We’re snowed under right now, what with teaching and writing and, well, snow, so we thought we’d offer up a blizzard of books about the white stuff that falls from our skies. Curl up with a child, a cup of warmth, and enjoy winter in the pages of a book.
The Snow Party by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers and Bernice Myers
A lonely woman who lives with her husband on a Dakota farm wishes for a party. When snow piles up outside, knock after knock at the door brings stranded motorists who make her wish come true. This story, says one source, was “inspired by a 1957 Life Magazine report” — most likely on a blizzard in Kansas.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
In a grey city, snow starts to fall, delighting a boy and his dog despite naysayers including radio and television. “But snowflakes don’t listen to radio, snowflakes don’t watch television. All snowflakes know is snow, snow, and snow.” And they transform the town.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A classic story about a little boy exploring a snowy day in the city, smacking a snow covered tree, making a snowman and snow angels, sliding down a snowy hill, and putting a snowball in his pocket to save. Sad that night when the snowball has melted, he wakes to new snow and goes out into the snow with a friend.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian
Caldecott-winning book about a man who loved snow more than anything from the time he was a boy, and patiently figures out how to take the first-ever photographs of snowflakes. (Jackie: Sorry for the self-promotion, but Snowflake Bentley was all about snow and would give me trouble if we left him out of this list].
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
In this wordless book, a little girl going home from school in a snowstorm discovers a lost wolf pup and braves the storm to return it to its mother. When she herself is lost and exhausted, the wolves surround her and howl until her parents find her and bring her home safe.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
A girl and her father ski through the woods, where wildlife abounds both above and below the snow.
White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin
A postman, a farmer, a policeman (all male — the book was published in 1947) and a “policeman’s wife” go about their daily tasks as snow falls and children exuberantly play in the snow until spring and the sun return.
Katie and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Katie, a big tractor who bulldozes in summer and snowplows in winter, is the only plow big enough to dig out the city of Geopolis following a huge snowstorm with blowing winds. The maps add to the fun of this story.
The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader
A 1949 Caldecott medal winner, The Big Snow tells about the woodland animals as they prepare for the winter blowing down on them. Lots of text by today’s standards. Gorgeous illustrations.
Small Walt by Elizabeth Verdick and Marc Rosenthal
Walt is the smallest snowplow in the fleet, the last one picked by the drivers. “I’ll drive him,” says Gus as the snow starts to fall. As the snowstorm turns into a blizzard, Walt plows and plows, even up to the top of the high, high hill and down the other side. Even Big Buck the biggest plow says Walt did a good job.
Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky
A stuffed buffalo, a plush stingray, and a rubber ball venture out into the first snowfall, build a snowman (with Plastic, the rubber ball, for a head), make snow angels, sled down a hill, and ponder what snowflakes are and what a sunset is before they go in at the end of the day.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
In this magical wordless book a little boy builds a snowman who comes alive at night and takes him on an adventure.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
Two children greet the late autumn — the leaves, birds, deer, flowers, sun, clouds, stars, trees, all of whom greet them back and say how they are getting ready for winter. Then, as snow falls, the children greet the icicles, snowflakes — and winter itself.
The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi
A little girl sets out through a snowy wood following her father to give him the pie he forgot to take along to her grandma’s and finds herself at a tea party of welcoming animals instead. Her red wool hat adds bright splashes of color and echoes (at least to us) Little Red Riding Hood but with more celebratory results in this strange and wondrous story.
First Snow by Bomi Park
In this spare and beautiful book a little girl is awakened by pit pit pit, the sound of snow, and goes out in the night in her boots, coat, (red) scarf, and mittens. Accompanied by her little dog she rolls and rolls a snowball into a magical world of many children all building snow people . When she returns home, we see the snow person she built back in her own yard, wearing the bright red scarf.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr
Another Caldecott winner, a little girl and her father go owling in the woods on a winter night. This realistic story has a magical feeling. And why not? There is after all, something wondrous about snow.
Hope you all are able to enjoy snow, even if it’s just reading about it, this winter.