When I hear snow is coming my first thought is not to gather the shovels or the jackets, but to gather the books! Nothing makes a snowy day (or snow cleanup day) better than getting cozy with your family for a great read-aloud. Plus, making real-life connections to books is an important step in literacy. Here are a few snowy choices to make your big dig better.
Edison, Erin. Snow. Mankato, MN : Capstone Press, c2012.
Simple text and full-color photographs describe snow and how it affects people.
Gibbons, Gail. It’s snowing! 1st ed. New York : Holiday House, c2011.
Introduces snow, discussing how snowflakes are formed, what causes it to snow, where snow occurs around the world, different types of snowstorms, and what to do during a heavy winter storm.
Messner, Kate. Over and under the snow. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2011.
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.
Stewart, Melissa. Under the snow. 1st ed. Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, c2009.
Animals in forests, ponds, and fields survive the winter and the snow by slowing down their metabolisms and resting in such places as burrows, nests, stone fences, at the bottom of ponds, under leaves, or in the mud.
Hader, Berta. The big snow. New York : Scholastic, c1948.
Despite their elaborate preparations for the winter, the animals and birds are delighted by a surprise banquet after a big snow.
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Snowflake Bentley. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998.
A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.
Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968. Katy and the big snow. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1971.
Katy, a beautiful red crawler tractor, saves the city of Geoppolis after it is hit by a terrible winter storm.
Fleming, Denise, 1950-. The first day of winter. 1st ed. New York : Henry Holt, 2005.
A snowman comes alive as the child building it adds pieces during the first ten days of winter.
Howe, James, 1946-. Houndsley and Catina and the quiet time. 1st ed. Cambridge, MA. : Candlewick Press, 2008.
When the first snow of winter falls, Catina worries about all her plans for the day being ruined, so her friend Houndsley tries to help Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the quiet time of a snowy day.
Jenkins, Emily, 1967-. Toys meet snow : being the wintertime adventures of a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray, and a book-loving rubber ball. 1st ed. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015.
While Little Girl is away on winter vacation, her toys, Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic, decide to go outside and learn more about snow.
Keats, Ezra Jack. The snowy day. Harmondsworth : Puffin Books, 1978, c1962.
A small boy discovers that he can throw snowballs, make angels, and slide down hills in the fascinating world of snow.
London, Jonathan, 1947-. Froggy gets dressed. New York : Puffin Books, 1994, c1992.
Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.
McCarty, Peter. First snow. 1st ed. New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, .
When Pedro comes from far away to visit his cousins, who are eager to introduce him to snow, all Pedro can think about at first is how much he dislikes the cold.
Reynolds, Aaron, 1970-. Snowbots. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2010.
Rhyming tale of a fun day young robots spend playing in new-fallen snow.
Shulevitz, Uri, 1935-. Snow. 1st Sunburst ed. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004, c1998.
As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them, and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything.
Peachey, Caroline. The Snow Queen. This pbk. ed. London : Andersen Press, 2009.
After the Snow Queen abducts her friend Kay, Gerda sets out on a perilous and magical journey to find him.