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Top 10 children’s books about winter

When it’s chilly outside, what better way to warm up than by settling down with a beautiful book and a warming cup of cocoa? Below are just some of our favourite children’s books set in the winter, perfect for discovering new fantastical worlds!


Ages 3 to 7

Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro

Lucy the mouse wants nothing more than to share her passion of ice skating with her friends, but after a less than successful snowball fight, her friends can’t quite understand why she enjoys being outside in the cold. With a valuable moral lesson at its heart, this delightful tale is sure to leave a smile on your face.

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Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

As winter approaches, all of the animals are preparing for the snow… Apart from a fox! Filled with delightful pictures, this story is a great way to teach young children about the natural world in winter.

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No Two Alike by Keith Baker

Follow two birds on their journey through a snowbound land, as they explore forests and find friends along the way. Filled with delightful illustrations, Baker’s picture book is a fantastic way to welcome in the winter season.

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One Snowy Night (A Tale from Percy the Park Keeper) by Nick Butterworth

One cold, snowy night, the animals in Percy’s farm take refuge in his hut to escape the harsh winter conditions. A timeless classic, Percy the Park Keeper’s tales are sure to become a family favourite in your home.

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The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone

In a bleak and dreary orphanage, daydreaming, having fun and Christmas festivities are forbidden. However, unknown to Phoebe and Herb, magic is waiting for them just outside in the snow…

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For ages 8+

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club is a great read for fans of adventure. Follow four explorers as they journey across a frozen wilderness, encountering bandit camps, frost fairies and even carnivorous cabbages!

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Shadows of Winterspell by Amy Wilson

Discover a world of sparkling spells and freezing frost in this wonderful story. Follow Stella, a girl who has been living in a magic forest, as she uncovers her family secrets along her journey to release the forest from dark magic.

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Winter Magic by a selection of authors

This charming collection of short stories includes everything from snow dragons to snow queens. As a wonderful introduction to a variety of authors, Winter Magic is guaranteed to leave you feeling festive.

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The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood

Hargrave’s novel is sure to leave a lasting impression on all readers. In this heartfelt tale about new beginnings, Mila and her sisters must set out across a frozen land to find their lost brother, Oskar, who has been taken by a group of mysterious strangers.

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The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

Set in a Victorian mansion, Seren is given a mysterious package by a man on her way to a new home – but what’s inside? And who is it who wants to find the parcel? Fishers’ snow-bound story is an enchanting read from start to finish.

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For even more festive cheer, check out our DoodleEnglish app! Children can have fun developing their reading and writing skills as they open their in-app advent calendar to build Santa’s sleigh!

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