Winter books

As winter quickly approaches, and lots of fun out in the snow, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book after all that fresh air. And that goes for kids too! Check out our list below on great winter themed books, in French!

Au revoir l’automne. Bonjour l’hiver… by Kenar Pak 

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.

Saute, Lapin! By Claudia Rueda

Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. This books is as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope—and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.

Assez, c’est assez! By Jory John and Benji Davies 

Blanco is super excited and can’t wait to play in the snow with his best friend, Bruno. Bruno isn’t excited about playing with Blanco, or going out in the snow. As always, he’d rather stay inside, where it’s warm and cozy. But can Bruno resist his persistent friend? If so, who will play in the snow with poor Blanco?! Bruno and Blanco are a pair of pals who prove that best friends come in the most unexpected ways.

Ma journée de neige by Ally Nathaniel

Who doesn’t love a snow day? Gabi and her siblings Adam and Abigail decide to put on their snow gear and play outside in the snow. There is so much to do on a cold winter’s day, from making snow angels to making footprints in the snow, but the siblings finally decide to build a snow-woman. Putting everything together isn’t easy for three children, but when they all work together, their mom says that this snow-woman is the most beautiful one she’s ever seen! Enjoy a snow day with Gabi, Adam, and Abigail as they build their snow-woman and see how they demonstrate importance of family, creativity, and teamwork, all while learning a new language!

Lucy joue au Hockey by Lisa Bowes 

Lucy and her family are skating on an outdoor rink when she sees a game of hockey going on. It looks like fun, but maybe too challenging. Supported by her parents, Lucy enrolls in an introductory hockey clinic, and thanks to an encouraging instructor, she and her friends learn basic hockey skills, have fun on the ice and decide to add hockey to their list of favourite sports! The Lucy Tries Sports series encourages children to get active and participate in sports and recreation.

Jour de Neige by Ezra Jack Keats

Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, Keats’ story of a young boy experiencing the year’s first snowfall has delighted millions of readers. In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. Universal in its appeal, this story beautifully depicts a child”s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. The quiet fun and sweetness of Peter’s small adventures in the deep, deep snow is perfect for reading together on a cozy winter day. 


Le renard sur les traces d’hiver by Anita Loughrey

When Fox wakes up and ventures out of his den, he’s delighted to see he’s surrounded by a winter wonderland. Then he notices the sets of footprints in the sparkling snow, and decides to journey through the forest to find their owners. Will Fox find out who these mysterious tracks belong to, or will the wind get to them first?

Comment capturer un bonhomme de neige by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton 

Catching a snowman isn’t as easy as you might think! You’ll need your scarves, shovels, skis, and snow globes to trap this clever creation with a mind of his own. Be careful, you never know when you might build something larger than life!


Silence c’est L’hiver by  Katy Hudson  

Every year, Tortoise hibernates through winter. He assumes he isn”t missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun?

Touche à tout l’hiver by Scholastic  

This book is great for little hands and it’s a book filled with beautiful images. Toddlers will be able to explore textured areas and learn new vocabulary all about winter. 


Canada sports d’hiver by Per-Henrik Gurth 

Toddlers will spend a day outdoors in the company of these adorable characters. They will discover thirteen winter sports, including skating, sledding, skiing, hockey and snowboarding. This is a perfect book to encourage even the youngest child to be active and enjoy winter! 


La première neige de Petit Hibou by Divya Srinvansan  
Little owl watches the leaves falling, the animals about to hibernate and the cold that pervades its feathers from head to toe. He understands that winter is coming. Then with his friend racoon, the clouds roll in and the snow begins to fall. A wonderful book to introduce the cycle of the seasons! 


Vive le vent d’hiver! By Helaine Beckerc

When Sasquatch upsets Santa’s sleigh, everyone gets the wrong presents. But that doesn’t stop them from having a great time! Join in the merriment and mayhem as a wild (and familiar) cast of Canadian characters take over the Christmas holidays once again. With the same jolly rhymes and infectious energy that made A Porcupine in a Pine Tree an instant classic, this Canadian twist on “Jingle Bells” is the must-have, must-give book for the holidays.


We hope these winter themed books bring you lots of cheer this season, and that they inspire you to go out to play in the snow! Let us know if you have any favourites from this list or if you have any book recommendations to add to this list! Merci et bon hiver!