Well, we’re having a major sick day here, so I better be quick. It’s supposed to get really cold (for us) tomorrow night, and a “wintry mix” is forecasted. Unfortunately for our kids, they happened to be here for the two years in a row that it snowed in Houston. I’ve told them a hundred times that I have lived here for almost 25 years and that was the most snow I’ve ever seen in my life (here), but hope never dies. Even though it’s been crushed every winter after that one time they got to make a snowman… Anyway, they are hopeful for Friday, and I thought I’d get out a few of our favorite books about snow, though I have to go easy on these as they can just stir up discontent.
The Big Snow, by Berta and Elmer Hader
This is an old Caldecott Medal winner with beautiful prose.
These are two gorgeous books in the “Photographic Fantasy” series by Carl R. Sims & Jean Stoick
First Snow in the Woods
and Stranger in the Woods
Redwall: A Winter’s Tale, by Brian Jacques
This is a new one to us. Having enjoyed Redwall so much, we were delighted to discover Mr. Jacques has written two picture books with lovely illustrations of Redwall and all its inhabitants. The Great Redwall Feast is the other one, set in the autumn. These are the only Redwall books without villains, I suspect.
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story, by Neil Waldman
A drop of water throughout the year, starting as a January snowflake.
Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Wilson Bentley figured out how to photograph snowflakes, and much of what we know about snow came from his experiments. This book won the Caldecott Medal in 1999.
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (another Caldecott winner)
The snow classic for little ones. For my older kids, this book just makes them jealous. It’s one thing to look at pictures of animals playing in the snow, but kids–it’s just too much for them!
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
Yet another Caldecott medalist–guess those judges really like watercolors of snow!
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
Another toddler favorite that the big kids can’t help but listen in on.
And last but definitely not least,
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Perfect reading for a dark and snowy night that we are not likely to experience. 🙂
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