10+ Children's Books About Animals Getting Ready for Winter

Autumn is coming to end and animals are making their preparations for winter. Some animals will hibernate. Some animals will migrate. And, some animals will brumate or estivate. Listed below are 10+ children's books about the ways animals get ready for winter. Fiction and nonfiction books for all ages are included. Keep reading to rediscover some old classics and to find new favorites.

A list of 12 children's books about they ways animals get ready for winter. Learn about animal adaptations, hibernation, and migration.

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1. Over and Under the Snow by Lynn Messner 

🌲 Author's Summary: 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. This beloved nonfiction picture book exploring the subnivean zone reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.

Book Cover: Over and Under the Snow by Lynn Messner

🌲 Author Lynn Messner
🌲 Illustrator: Christopher Silas Neal
🌲 Publisher: Chronicle Books
🌲 Year: 2014
🌲 Pages: 44

2. Winter Lullaby by Dianne White

🌲 Author's Summary: Geese are calling, a chilly wind is blowing, and the sky is turning gray. Winter is on its way. For Mama Bear and Small Bear, that means it’s time to tuck into their den for a long sleep. But Mouse is scurrying by, and Chipmunk is still gathering nuts beside the lake. And look at Hare and Skunk, still romping through the leaves! Why can’t Small Bear stay up, too? To each question, Mama Bear responds with the coziest of answers, finally painting a dreamy picture of the brightening colors and new adventures that will greet Small Bear in the spring. But first comes sleep, in this irresistible invitation to drowsy little cubs everywhere.

Winter Lullaby by Diane White

🌲 Title: Winter Lullaby
🌲 Author: Dianne West
🌲 Illustrator: Ramon Kaulitzki
🌲 Publisher: Candlewick
🌲 Year: 2021
🌲 Pages: 32

3. Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers by Jessica Kulekjian

🌲 Author's Summary: A poetic and informative exploration of the many ways animals face the challenges of winter. When the autumn days grow shorter and the temperatures cool, animals prepare for winter. Some, the hiders, choose a place to rest and wait out the winter, hibernating under the ground or snuggling in a sheltered spot. Other creatures are seekers, migrating to new locations where the weather is milder and the food sources more plentiful. And then there are the finders, who keep warm and fed by adapting to the new conditions. Every animal knows just what to do --- following an ingenious plan that's just right for them! 

Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers by Jessica Kulekjian

🌲 Author: Jessica Kulekjian
🌲 Illustrator: Salini Perera
🌲 Publisher: Kids Can Press
🌲 Year: 2022
🌲 Pages: 32

4. Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss

🌲 Author's Summary: In the frosty, quiet forest, the snow blankets the ground, and the trees have shed their leaves. Where have all the animals gone? Are they asleep too?  In this cozy bedtime story, follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end.

In each cutaway scene, see what the child cannot—that underground below his feet are dens with sleeping creatures, and within the hollow trunks of trees, animals are nesting. After the story, annotated illustrations explain the hibernation facts for each animal and what they will do when they wake up for spring.

Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor and Alex Morss

🌲 Authors: Sean Taylor and Alex Morss
🌲 Illustrator: Cinyee Chiu
🌲 Publisher: Happy Yak
🌲 Year: 2021
🌲 Pages: 32

5. Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder

🌲 Author's Summary: Have you ever seen a butterfly in the snow? Probably not. Butterflies can't survive cold weather, so when winter comes, many butterflies fly to warmer places. They migrate. Woodchucks don't like cold weather either, but they don't migrate; they hibernate. Woodchucks sleep in their dens all winter long. How do these and other animals handle the cold and snow of winter? Read and find out about how animals cope with winter in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book. This is a clear and appealing book for early elementary-age kids, both at home and in the classroom. Introduce kids to basic science ideas as part of discussions about the seasons and animals.

