Winter weather is here in most of the U.S. and you may have to entertain your children during weather emergencies. Prepare your family by having a variety of picture books on hand. After building snowmen and snow forts, the children have burned off some energy and are ready to quiet down. Snuggle up with hot cocoa and some books about snow. Reading together will keep a calmer tone in your home. If you have lost power from a storm, you can still snuggle under the blankets and enjoy uninterrupted time together. These books are appropriate for all children from 2-8 years old and are great for family read alouds. I’ve offered a variety of fiction and non-fiction, classics and newer books. Built some wintery childhood memories with your children!
Millions of Snowflakes
“One little snowflake falls on my nose. It makes me shiver from my head to my toes.” A little girl plays outside on a cold winter day, counting each snowflake as it falls softly to the ground. Bundled in her warmest snowsuit, she savors the snow, tasting each flake as it falls on her tongue, and makes snow angels. Simple rhyming text captures the joy of a winter afternoon while teaching basic counting skills. Exuberant pastel illustrations invite young readers to join the fun.
“It’s snowing, said boy with dog.
“It’s only a snowflake,” said grandfather with beard.
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.
The Snowy Day
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
When Nicki drops his new white mitten in the snow, some curious woodland animals find it and crawl in for warmth. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last.
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
Rhyme follows rhyme as layer after layer of winter clothing (“bunchy and hot, wrinkled a lot, stiff in the knee, and too big for me!”) is first put on and then taken off to the relief of the child bundled inside. Clever rebuses and jaunty illustrations make The Jacket I Wear in the Snow especially fun for prereaders and new readers.
In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?
The woods are cold and desolate as Cammy and William hike through the snow, yet signs of animal life are everywhere. Help them find the clues — a pellet of feathers and bones, a fish head by the brook, a patch of bark rubbed off the trunk of a birch tree, and more — and join in guessing, “Who’s been here?”
Over and Under the Snow
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.
Over and Under the Snow takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow.
In this almost wordless picture book, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, Red Sled will become a wintertime favorite.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder
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. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.
Raymond Briggs’ award-winning, classic story about the friendship between a boy and a snowman is now available in a generously-sized board book. This wordless tale is told entirely in dream-like pictures, making it perfect for young not-quite-yet readers. The Snowman perfectly captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and has enchanted children for over 30 years.