighttime creatures appear, then stars light up the sky, followed by shimmering northern lights, all framed by the etchings of frost on the window pane. Isabelle Arsenault’s beautifully rendered illustrations simultaneously evoke winter’s nighttime life and the cozy warmth and security of a beloved child’s sleep.

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