12 Perfect Winter Read Alouds For the Elementary Classroom
Reading aloud to my students is one of my favorite things to do, and books about winter are some of my favorite to share in the classroom. There is something about the coziness of gathering together on the rug reading on a cold winter morning that just makes moments in the classroom so special.
I have compiled a list of some of my favorite winter read-alouds to share with you.
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After a busy day of playing in the snow with her dog, Annie loses her red mitten. She searches everywhere with her dog, Oscar. They even wonder if animals like an eagle or a mouse were the culprit. Finally, after they were about to give up, they found the mitten in the most unlikely place! Kids absolutely love the silly possibilities of how the mitten could have disappeared such as an eagle using it to keep the baby’s head warm or a mouse using it for a bed! Planning on using this book in your classroom this year? I have an adorable snowman craft and a comprehension activity to go with this story. You can learn more about it here.
The kids are all wishing for a snow day, and the weatherman is predicting a big snowstorm on the way. The excitement and planning of snow day fun are in full swing. Except, when the family wakes up in the morning, they are disappointed to find no snow outside their window! The best part of this book is the surprising twist at the end. An absolute must-have for the classroom!
Using entertaining rhyming, 100 Snowman’s illustrations help students count and visualize equations, while also identifying number groupings. Students enjoy watching these joyful snowmen as they have snowball fights, go ice skating, and build forts all while sporting unique snowy winter looks.
This precious story takes you inside the minds of family living inside the snow globe, and it honestly will keep your imagination running wild for days. The baby in the house seems to be the only one paying any attention to the snow globe, and it is a wonderful journey watching these two worlds connect.
A dad and his child glide along the snow through a forest over animals that are burrowed underneath. These calm and peaceful illustrations help children explore the many animals that live safe and warm below the snow through the winter. Students not only love the illustrations of the sleeping animals, but also knowing that these animals could be in their own backyard during the winter.
None of the adults think that the few snowflakes that are falling will amount to anything. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when snowflakes start to fall down on the city, they are also the only ones who do their best to truly enjoy it. This beautifully illustrated Caldecott Award winner will quickly become a classroom favorite!
A snowy day, a trip to Grandma’s, time spent cooking with one another, and taking time to stop and explore the world around you come together in this perfect book for winter reading. This beautifully illustrated book is full of mindfulness, empathy, multigenerational experiences and multicultural connections.
This is a sweet little rhyming story about a family taking time to slow down and enjoy each other’s company when a huge snowstorm hits their town. It’s a great discussion starter about the importance of togetherness and appreciating the little things in life.
Have you ever met a snowman that gets too cold? Sneezy does things like drink hot chocolate or sit in a hot tub to try to keep warm. Unfortunately, these toasty activities make Sneezy melt every time! Luckily he has friends that rebuild him and give him clothes to keep warm.
Two mice, Clayton and Desmond, announce that they are going to build the biggest snowman ever! However, this task proves to be hard to do alone. The Biggest Snowman Ever shows students that when we work together, we can accomplish BIG THINGS.
This silly cold lady will swallow anything including snow, a pipe, coal, and a hat! There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow will have kids laughing at the rhyming words and hilarious pictures and even finishing the recognizable patterns on each page! Can they guess what pops out of this cold lady at the end?
Do we know what snowmen do at night? Students are drawn to this whimsical story explaining what happens to snowmen after we go to sleep. The warm and inviting illustrations depict snowmen drinking “cold” cocoa, playing games, and even ice skating!
When the children build a snowman for their contest, it comes to life and runs away! They create traps to catch this sneaky snowman, but it is just too clever. However, before this snowman leaves for good, the children are left with a big surprise! Kids adore these vivid illustrations in How to Catch a Snowman.
Hope you find some new favorites on this list! If you are looking for some fun winter activities to do with your students you can find some great ideas here!
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