Summaries provided by Barbara Saylor
1. THE SNOWY DAY
By Ezra Jack Keats
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than “The Snowy Day.” Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
The Snowy Day Doily Snow Collage
“A doily, snipped to bits, becomes a snow-storm.” – Elisa Kleven
Find details at: www.brimfulofcuriosities.com
2. NO TWO ALIKE
By Keith Baker
This book follows a pair of red birds on a snowflake-filled journey through a winter landscape, where everything everywhere, from branches and leaves to forests full of trees, is unique.
Exploring things that are not alike.
Find details at: www.teachpreschool.org
3. THE MITTEN
By Jan Brett
Brett creates a dramatic picture book with the story of Nicki, a young boy who has lost a mitten in the snow and the animals who try to make a home of it.
On Brett’s personal website: www.janbrett.com are printables of each character in the story that you can use. They are fun to make into puppets that your children can then use to act out the story.
Find details at: www.blissfullydomestic.com
By Uri Shulevitz
As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything. A Caldecott Honor Book.
How to cut Snowflakes:
5. THE MISSING MITTEN MYSTERY
By Steven Kellogg
Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a busy day playing in the snow. Somehow Annie’s red mitten has disappeared in all the fun. They look high and low. . . . It’s not on the sledding hill, and it’s not by the snow castles. Maybe an eagle carried it off to keep its baby’s head warm. Or maybe a mouse is using it as a sleeping bag. When the sun goes down, Annie and Oscar have to give up their search and go inside. But when Annie looks out the window, something red catches her eye. . . .
Mitten Hand Prints
Find details at: www.blog.landofnod.com
6. THE STORY OF SNOW: THE SCIENCE OF WINTER’S WONDER
By Mark Cassino
How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.
Borax Snowflakes with adult help.
Find details at: www.agirlandaboy.com
By Cynthia Rylant
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical descriptions of the sights and feelings evoked by falling snow blend gorgeously with the rich and beautiful world created by Lauren Stringer’s illustrations, in which a young girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer.
Squirty Snow paint
Find details at: www.growingajeweledrose.com
8. ANIMALS IN WINTER
By Henrietta Bancroft
While watching snow blanket the earth, what child hasn’t wondered how the animals will protect themselves from the harsh weather? This book explains ways animals have of coping with inclement weather.
Animals in Winter
Find details at: www.ourcraftsnthings.com
9. THE BIG SNOW
By Berta Hader
The story of how the animals prepare for the winter and the big snow is told in simple text and beautiful pictures. A Caldecott Medal Book.
Animals in Winter Ornaments
Find details at: www.thecraftycrow.net
10. SNOW SOUNDS
By David A. Johnson
Sweep, crunch, swoosh, scrape . . . All night long, snow falls silently, bringing forth a world blanketed in white–and a very noisy day.
For at dawn’s light, machine, man, and child begin to dig out: first the big highway grader and snowplow, then the smaller town plow, a father’s snow blower, and a boy’s shovel . . . But will the streets get cleared in time?
Spare poetry and elegant watercolor paintings cleverly bring to life this unique story of snow removal and the fun onomatopoeic sounds accompanying it.
Find details at: www.weefolkart.com
Winter Birch Tree Watercolor
11. A PERFECT DAY
By Carin Berger
Young friends enjoy a day of sledding, snowball fights, and ice skating one snowy day in their hillside village.
Shivery Snow Paint
Find details at: www.growingajeweledrose.com
12. RED SLED
By Lita Judge
At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child’s red sled.
Find details at: www.brimfulcuriosities.com
Popsicle Stick Sled Craft
13. SNOWFLAKES FALL
By Patricia Maclachlan
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan and acclaimed illustrator Kellogg pay tribute to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, site of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with this illustrated poem in which falling snowflakes celebrate the uniqueness of life, its precious, simple moments, and the strength of memory.
Handprint snowflake craft
FInd details at: healthymamainfo.com
14. SNOWMEN AT NIGHT
By Caralyn Buehner
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you’ve wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner’s witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner’s roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as “Fanny’s Dream,” “Snowmen at Night” is fabulous, frosty, and fun!
Snowglobe Snowman Craft
Find details at: www.notimeforflashcards.com
15. DREAM SNOW
By Eric Carle
In this musical and sound effects book, a farmer awakens from a Christmas Eve dream about a snowstorm, and discovers that it has really snowed. Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, and puts gifts and music under the Christmas tree for his animals.
Paint snowflakes onto transparencies to go over snowmen.
Find details at: www.artolazzi.blogspot.com
By Lois Ehlert
Children are sure to love poring over Lois Ehlert’s bold, funny illustrations and identifying the common (and not so common) objects she uses to decorate her snowy family.
Make a Snowman Dinner
Find details at: www.notwiddletwaddle.com
17. TRACKS IN THE SNOW
By Wong Herbert Yee
An excursion into a winter wonderland that leads to many discoveries in the snow is described with cozy winter illustrations and playful verse that encourages reader participation.
Find details at: www.outdoors.org