Just like the picture above of children building the beloved snowman Frosty, children here will soon be able to do the same (with a little help from Mother Nature of course). Yes, it’s that time again…and winter is now officially upon us. So, in honor of the Winter Solstice and in hope of a Winter Wonderland, here our some of our favorite books about snow.
1. Snow by Uri Shulevitz. Every child (and grownup) is sure to relate to the little boy in this story, who, as soon as he spots one tiny flurry exclaims, “It’s snowing!” As everyone else insists it will amount to nothing, the little boy is sure a wonderful snowfall is in the wind. As the little boy finds his hope rewarded, so too is the reader rewarded with this charming story.
2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. When Peter hears the “crunch, crunch, crunch” of the snow as he makes the first footprints, readers will find themselves anticipating their own snowy day. A classic that continues to enthrall readers with the delightful fun of snow.
3. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. A particular favorite of mine, this picture book without words nevertheless tells a magical story. Children and parents alike will be able to “read” this book as they follow a young boy journeying with his new friend through a wintry world.
4. The Mitten by Jan Brett. When Nicki drops his snow-white mitten on the wintry forest floor, one by one, animals of increasing size snuggle into the cozy mitten. As the animals fly out of the mitten in a surprising and fun hurry, Nicki spots his (now much larger) mitten and rushes home to his Baba. A favorite of many, this book definitely deserves a place in your winter traditions.
5. A Perfect Day by Carin Berger uses collage illustrations to depict a perfect winter’s day. From the hush and wonder of venturing out into a world blanketed with snow, to the noisy excitement of rushing down a hill on a sled, A Perfect Day is sure to make even the most determined foe of winter turn into a snow angel.
As the snow (with any luck) begins to fall, I wish you all a safe and fun time as you play in winter’s gift to us all–snow!