Here’s a great a list of favorite picture books about snow days. Tomorrow in my co-op class we are going to read a few of these and then create a chronological story about a snow day of our own!
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a classic picture book about a young boy exploring his urban neighborhood in the snow.
- The Snow Day by Komako Sakai is a gentle picture book with a young bunny begging the mother bunny to go play in the snow as they watch the snow falling from the comfort of inside. Mother bunny finally acquiesces!
- In the mostly wordless Snow by Uri Schulevitz, a boy discovers a single snowflake, but none of the other residents believe him. As the snow swirls down in the end, Mother Goose joins the boy as they play in the snow in a magically transformed world.
- Snowballs by Lois Ehlert has clever mixed-media collages to show how one family decorated the snow.
- White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselet tells the story of the postman, a farmer, a policeman, and the children over the course of a winter using paintings and select colors.
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, a tender nature-filled account of a child going owling in the snow with her father.
- In the less well known In the Snow by Hu Voun Lee, a mother writes Chinese characters in the snow, teaching her young son what the characters mean.
- Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is definitely not a favorite of mine but it is a perfect snowy day book, as it emphasizes the difficulties of getting ready to go out in the snow. It’s a funny story about a silly froggy.
- Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is a a nonfiction biography picture book of the world’s number one expert in snow. It is so thorough and fascinating it surely deserves more than these two sentences.
- Finally, Robert Frost’s Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening is a favorite poem of mine, and the picture book illustrated by Susan Jeffers is a beautiful rendition.
Which books am I missing from this list?
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