A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Winter and Snow
When the weather outside is frightful…reading is so delightful! Reading can be snow much fun, and there are lots of new snowy and wintry titles from which to choose. We’ve reviewed several, so why not grab a few and cuddle up for a good read.
New Books about Winter and Snow
The Bear Report by Thyra Heder
As homework, Sophie must compile three facts about polar bears. She isn’t interested in doing the assignment and would rather watch TV. As she settles in, a polar bear appears in her living room and takes her on an Arctic journey to complete her report. Even though this is a fictional story, lots of factual information is woven throughout.
Dear Yeti by James Kwan
Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day. Their journey is chronicled in a series of letters trying to coax the shy creature out of hiding. When they meet a grizzly bear, Yeti appears when they most need him.
First Snow by Peter McCarty
This is the newest picture book from Caldecott Honor winning author-illustrator Peter McCarty. Pedro arrives in the big city to visit his cousins and experiences his first snowfall. The illustrations are done in muted pastel watercolors and ink.
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
A follow-up to the Caldecott Honor book, Flora and the Penguin, Flora takes up figure skating in a chillier climate. This is a wordless picture book with clever flaps throughout.
It Snows by Tamra B. Orr
Part of the Tell Me Why series, this non-fiction book answers children’s questions about winter weather with age appropriate explanations and visually appealing photographs.
The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, illus. by Jake Parker
The littlest snowplow saves the day and becomes a snowstorm hero. This story is reminiscent of both Little Toot and The Little Engine that Could.
Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger
Max and Marla, his pet snow owl, are best friends. After watching a televised luge race, they decide that they too are Olympic material. The watercolor and ink illustrations make use of an icy palette of whites and blues.
Mina’s White Canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee
Mina is looking to brighten her world on a gray and gloomy day. With the help of her imagination and a magic crayon she sets off on a wonderful adventure. This story is quite reminiscent of the classic story, Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Snow by Sam Usher
A little boy grows impatient as Grandfather gets ready to take him to the park on a snowy day.
The Snow Rabbit by Camille Garoche
This stunning picture book evokes unspoken emotion. Two sisters, one wheelchair bound, look through their window at the snowy sky. One goes outside and sculpts a rabbit out of snow, but when she brings it inside, it begins to melt. So they take the rabbit outside and into the forest where magical things begin to happen. The illustrations are 3-D, cut-paper and are meticulously constructed.
Supertruck by Stephen Savage
When a blizzard stops the mighty trucks of the city from working, it’s Supertruck to the rescue. He is a little garbage truck by day who becomes Supertruck at night during a huge snowstorm. The next day all of the other trucks wonder about the identity of the super hero that saved them.
Toys Meets Snow by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky
With Little Girl away on winter vacation, three toys, a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray, and a book-loving rubber ball, head outside to meet and play in the snow. This is another in the Toys Meet adventures.
Winter: A Pop-up Book by David Carter
Simple verse accompanies pop-up spreads and lift-up flaps that reveal the wonders of the season in a rural, snow covered landscape.
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Rick Allen
This beautifully illustrated poetry book contains a dozen poems detailing the natural world. Each double-page spread contains a poem, accompanying artwork, and a scientific note.
Winter: The Coldest Season of All! by Lisa Bell, illus. by Emily Brooks
This lovely song and picture book with rhyming text gives children a look at the chilly changes in winter weather and the winter activities of both people and animals. A music CD is included.
Favorites from the Past
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle, illus. by Barbara Lavallee
Axle Annie by Robin Pulver, illus. by Tedd Arnold
Big Snow by Berta Hader, illus. by Elmer Hader
The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Will Hillenbrand
The First Snowfall by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Harlow Rockwell
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz
Frozen Noses by Jan Carr, illus. by Dorothy Donohue
Geraldine’s Big Snow by Holly Keller
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel, illus. by Nancy Winslow Parker
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
Snowball by Nina Crews
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illus. by Mary Azarian
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illus. by Mark Buehner
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Tom and Pippo in the Snow by Helen Oxenbury
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin R. Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin