Best Winter Reading for Kids of All Ages 2023
As the temperature drops, nothing warms the heart like a good book! We’ve rounded up some winter reading options for kids of all ages, from preschool to high school. Grab your softest blankets, your coziest clothes and your favorite hot drink and get cozy for winter reading with your kids!
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If You Were A Penguin by Florence Minor
Ages 2 to 5
This rhyming picture book will teach young readers about penguins! Young children can learn about these cold-weather animals and imagine what it would be like to be a penguin.
Snow Tracks by Wong Herbert Yee
Ages 2 to 6
Here is a perfect book for the whole winter, whether there is snow on the ground or not. After the new snowfall, a girl notices the tracks on the show. Overwhelmed with curiosity, he followed the tracks to find out who had left them and where they were going.
Little Critter: Just a Snowman said Mercer Mayer
Ages 3 to 6
Spend a day in the snow with the classic and beloved character, Critter! Little Critter wants nothing more than to build a snowman on his day off from school, but first he has to help his brother put on his snow boots, his dad is on the sidewalk and Gator is building a fort This endless book is perfect for snow day story time.
Magic Tree House: Winter of the Ice Wizard by Mary Pope Osborne
Ages 6 to 9
Kids have loved the Magic Tree House series for years, and it’s no surprise that there is a perfect book in the series for the winter season.
After Merlin the Magician and Morgan le Fay disappear, Jack and Annie travel with their friends to find them through the frozen kingdom of ice and snow. This is a great fantasy option for your little adventurous reader.
Snow Monsters Drink Hot Chocolate by Debbie Dadey Marcia and Thorton Jones
Ages 7 to 9
The Bailey School Kids see a strange new snowboarder in their town, and Howie thinks it’s a snow monster, who will make winter last forever. After all, it hasn’t stopped snowing since this snowboarder showed up… Does this snowboarder have anything to do with it? Will it stop snowing?
Frankie Sparks and the Big Sled Challenge by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Ages 7 to 10
Join third grade inventor Frankie Sparks as he enters his hometown’s sled design contest! He and his team must design the fastest, coolest sled in town while working together as a team. After reading Frankie’s construction adventure, your kids might want to get out in the snow and try sledding for themselves.
Peak by Roland Smith
Ages 8 to 12
Peak Marcello is arrested for climbing the side of a skyscraper in New York City and he has two options: be sent to juvenile detention or live with his estranged father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand.
But soon Peak learns that his father is interested in him again because he wants Peak to be the youngest person to reach the summit of Everest. This is a great story for older children who are looking for adventure in their reading. Plus, this is the first in a series if your child wants more stories about the Peak.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ages 8 to 12
This classic story is perfect for the winter season. Mary finds life at her uncle’s house boring. But in the grounds around the manor, he discovers a secret garden, locked with a missing key. With some new companions, Mary is determined to find a way into the garden and bring it back to life.
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
Ages 10 to 13
In this middle grade urban fantasy series, young orphan Elizabeth Somers finds a home in a hotel full of secrets. He discovers a book of puzzles that reveals a mystery about the hotel owner. Children will enjoy mystery and adventure this winter story
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Cooking by T. Kingfisher
Ages 11 to 14
Mona’s magic is a little out of the ordinary: it only works on bread. Her comfortable life working in her aunt’s bakery is turned upside down when a killer appears on the streets of Mona’s city, and it looks like Mona will be his next target. Children will love this wonderful magical fantasy story.
Little Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Ages 12 to 17
If you have a reader looking for a little challenge, try this classic! This timeless coming-of-age story follows four sisters in Civil War-era America and watches them grow from childhood to adulthood.
This is a story that has been loved by readers of all kinds for many generations, so it can be a good choice for reading with a parent-child friend. Share this timeless classic with your kids!
Whiteout: A Novel by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Wood Folk and Nicola Yoon
Ages 13 to 17
Enjoy this winter romance by a powerhouse team of authors! As Atlanta grinds to a halt in a raging snowstorm, a dozen teenagers band together to help a friend get the most epic apology of his life. Is the warmth of young love and friendship enough to melt the ice?