Where we live in Texas, it almost never snows. My kids have learned more about wintry weather from Frozen than from being frozen. And they’ve learned more about snow from Frosty the Snowman than from making snowmen.
They did the best they could. It was pretty slushy.
Liam joined the boys his age in throwing snowballs, and learned a lesson. Getting hit with slushy snowballs on your bare skin (because you’re only wearing shorts and a t-shirt) hurts like heck!
As you can see, they have a lot to learn about snow.
We need to expand our experience beyond TV and movies. We need books!
I’ve searched carefully and found the cream of the crop. These are my favorite 10 books about snow.
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The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler. A little snowplow works hard all year and ends up being a hero in a blizzard.
Blizzard by John Rocco. The true story of the author’s experience as a child in the Blizzard of 1978. The illustrations will help kids in warmer climates understand blizzards.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This classic Caldecott winner shares the wonder and adventure of a first snowfall. It’s told in simple language accessible to toddlers as well as preschoolers.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino. For older kids, this nonfiction book will draw in curious little scientists and leave them with a sense of wonder.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is another Caldecott winner. It’s a biography that pairs perfectly with the previous book.
Kipper’s Snowy Day by Mick Inkpen. A sweet story for Kipper lovers, or future Kipper lovers. Two doggie friends play in the snow.
Snow Day! by Lester L. Laminack. Anticipation builds about the possibility of a snow day.
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Another classic snow plow story, from the author of Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.
Finally, I have two books with the same title: Snow.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz – a Caldecott Honor Book and a magical story of snowfall in the city.
Snow by Cynthia Rylant – Beautifully written, and appealing to all ages.
Whew! 10 children’s books about snow. Which one will be your favorite?
UPDATE: I found a couple more books about snow that I couldn’t resist adding to this list:
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Kenard Pak is a beautiful, layered story you can read over and over. I would share this with preschoolers who can sit for a longer story as well as older children. I think it would even make a fantastic mentor text for teaching elementary students about adding figurative language (particularly onomatopoeias) to their writing.
No Two Alike by Keith Baker is a simple yet captivating rhyming story for toddlers and young preschoolers. Follow two birds through a snowy landscape as you help children identify what is the same and different in each picture. This is also an excellent choice for reading to twins (and I wish I’d had it when my own twins were smaller).
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