Winter Book Recommendations
~Great to read on snowy days~


Winter Books for Younger Students

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle, Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator)
One small snowflake fluttering down--
That's all you need for a snowman.

Or is it? In these pages, an exuberant crew is summoned to create a snowman of heroic proportions. Starting with the very first flake, Alice Schertle's clever and energetic rhyming text details the steps these little sculptors take to create a chilly chum. Barbara Lavallee's bold and lively illustrations overflow with brisk winter energy. Snow, colorful clothes, and a dash of the miraculous combine to shape a winter experience that is both familiar and fantastic.

Big Snow by Berta Hader, Berta H. Hader (Illustrator)
Here, in many beautiful pictures, the Haders show how winter comes to the woodland as the busy animals make their preparations

Bunny's First Snowflake by Monica Wellington
In this board book filled with vivid colors, an adorable bunny and his forest friends busily prepare for the cold weather to come. Late- fall reds and golds give way to wintry white as a soft blanket of snow covers the forest, settling all but the happy bunny into a quiet, cozy sleep.

Caillou Makes a Snowman by Roger Harvey, CINAR Animation (Illustrator), Adapted by Nicole Nadeau
With the help of his friend Sarah, Caillou makes a snowman for the first time.

Clifford's First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell
Not long ago, Clifford the Small Red Puppy experienced his first autumn. Now he leaps into his first winter with fluffy white snow, a sled ride, and exciting winter fun.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle
It's almost Christmas and it hasn't snowed yet. As the farmer naps on his small farm, he dreams of being covered in a gentle blanket of new snow. Then, one by one, he dreams of each of his five animals (aptly named One, Two, Three, Four, and Five) being covered as well. When he awakens, he discovers that real snow--not dream snow--has fallen. And "Oh my! Oh my! I almost forgot," the farmer shouts, and, bundling up, hurries out to his tree (named Tree) with a box and a sack, looking remarkably familiar in his white beard and red suit. After decorating Tree, the farmer shouts "Merry Christmas to all!" and pushes a button for a surprise Yuletide jingle.

First Snow by Arnold Emily McCully, Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
The first snow has fallen. The children go sledding with Grandmother and Grandfather. But at the top of the hill, who will go first? When first published in 1985, Emily McCully brought to life the wordless story of a little mouse who overcame her fears and discovered the thrill of her first sled ride. This tale now features text for the very first time along with new illustrations.

Froggy Gets Dressed (Froggy (Hardcover) by Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz
One morning Froggy wakes up and discovers snow--glorious snow! Of course he immediately wants to frolic outside, but his sleepy mother reminds him that frogs are supposed to sleep all winter. "Wake up when the snow melts," she calls out from her cozy bed. But Froggy insists. So off he goes after putting on his socks--"zoop," his boots--"zup," his hat--"zat," and his scarf--"zwit." As soon as Froggy gets outside his mother calls out to remind him to put on his pants. This, as any child knows, means laboriously pulling off all footwear. "Zwit, zat, zup, zut." Then he forgets his coat and it's more "zut, znap, zum." And then--horror of horrors!--his mother yells out in front of all his animal playmates, "Froggy, your underwear!" (Which of course elicits giggles.) Ultimately, the on- and off-again dressing is too exhausting for Froggy and he winds up right back where he belongs.

Frosty the Snow Man Retold by Annie North Bedford, Corinne Malvern (Illustrator)
Based on the beloved song of the same name, this colorfully illustrated version of Frosty the Snow Man, told by Annie North Bedford, is a sure delight for all ages. Who can resist the tale of children enjoying the fun of building Frosty, when suddenly to their astonishment, he comes alive! The children in the neighborhood have never had a better winter of sledding, ice skating, and building snow houses, until one day, a warm wind blows. What will happen to Frosty?

Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root, Beth Krommes (Illustrator
All through the spring, summer and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall, of course-snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. With a poetic text and distinctive scratchboard illustrations, this book reveals that there is indeed magic and charm in our coldest season. To the woodland and all of its creatures-from round mice curling up and earthworms tunneling down to black bears burrowing and children dreaming of snow angels and sleds-the arrival of winter is, quite simply, a gift.

