Wouldn’t you love to curl up in a warm place and sleep the winter away?
Kids are fascinated by the fact that there are animals that do just that. Actually, animals have different ways of dealing with the winter weather.
Some animals adapt to their surroundings by turning white so they blend in to the snow. Others hibernate the winter away. Still others migrate to warmer parts of the world.
Fill your book basket with these books this winter, and learn how animals survive the long, cold winter months.
Books About Hibernation and Migration
Books About Winter Animals
Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints by Millicent E. Selsam teaches young readers how to track animals by finding footprints and other clues.
All About Animals in Winter by Martha E. H. Rustad celebrates the winter season with beautiful images of animals in winter. Some animals’ fur turns white, and some animals hibernate. Winter is here!
The Animals’ Winter Sleep by Lynda Graham-Barber is a beautiful non-fiction book full of detailed color pencil illustrations. This book describes how 13 North American animal species—such as black bear, ermine, pileated woodpecker, porcupine, river otter, and ruffed grouse—survive harsh winter snows snug inside their dens, nests, burrows, and lodges.
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre sheds sparkly new light on the wonders of snow. From the beauty of snow blanketing the forest and falling on animals’ fur and feathers to the fascinating winter water cycle, this nonfiction picture book celebrates snowfall and the amazing science behind it.
What Do Critters Do in the Winter? by Julie Lundgren helps little ones examine how animals hibernate, use camouflage, and migrate to survive winter conditions.
In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George follows Cammy and William as they trek the the snow. As they explore, they see signs of life and wonder “who’s been here?”
Who Lives in the Snow? by Jennifer Berry Jones introduces young readers to the unseen life in the world of winter. On the surface, the snow looks quiet and serene. But beneath its white expanse, unsociable shrews go hunting, voles tunnel to the surface, and chipmunks awaken to nibble on seeds.
Not a Buzz to Be Found by Linda Glaser answers the question “What do insects do in winter?” Simple text presents a variety of ways that insects or their offspring survive the winter.
When It Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator is a great read-aloud picture book. What if it starts to snow. What do you do? Where do you go?” So begins this winter story, as each animal–from a mouse to a bear–tells us what it will do and where it will go when the snow starts to fall. Each takes cover in its own special home, except for one. Can you guess who?
Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft explores how animals cope with winter’s worst weather.
Books About Hibernation
A Bed for the Winter by Karen Wallace explores the harrowing story of a little dormouse and his frantic search for a safe place to hibernate.
Animals Hibernating by Pamela Hickman shows kids which animals hibernate and why, the difference between true hibernators and deep sleepers, where animals hibernate, what happens while they hibernate, and much more.
Hibernation by Tori Kosara helps young readers learn all about animals and what they do during the winter!
Hibernation by Margaret Hall contains simple text and photographs introduce hibernation and how some animals prepare for and experience hibernation each year.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson shares Bear’s story. One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests — all of them having a party without him!
Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows is a rhyming text for young readers that introduces them to animals who sleep through the winter. The creatures on the train are preparing to snuggle into sleep, although with a passenger list that includes chipmunks, bears, snakes, hedgehogs, groundhogs, frogs, turtles, mice, bats, and more, there’s a lot of noise! Will the hibernating critters ever get to sleep?
Don’t Wake Up the Bear! by Marjorie Dennis Murray is the perfect winter bedtime story for preschoolers! It’s a cold, snowy night, and a big, soft bear sleeps soundly in his cave. A small hare wanders by, and since his ears are so cold, he snuggles up in the bear’s cozy den. Before long, a fox comes along with the same idea. “You may come in,” says the hare, “but don’t wake up the bear!” As the night wears on, the nest of sleeping animals expands until a mouse with a cold curls up right in the bear’s ear―and wakes him up with a loud sneeze!
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming presents a warm-hearted story about animals of the forest settling down for their winter nap. But, like children who must go to bed for the night, they each find a way to put it off just a little bit longer.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner 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.
Why Do Animals Hibernate? by Michael Ulinski is full of real images of bears. In this book, young readers learn about which animals hibernate, how they prepare, and what happens when they sleep.
Books About Migration
Birds in Winter by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst teaches young readers how birds migrate or adapt to survive the winter months. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage early readers as they discover how birds handle the chilly weather conditions.
How Do Birds Find Their Way? by Roma Gans explains the mystery behind the question “Why don’t birds get lost?” Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. Arctic terns fly more than 10,000 miles from the South Pole to northern Maine. Tiny little hummingbirds fly nonstop over the ocean for 500 miles. How do they know which way to fly? Why don’t they get lost?
Migration by Robin Nelson explains to young readers the migration of a variety of animals.
Goose’s Story by Cari Best shares the story of one special goose. Every spring, the geese touch down on the pond in a honking, flapping celebration. But this year, one of them is different. As it stands on one leg–shunned by the other geese, unable to search for food, to swim, or even to fly away–a young girl wonders: how can a goose with one foot survive?
Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration by Marianne Berkes features ten different animal species that migrate. For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion, sometimes over long distances, often skipping meals. Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations. Why do they do it? How do they succeed?
Honk! Honk! A Story of Migration by Mick Manning is the story of the migration of the wild goose north to its summer breeding grounds. It’s a magical journey, seen through the eyes of a young girl.
The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration by Madeleine Dunphy vividly describes one of the most remarkable feats in the animal kingdom. Beginning in Alaska and ending two months later in Argentina, the peregrine falcon’s annual migration is an 8,000-mile flight across the Americas.
Amazing Animal Journeys by Laura Marsh introduces young readers to the treacherous trek of the zebra, walrus, and Christmas Island red crab to overcome obstacles that include hungry cheetahs, stinging yellow crazy ants, and even their fellow species to make the often impossible journey of their lives.
The Journey: Stories of Migration by Cynthia Rylant follows the migratory journeys of some magnificent creatures: locusts, gray whales, American silver eels, monarch butterflies, caribou, and terns.
On the Move: Mass Migration by Scotti Cohn explains that not all migrations are tied to seasonal food changes some are tied to life cycles. Certain birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and even insects migrate during spring, summer, fall, or winter.
I know how difficult it can be to stand in the library and scroll through an online list searching for a book you’d like to check out. So, I’ve created a list of all 30 of the books featured in this post! Print it out, and take it to the library with you. It’ll be so much easier for you.