Snow

These are some of our favorite books featuring snow.


Nonfiction

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian –A biography of Wilson “Snowflake” Bently who spent much of his life photographing snowflakes, proving no two are the same, and that each one is beautiful in it’s own way. The woodcut illustrations won this book the 1999 Caldecott Medal.

The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino & Jon Nelson, PhD – A nonfiction book that will answer your questions about snow including what snow crystals look like and how snow crystals are formed. Answers are accompanied by photographs, illustrations, and diagrams.

Narrative Nonfiction

Over the Under the Snow by Kate Messner & Christopher Silas Neal – A father and son head out skiing on a snowy day. They see a red squirrel disappear into the snow beginning a conversation about animals above and below the snow.

Winter Walk by Virginina Brimhall Snow – Children go for a walk with their grandmother on a snowy day learning the names of plants and animals along the way in this rhyming text.. The objects they name really stand out against the muted background of this beautiful picture book.


Fiction

Ten Ways to Hear Snow, by Cathy Camper & Kenard Pak, tells the story of a Lebanese girl who heads out in the snow to visit her grandmother so they can cook grape leaves together.  From snow shovels scraping the sidewalk, to the thwack of a snowball, Lina hears sounds she associates with a snowy day in her neighboorhood along the way. Her grandmother adds a few to her sound list once they sit down to enjoy the food they cooked together. This would be a perfect book to read before heading out into the snow with your kids.

Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi and translated by Yuki Kaneko tells the fantastical story of two sisters who head off  to the woods after a snowfall, where they have a magical adventure. This series is so fun, with just the right amount of magic to enjoy with youngsters. The soft, bright illustrations are interesting to look at; we see something new every time we read this book.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – Peter wakes up to find himself in a winter wonderland. He spends the day outside playing and exploring in the snow before heading home for a bath. This story so beautifully captures the excitement of a snowy day.

Snow by Cynthia Rylant & Lauren Stringer – A sweet lyrical book about the feelings snow brings, how each snow is different, and how snow looks. Beautiful illustrations of a young girl, her friend, and her grandmother accompany the text.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz – A simple story of a boy who tries excitedly to tell everyone around him it is starting to snow. No one believes a few snowflakes will amount to anything; however, the boy has faith and is truly delighted when the city becomes enveloped in snow.

Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee – In this simple story, with rhyming text, a young girl wakes up one morning to see tracks in the snow outside her window. She follows the tracks trying to figure out which animal might have made them, only to end up back at her house realizing she made them the day before. There is a repetitive piece to this story my little ones loved.

Some Snow Is… by Ellen Yeomans & Andrea Offermann – This book of 4-line poems begins “Some snow is First Snow. We’ve waited for so long snow. Is it really snow snow, or only heavy rain?” and continues on describing sleet snow, fluff snow, snowball snow and more. The first three lines of each poem end with the word “snow”, making it a little challenging, but quite fun to read aloud. The paintings paired with the text are bright and playful, capturing the essence of everyone’s favorite winter friend.

Blizzard by John Rocco, tells the story of the author’s brave journey to the grocery store during the historic blizzard of 1978 in New England, USA. The illustrations perfectly capture the gravity of the situation and made my girls long for a big snow. I’ve read this book to kids aged 1 – 10 and all have enjoyed it.

Poetry

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost & Susan Jeffers – the iconic poem beautifully illustrated to tell the story of a man’s journey through the woods on a snowy evening.


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