Here Comes the Snow (Hello Reader!, Level 1) by Angela Shelf Medearis, Maxie Chambliss, Scholastic Books
Two children anxiously await the first snowfall, and then enjoy making snow angels, snowballs, and a snowman before going inside for cocoa. Large print and rhymes will help beginners read independently. The cartoon illustrations provide additional interest and keep the story moving in spite of the minimal text. A suitable seasonal addition where easy readers are in demand

I Am Snow (Hello Reader Science Level 1) by Jean Marzollo, Judith Moffatt
Explains what snow is and what can be done with it. Includes instructions for making a snowflake from paper.

It's Snowing! It's Snowing! by Jack Prelutsky
Seventeen poems about snowballs, ice skates, scarves, snowflakes, and snowmen celebrate a child's delight in snow. "This seasonal romp could shape classroom excitement come the first snow or raise drooping spirits come the inevitable winter blahs."

Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel, Amy Cohr (Editor), Nancy Winslow Parker (Illustrator)
A young girl names all the clothes that she must wear to play in the snow.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle
What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child?
Lots of noise!

Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to be the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page!

Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations. This collaboration, their first since the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (published more than thirty years ago and still a best-seller) shows two masters at their best.
A Redbook Children's Picture Book Award winner

Snip, Snip... Snow! by Nancy Poydar
As Sophie awaits the first snow, she makes her own snowflakes from paper.

Snow (Caldecott Honor Book) by Uri Shulevitz (Illustrator
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. This playful depiction of a snowy day and the transformation of a city is perfectly captured in simple, poetic text and lively watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations.

Snow (Ready-To-Read, Level 1) Marion Dane Bauer, John Wallace (Illustrator)
Everyone loves snow! It's fun to play in and makes wonderful snowmen. But where does snow come from? The answer is at your fingertips. Just open this book and read about the wonders of snow..

Snow by Roy McKie, P. D. Eastman, Philip D. Eastman
"Joyful verse relates the many ways to enjoy snow.

Snow Shapes: A Read-And-Do Book (Hello Reader Level 2) by Judith Moffatt
Minky and his friend Mouse provide instructions for making various paper snowflakes, holiday flowers, and other crafts related to winter.

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Pull on your mittens and head outside for a snowball day. Grab some snow and start rolling. With a few found objects--like buttons and fabric and seeds--and a little imagination, you can create a whole family out of snow. Children will love poring over Lois Ehlertís bold, funny illustrations and identifying the common (and not so common) objects she uses to decorate her snowy family.

Snowflake Bentley (Caldecott Medal Book) by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Mary Azarian (Illustrator)
The inspiring 1999 Caldecott Medal-winning biography of a Vermont farm boy who grew up to become a world-famous expert on the scientific secrets and ephemeral beauty of snowflakes. With great patience (and tolerance for cold fingers) he was one of the first to successfully photograph snowflakes.

Snowie Rolie (Rolie Polie Olie) by William Joyce (Illustrator)
What wonders a snowy day can bring! Rolie Polie Olie, a cute little arthropodish robot, often wishes for snow in his frost-free land. One day his dream comes true--the sun blows a bulb and snow begins to fall. Olie and his sister Zowie decide to build a buddy--named Mr. Snowie!

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny's Dream, Snowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!

The First Snowfall by Anne Rockwell, Harlow Rockwell (Illustrator
Snow falls and falls all through the night. And when morning comes, it's time for fun! Watch the snowplows sweep the streets. Shovel walkways through the snow. Build a snowman! Sled! Ski! There are so many wonderful things to do in this magical snow-covered world!

The Snow Speaks by Nancy White Carlstrom, Jane Dyer (Illustrator)
Captures the sights and sounds of the season's first snowfall, leading up to the coming of Christmas

A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow. A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The experience is one that neither he nor young 'readers' will ever regret or forget."

