Even if the snow doesn’t fall over your town this year, you can bring the snow to life with some great snow books for kids. Here are some books about snow that are sure to warm the hearts of your students all winter long.
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Snow by Cynthia Rylant
Cynthia Rylant has captured the magic of it all in this story as a little girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
This classic story follows a small boy named Peter as he experiences the joy of a snowy day.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful.
Snow Day by Lester Laminack
When the television weatherman predicts a big snowfall, the narrator gleefully imagines the fun-filled possibilities of an unscheduled holiday from school. But when the family wakes up the next morning, they are in for a disappointment. No snow! As the family members pile into the car so they won’t be late for school, an unexpected twist reveals who wanted the snow day most of all.
The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor
The little family inside the snow globe wonders when it will snow again. They long for a snowstorm. If only someone in the big family would pick up the snow globe and give it a shake. Baby would love to. She notices the little family, but the snow globe is up on the mantle – too high for her to reach. But then Baby is alone during a snowstorm. Will the snow globe family get a chance to go sledding, too?
You can find several activities to pair with this book here.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
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 other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm. This book takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow.
Winter is for Snow by Robert Neubecker
Siblings often disagree, but how can anyone not love winter? A brother tries to convince his grumpy sister to put down her electronic device and head outside to celebrate the glories of the season.
Snow by Sam Usher
Every child loves a snow day—no school and snowball fights galore! But Sam has to wait for Granddad, even though all the other kids have already gone to the park . . . and all the dogs . . . and all the zoo animals! Only when the two finally arrive does Granddad see why Sam was in such a hurry—and they have the best time playing with everyone in the snow.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
No one thinks one or two snowflakes will amount to anything. Not the man with the hat or the lady with the umbrella. Not even the television or the radio forecasters. But one boy and his dog have faith that the snow will amount to something spectacular, and when flakes start to swirl down on the city, they are also the only ones who know how to truly enjoy it.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.
Blizzard by John Rocco
This story is based on John Rocco’s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island. This book opens with a boy’s excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood’s immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street. In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first.
The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a busy day playing in the snow. Somehow Annie’s red mitten has disappeared in all the fun. They look high and low. . . . It’s not on the sledding hill, and it’s not by the snow castles. Maybe an eagle carried it off to keep its baby’s head warm. Or maybe a mouse is using it as a sleeping bag. When the sun goes down, Annie and Oscar have to give up their search and go inside. But when Annie looks out the window, something red catches her eye. . . .
Brave Irene by William Steig
Mrs. Bobbin, isn’t feeling so well and can’t possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she’s made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that’s brewing– quite an errand for a little girl.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission.
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
When Aloo-ki’s sled dogs float away on an ice floe, she goes looking for them. She comes upon an igloo with no one home and goes inside. In the meantime, Mama, Papa and Baby Bear swim out and rescue Aloo-ki’s dogs. They all go home for breakfast to find a surprise visitor curled up in Baby Bear’s bed for a nap.
You also can’t go wrong with The Snowy Nap and The Mitten, both written by Jan Brett.
The Night Before the Snow Day by Natasha Wing
It’s nighttime and snow is falling hard. Will the town be snowed in? Will there be a snow day? Odds are looking good in this newest Night Before book for the kids who dream of snowball fights, sledding, and the possibility that it may snow again tomorrow!
nonfiction snow books
It’s Snowing by Gail Gibbons
Small, soft flakes fall quietly from above. It’s snowing! People like to sled and ski in it, but what exactly is snow? How does it form? Included in this crystal clear introduction to one of winter’s wonders is information about different types of snowstorms, regions where snow falls, and how to prepare when a snowstorm approaches.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino
How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow.
Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Aillaud
The temperature outside is 20 below zero. Is school cancelled? Nope. How about recess outside? No way! Learn from the kids point of view about what it is like playing during recess when it is really cold.
What are Blizzards? (Wicked Weather) by Mari Schuh
A light winter snow can quickly turn into a blizzard with high winds and whiteout conditions. Temperatures can drop and you don’t want to be stuck out in the cold. Find out how to stay safe during a blizzard and how to be prepared.
Snow (Weather Basics) by Erin Edison
Catch a snowflake on your tongue. Toss a snowball. It’s time to learn about SNOW! Through full-color photos and simple, easy-to-follow text, this nonfiction book introduces emergent readers to the science basics behind this frozen form of precipitation.
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
This book traces the journey of a single drop of water throughout the year and helps illustrate the water cycle.
Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Henrietta Bancroft
Have you ever seen a butterfly in the snow? Probably not. Butterflies can’t survive cold weather, so when winter comes, many butterflies fly to warmer places. They migrate. Woodchucks don’t like cold weather either but they don’t migrate; they hibernate. Woodchucks sleep in their dens all winter long. Read and find out how other animals cope with winter’s worst weather.
Snow is Falling (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Dr. Franklyn M. Branley
Snow is falling. Snow is wonderful – for sledding, for skiing, and for building snowmen. But did you know that snow can actually keep things warm? Find out how snow helps plants, animals, and people to survive. But when a blizzard blows, watch out! The snow that is so useful can be dangerous too.
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What are some of your favorite books about snow? I’d love to check them out!