The winter months are the perfect time to cozy up on the couch with your kids and read a great story! some of my favorite memories are spending my days just reading aloud to my kids. I’ve found my kindergarten age kids especially love when I make them a cup of hot cocoa and we snuggle up with some of our favorite stories. We don’t stop reading together during winter break, but we continue reading great books all throughout the winter season. If you’re looking for winter read alouds for kindergarten, you’re in the right place! I’m going to share with you my absolute favorite winter children’s books that have become so beloved among my kids.
In this classic book, we follow the story of a little boy whose grandmother makes him a pair of white mittens. But, what happens when he loses one in the white snow? Why, it becomes a home for several different animals. Young readers will delight in the beautiful images of this sweet story. If you're looking for some fun winter activities, try out The Mitten activities for preschool and kindergarten!
This book is a great way to celebrate the first day of winter! The magic of the first snow is perfectly captured in this simple story and depicts a child's wonder of a new world. This is a great book for a snow day and a cup of hot chocolate!
We are obsessed with Eric Carle books. This one is much like our beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what Do You See? book, but instead with animal noises! This one must make your winter book list for five and six year olds!
If you love nature books, you'll love this cute book all about what is happening in nature when the snow has fallen on the ground. Are there winter animals hibernating underneath the snow? This book makes a great choice to teach young kids about the "subnivean zone" (the space between the colder snow and the warmer ground) where many animals live in the winter, opening a fascinating window into the natural world.
Children love stories about our little mouse friends, and this cute story is so much fun as two mice work together to build the biggest snowman ever. They soon realize they can't do it themselves, so they must join forces. If you're looking for a great winter picture book for little ones, this story is a fun one!
We love Jan Brett and this book is a fun way to twist the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This story follows a polar bear family out for a walk when a little girl stumbles into their home to try out their belongings. The beautiful illustrations of this book prove Brett's work to bring the story of the Inuit people to life in this classic book. This story would be a great addition to your list of winter books.
In this silly book we meet Sneezy, who is just so cold! He tries to warm up in a hot tub, with some hot cocoa, and standing by a fire, but he melts. The kids just want to build him back up! If you need a funny book to read during your snow party, this is one you just have to try!
For any child who has ever struggled with making friends, this book is a great way to help children see that they are not alone. The story follows Jojo, who reassures readers that they, too, can make friends.
Tortoise sleeps through winter every year thinking he isn't missing out on much, but his friends want to prove him otherwise. Does tortoise get to sleep through the winter, or does he get to stay awake and see what all of the fuss is about?
Another silly story from the Old Lady Who... series. Kids will laugh hysterically at the simple language and funny illustrations. The end of the book includes a surprise that no read will be able to guess!
This book is part of another book series that my young children absolutely love. What happens when the main character finds his snowman entry has come to life? Well, he needs to catch him, but it's not as easy as it seems.The silly rhymes and fun art in this book make it a delightful story!
Just what do snowmen do at night? This book is full of imagination as kids explore where snowmen go at night when no one is looking. There's lots of imaginative verse and amusing details about the secret life of snowmen in this sweet book!
If you're looking for chapter books to read aloud to your little ones, this classic book should definitely go on your list. It's easy to read aloud and a Newbery Honor book. Follow a house painter and his crazy brood of penguins from the Antarctic. All age groups will enjoy listening to this story!
My kids absolutely adore Little Owl. He gets so excited that winter is coming as he observes leaves falling, his animal friends hibernating, and a chill in the air. Then he gets to experience his first snow!
In this Caldecott Medal award winning book, follow the true story of Wilson Bentley and his fascination with snowflakes. Overtime he catalogued and categorized hundreds of pictures of snow, making his work the basis of everything we know about snowflakes!
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