Winter book list

Books for all ages to get you in the festive spirit.

Baby to 3

How to Hide a Lion at Christmas How to Hide a Lion at Christmas
by Helen Stephens

Iris and her lion go everywhere together. But when Christmas comes and the family are going away, Mum says the lion must stay behind. After all, you can't take a lion on a train.

Luckily the lion has other ideas. He sets off on a festive, snowy adventure to find Iris - and almost bumps into Father Christmas!

The Storm Whale in Winter The Storm Whale in Winter
by Benji Davies

It’s winter time and Noi’s island is covered in a blanket of snow. Even the sea is icing over. Noi is worried about the little whale he saved last summer: Can he survive the harsh conditions? Little does Noi know that it’s the little whale’s turn to save him…

The Snow Lion The Snow Lion
by Jim Helmore and Richard Jones

When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely, but it’s not long though before she makes a new friend – The Snow Lion. They have fun playing hide and seek, chasing and sliding. However, it’s soon time for Caro to venture out on her own.

Age 3 to 5

The Wish Tree The Wish Tree
by Chris Turnham and Kyo Maclear

Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. Along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.

Owl Moon Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen

Late one winter a father and daughter go in search of great horned owl. The father calls to the mysterious night-time bird, but there is no answer. Wordlessly the pair walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope.

Snowmen at Night Snowmen at Night
by Caralyn Buehner

Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has got a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? Did you wonder, ‘What do snowmen do at night?’ This delightful wintertime tale reveals all!

Age 5 to 7

Shelter Shelter
by Celine Claire

As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families are worried. ‘What are they doing there?’ ‘What do they want?’ As the pair knock on the doors of one home after the other asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the cold and they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it?

Blizzard Blizzard
by John Rocco

Blizzard is based on the author’s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978. At first, the boy is excited to see the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window but in the end he is relieved to see the first snowplow on their street. In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first.

Over and Under the Snow Over and Under the Snow
by Kate Messner

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow lies a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs and many other animals making their winter home under the snow. Explore the world beneath the snow, where tunnels and caves are formed, and on the ground where animals are safe, warm, awake and busy through the winter, but hidden beneath the snow.

Age 7 to 11

Winter Magic Winter Magic
by various authors

This gorgeous collection of wintery stories features snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers. Read tales from classic children’s writers including Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison and Emma Carroll.

Don’t Leap Larry Don’t Leap Larry
by John Briggs

Lemmings look alike, sound alike and act alike. So if one jumps off a cliff, the others follow… all except Larry. Larry’s a lemming with a mind of his own. He goes sledging with the puffins, eats pepperoni pizza, and likes to wear a top hat. But can Larry teach his fellow lemmings to finally think for themselves?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss

With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!

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