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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