In my writing class, we read a few of these snow day books and then create a chronological story about a snow day of our own. The following snow day books helped us get our ideas flowing as we brainstormed and wrote our own snow day stories.
Favorite Snow Day Books
When I was a kid, we'd gather around the radio on a snowy morning, as early as we could. We'd wait as the announcer went down the list of school districts here in Illinois that were closed. Finally, we'd hear it: hooray!
If it were me today, I'd head back to bed. For us children, however, it was the greatest thing ever! Here are some all-time favorite snow day books, probably considered classic by most of us.
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a retelling of a traditional story of animals all crowding in a woven mitten during a cold snowy day. I love how in Jan Brett’s version, she includes pictures of the child’s adventures too, along with the animals’ story.
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton shares one of the author’s characteristic vehicle characters, this time a tractor that pushes a snow plow. It’s great when dear Katy can come to the rescue on a snow day!
Snow Day Books with a Unique Adventure
I never had a truly amazing snow day adventure, but that is a dream for many kids. HEre are some clever and subtle adventure stories for a snow day.
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. It’s a nice glance at just a moment on a snowy day.
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.
Do-It-All Snow Day Books
It is fun to brainstorm the ways various people in the community or family deal with a snow day. Here are some snow day books about a variety of people through out a snowy day.
Books about Snow
Maybe, before you craft your story about a snow day, you wish you could learn a little bit more about snow. Check out these educational non-fiction books for background information.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is a a nonfiction biography picture book about the world’s number one historical expert in snow. It is incredibly thorough and fascinating. The amount of text would suggest it is for older children, but the images would be appreciated by everyone.
Which of your favorite snow day books are missing from this list?