Children’s books about snow

While winter is well under way and for some of us it is even approaching the end, there are some parts of the country that are getting snow storms this week! I thought it would be a good time to share some of the books we have enjoyed this winter. We definitely do not live in a very snowy part of the country, but this year we did get enough to make a snowman so we are thankful!

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Caldecott Medal). No list of books about snow is complete without this all time classic. We dearly love this book and every time we even get the smallest snowfall my kids go running for this book. I love it when Olivia says “We need to read The Snowy Day!” Yes, yes we do! It is sort of our tradition to read the book with some hot chocolate whenever we get a fresh snowfall, so this book is kind of special. The book is noted for being one of the first children’s books to have a back child as the hero. And that is a wonderful contribution to children’s literature. Thankfully, many more have followed since. Also interesting is that the setting is city, apartment living. Since we live in an apartment that is one more thing we love about this book. Highly recommend buying this book so it is available to read whenever you get a good snow. Also, I did want to mention that the artwork in this is very easily imitated by children so that adds yet another dimension to the greatness of the book.

Katy and the Big Snow. Virginia Lee Burton books are favorites around here. What boy doesn’t love a story about a vehicle? We have read Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel so many times I think Stefan has it memorized. We also really, really love The Little House. And this winter season we have added Katy and the Big Snow to our list. If you live anywhere where snow plows are a needed thing, your kids will love this book. We don’t live where there is much snow, but we have in the past so Stefan enjoyed reading this book.

 

 

Snowmen at Night is another great on we enjoy. The entire snowmen series is beautifully illustrated. We enjoy reading it, but more than that, we enjoy finding the cleverly hidden things in the pictures on each page. A beautiful seek and find book that you can look at over and over and still forget where the hidden things are.

 

 

 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Most everyone will know this poem, but this edition beautifully illustrated by Jeffers will bring the poem to life. It just makes you want to walk out into some deep woods covered in snow. This is a great way to introduce the poem to your children. Thank you, Suzanne, for recommending this one to me.

 

 

 

 

Owl Moon (Caldecott Medal) This book is written almost like a poem. A sweet story of a boy and his father going out late one night into the woods to go owling. We all really loved the story, and the pictures are beautiful. In one illustration the owl looked like it was staring us in the eyes. You feel like you are out there in the woods with them trying to get an owl to come out of  hiding. The quietness of the evening listening for owls, the gentleness of a shared father-son experience, and the expansiveness of the breadth of the owls wings make this book charming.

 

 

 

Snow Sounds: An Onomatopoeic Story This is nearly a wordless book. I say nearly because the only words in it are onomatopoeic words. Think slush, swish, crackle, beep (the snow plow!), etc. It’s well done and Stefan loves it! Probably because he can read it himself and it is one where you can just enjoy the sounds of words and hear exactly what is taking place in the story even though you only have pictures and those sounds to go by.

 

 

 

The Hat  and The Mitten. No list of winter books is complete without Jan Brett. We absolutely love her books. Her detailed illustrations are ones we never tire of. Eventually these will probably make it into our books we own, but for now we enjoy getting them out of the library for the winter months. The stories take place in Scandinavia (The Hat) and Ukraine (The Mitten). The animals, the beautiful illustrations, and the sweet folk tale stories are favorites around here.

 

 

I know there are many more snow books, but these are ones we have thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of months. We read them over and over. In our home these are as much a part of winter as the cold and snow are.

What are your favorite snow or winter themed books?

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Comments

  1. Andrea Cavanaugh says:

    I love Owl Moon — I still remember the description of the clearing as being like the milk in a cereal bowl! :-)

  2. Jan Brett books are so cute!

    I like children’s books. I always enjoyed browsing through the children’s section at the library. My kiddos do their own browsing now and are growing up too quickly. Our days of bringing home a pile of Franklin books are lingering in the years behind us. I love the memories!

    We don’t need books about snow right now because our Kansas farm is quite covered in snow. :-) But I enjoyed your list all the same!

  3. The kids’ favorite was Snow by P.D. Eastman, on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Snow-P-D-Eastman/dp/0394800273 It’s a fabulous and simple book, somewhat like Dr. Seuss books, and full of fun AND snow!

    • We love several other P.D. Eastman books but we don’t have Snow so I’ll definitely check it out of the library! Thanks!

  4. Oooo, we’ve been memorizing “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”–what a beautiful wrap-up that would be! Hope our library has it! And we recently got into a discussion about onomatopoeia with a David McCord poem in Take Sky, so I’m sure my girls will love Snow Sounds too!

    • I hope you all enjoy.
      And I hadn’t heard of Take Sky but went immediately to see if our library had it–they don’t. :( Is that a good book of poems I should consider getting?

      • Oh, we love David McCord’s poetry! I was introduced to him through Take Sky years ago by Joy McC, well, G now! We have two volumes, Far and Few and Take Sky, that I found used back then. I looked around online just now–I had no idea how unavailable his books are–so if you see them used, I’d say, snatch them up!!

        My older girls enjoy him, though not always understanding the meaning fully. But plenty of the poems are already accessible for them. And my #2 is a poem-girl, so she really loves his verbal twists and turns. He packs a lot into his poetry–for instance, he has a long poem all about different poetic forms. My girls learned tons about poetry and even basic scansion. I can’t remember if he explains the different types of poetic feet, but the girls had to take turns counting the feet in each line, they got into it so much! Did my English teacher heart good! :)

  5. I love these books. My kids are big fans of Katy and the Big Snow. We also have the Robert Frost book at our house. It’s so beautiful! I would add The Snowman by Robert Briggs.

  6. I adore Snowy Day and Snowmen at Night! And you have a couple on this list that are new to me – I’ll have to find copies to read with my kids!

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