14 Jan Snow!
Snow! Snow! Numerous wonderful books have been written about snow, and PGTPL owns a variety of them. Here are a few favorites.
Picture Books About Snow
Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert is joyfully, beautifully illustrated. In the story, snow falls at night, and the snow people gather in the woods for a party. They set up tables and lights and a band arrives. There’s a feast and dancing, but when snow starts to fall again, the snow people pack up and leave. You would never know there was such a festive scene there.
The rabbit watches all the animals to see what they do in winter—fly or swim someplace warmer, move very slowly, or grow a thick warm coat like the sheep. Then spring comes and everyone celebrates the changing season. Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na has wonderfully stylized drawings of creatures in winter.
In Mimi and Bear In the Snow by Janee Trasler, Mimi and her stuffed animal friend Bear go on outside adventures. They have “tea with the Queen” and roll up a snowman. But when Mimi gets home, Bear isn’t with her. The next day, Mimi goes to look for Bear. The story may seem obvious to adults, but young children can be worried when Bear is missing. It’s fun to go back to look at the pictures a second time to find the moment Bear disappears.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is an oldie-but-goodie that shows the wonder of childhood. Peter goes out into the snow and enjoys his adventures so much he saves a snowball in his pocket.
Non-fiction (Information) Books About Snow
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman tells the story of water, using 12 months to show the changes in a drop of water. What happens to a snowflake when it melts? In February the snowflake melts into a droplet that freezes in a pond. It joins with other droplets in an underground stream in March and so on. A girl even brushes her teeth with it in August! The Snowflake is an interesting and poetic introduction to the water cycle.
Way back in 1865, W.A. Bentley was a boy who loved nature. He grew up to be a farmer, but took seasonal nature pictures throughout his life. Snow was his favorite bit of nature, and he never stopped being fascinated by it. ‘Snowflake’ Bentley, as he became known, photographed individual snowflakes with a camera-microscope to show their beauty and individuality. Jacqueline Briggs Martin has written a delightful biography of an interesting person who followed his lifelong interests—and “Snowflake Bentley’s” original photos are extremely interesting too!
Any staff member can help you find some of the many books about snow, in non-fiction or picture books!