There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! by Lucille Colandro, Jared Lee (Illustrator)
This time, the old lady is swallowing everything from snow to a pipe, some coal, a hat, and more! With rollicking, rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version will appeal to young readers. And this time, there is a surprise at the end no reader will be able to guess!

Thomas Gets a Snowplow (Thomas and Friends Series) by Richard Courtney (Illustrator), Based On Work by W. Awdry
Winter is coming and Thomas, being a small engine, needs to put on his snowplow. Thomas hates his snowplow; he thinks it makes him look funny, and when he has it on, the other, bigger engines tease him. But Thomas saves the day when a big storm comes up and Toby is stuck on his branch line.

The Tiny Snowflake by Arthur Ginolfi, Louise Reinoehl Max (Illustrator)
In this endearing new book by Art Ginolfi, Lacy, the tiny snowflake, searches for her special purpose in life. Carried through a quiet, wintry night with gentle nudges from the wind, Lacy discovers that God will make us all sparkle, if we only trust His will.

Through the soft words of Art Ginolfi and warm illustrations of Louise Max, The Tiny Snowflake tells a story of hope and reassurance for hearts of all ages
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin R. Tresselt, Roger Duvoisin (Illustrator)
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard

Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian
Snowballs, ice skating,sledding! Frozen toes, icy slush,runny nose. Well, winter's not all fun and games. But well-loved, best-selling poet Douglas Florian will melt your doubts about Mother Nature's chilly grip with twenty-eight winter-inspired poems accompanied by his crisp, trademark watercolor illustrations. Young readers are sure to warm up to the uniquely keen vision of this wholly original volume. Whatever the time of year, Winter Eyes is just right for the season.

Winter Books for Older Students

Extreme Machines on Ice and Snow
by Patricia Armentrout, David Armentrout
Extreme Machines on Ice and Snow Patricia Armentrout, David Armentrout

Hoofprints in the Snow by Joanna Campbell, Karle Dickerson
Lyssa Hynde knows the Wyoming winters are cold, lonely, and dangerous. But she wouldn't give them up for anything. There's nothing she likes better than to gallop her three-day event horse, Blue, through knee-high fresh powder.
One day when she's out for her morning ride, Lyssa follows a trail of mysterious hoofprints that takes her high into the mountains. Climbing a snowdrift, she and Blue set off an avalanche that builds in forces as it heads straight for her ranch.
Will Lyssa make it home in time to warn her family and save the other animals? Will she find the mystery horse that led her astray in the first place?

Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales by Jane Drake, Ann Love, Mark Thurman (Illustrator)
Jane Drake and Ann Love, the acclaimed authors of Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World's Boreal Forest, explore the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous world of snow. They write about snow as a habitat, the significance of snow on the environment, snow's impact on the people and animals who live in it, and snow stories and lore from around the world.
From the science of snow to the magic of a winter wonderland, this book is a comprehensive must-read. Not only is the information presented with clarity and brisk good humor, but with urgency. As the polar ice cap melts, we are becoming aware of its critical impact on all of the earth's living creatures.

Snow Watch: Experiments, Activities and Things to Do with Snow by
Cheryl Archer, Pat Cupples (Illustrator)

Snowman in a Box: Everything You Need to Build Classic and Cool Snow Creations Just Add Snow! Even Works in Sand! Nancy Armstrong, Adam McCauley (Illustrator)
Snowman in a Box has rolled into town just in time to beat your winter blues with snow-stomping fun. This whimsical return to childhood has everything you need to craft your classic snowman, plus ingenious ideas for creative snow projects. Create a rockin' snow Elvis, a briefcase-bearing, cell-phone toting snow executive, and even your own Loch Ness Snow Monster, right in the confines of your own backyard. It's clean, it's fun (yeah, it's a little wet), and it's for everyone.
And once the snow melts and you want to head to the beach, don't despair, we've even included tips for building these masterpieces with sand!
So go ahead, dig in. Climb into your warmest long johns, zip up, and start packing snow. With our kit, your creation is sure to be the most handsomely outfitted (not to mention envied) snowman on the block!

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Last Updated on 09/02/2010