Wintery Picture Books
Winter has never been one of my favorite seasons. Being a Minnesotan all my life, you think I would be used to our 50-below-zero temps and occasional snowstorms in March. Not so much! But when I read this particular poem by Robert Frost (as well as reading some snowy picture books), it makes me look on the bright side of things and cherish the first dusting of snow:
Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued
Check out these frosty titles and enjoy the magnificence of winter!
Red Sled by Lita Judge. 2011.
This mostly wordless story begins with a child putting away a red sled for the evening. A nearby bear, who has been waiting patiently, takes the sled for a ride. No sled ride could be complete without picking up a few four-legged friends to join in the fun, right? Hills and bumps are no object for this sledding adventure as it goes Gadung gadung gadung gadung on its course! Children will enjoy the well-chosen sound effects as well as the exuberant animal sledders. A great pick that will have kids wanting to go back again and again to view the wondrous illustrations.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. 2011.
While a young girl and her father ski across the fields of packed snow, she discovers that there is more to winter than she originally thought. She witnesses a red squirrel disappear into the snow and asks her father where it went. He tells her that “under the snow is a whole secret kingdom, where the smallest forest animals stay safe and warm.” Join this young girl on a journey into an extraordinary world just hiding under your feet. Also, don’t forget to read the author’s note to learn more about the magical kingdom under the snow!
It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons. 2011.
With its blocked text and bright illustrations, this fascinating introduction to snow will be sure to interest children. It’s Snowing begins by explaining how ice crystals form and blend together within clouds to make snowflakes. Then Gibbons analyzes the different ways snow can fall, such as flurries and sleet. Winter activities, snow clean-up, and collecting snowflakes are also briefly featured. Fun facts—such as the biggest snowflake being 15 inches wide—are included as well. This very accessible title can be used with beginning readers as well as younger children.
More chilly titles to check out:
Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby. Illustrated by Carmen Segovia. 2011.
Grandma Drove the Snowplow by Katie Clark. Illustrated by Amy Huntington. 2010.
Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara. 2009.
Kitten’s Winter by Eugenie Fernandes. 2011.
Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid. 2011.
Peter and the Winter Sleepers by Rick De Haas. 2011.
Quiet Bunny and Noisy Puppy by Lisa Mccue. 2011.
Snow by Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer. 2008.
Snow Day! by Lester L. Laminack. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson. 2007.
Snow Puppy by Marcus Pfister. 2011.
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na. 2011.
Who Lives in the Snow? by Jennifer Jones. Illustrated by Consie Powell.