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder

🌲 Title: Animals in Winter
🌲 Authors: Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder
🌲 Illustrator: Helen K. Davie
🌲 Publisher: Harper Collins
🌲 Year: 1999
🌲 Pages: 32

6. Winter Survival by L.R. Hanson

🌲 Author's Summary: Winter is approaching, and the animals are busy preparing to survive the cold weather. The birds are flying south, the squirrels are busy gathering food, and the rabbit's fur is turning white. Why are some animals preparing for winter so differently? Whether to avoid extreme weather, conserve energy, or survive on sparse resources, animals survive in some clever ways!

This vibrant, full-color illustrations and rhyming poetry book will engage early readers and learners to understand animal life and behavior during winter. Many animals, both big and small, have unique behaviors when it comes to migrating, hibernating, or adapting to the harsh winter climate. Some animal behaviors explored in this book include bears, rabbits, deer, squirrels, bugs, foxes, snakes, birds, turtles, frogs, butterflies, whales, mouses, birds, and more. 

Winter Survival by L.R. Hanson

🌲 Author: L.R. Hanson
🌲 Publisher: self-published
🌲 Year: 2021
🌲 Pages: 35

7. Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

🌲 Author's Summary: Snow is coming, and it's time to get ready! The squirrel gathers nuts, the geese soar south, and the snowshoe hare puts on its new white coat. But what should the fox do? Each animal advises the fox that its own plan is best, but the fox thinks otherwise—yet it's not until he meets a golden-eyed friend that he finds the perfect way to celebrate the snowfall. Stunning illustrations by the new talent Richard Jones are the perfect complement to the Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer's lyrical and playful homage to the natural world.

7. Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

🌲 Title: Winter Dance
🌲 Author: Marion Dane Bauer
🌲 Illustrator: Richard Jones
🌲 Publisher: Clarion Books
🌲 Year: 2017
🌲 Pages: 40

8. Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston

🌲 Author's Summary: Day after day, a girl goes to her favorite place in the woods and quietly watches from her tree house as the chipmunks, the doe, and the rabbits prepare for the winter. As the temperature drops, sunset comes earlier and a new season begins. Silently she observes the world around her as it reveals its secrets. It takes time and patience to see the changes as, slowly but surely, winter comes.

Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston

🌲 Title: Winter Is Coming
🌲 Author: Tony Johnston
🌲 Illustrator: Jim LaMarche
🌲 Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books
🌲 Year: 2014
🌲 Pages: 40

9. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

🌲 Author's Summary: As leaves fall from their trees, animals huddle against the cold, and frost creeps across windows, everyone knows―winter is on its way! Join a brother and sister as they explore nature and take a stroll through their twinkling town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the setting sun to curious deer, they say goodbye to autumn and welcome the glorious first snow of winter in Kenar Pak's Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter.

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

🌲 Author: Kenard Pak
🌲 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
🌲 Year: 2017
🌲 Pages: 32

10. Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle

Author's Summary: A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, Sleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating picture of what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring's new growth, summer's heat, and fall's bounty to winter's well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it's time to sleep.

Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle

🌲 Title: Sleep Tight Farm
🌲 Author: Eugenie Doyle
🌲 Illustrator: Becca Stadtlander
🌲 Publisher: Chronicle Books
🌲 Year: 2016
🌲 Pages: 36

11. Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes

🌲 Author's Summary: Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the winter season. Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings beautifully capture the joyful wonders of winter.

Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes

🌲 Title: Winter Is Here
🌲 Author: Kevin Henkes
🌲 Illustrator: Laura Dronzek
🌲 Publisher: Greenwillow Books
🌲 Year: 2020
🌲 Pages: 40

12. The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

Author's Summary: A chill is in the air, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates: Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice! It sounds so amazing that Hedgie decides to stay awake instead of going to his burrow. But then, a snowstorm starts. Luckily, Lisa finds him and brings him to her home, so Hedgie gets to see the wonders of winter from inside the cozy house.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

🌲 Title: The Snowy Nap
🌲 Author: Jan Brett
🌲 Illustrator: Jan Brett
🌲 Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
🌲 Year: 2018
🌲 Pages: 32

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