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.
A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Winter and Snow
Bear is Awake! An Alphabet Story by Hannah E. Harrison
Bear wakes up in the middle of winter and goes on an adventure through the alphabet with the young girl he befriends. A very clever and humorous story.
Biscuit’s Snow Day Race by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Pat Schories
Biscuit, the little yellow puppy, plays in the sledding race in this new easy reader.
The Boy and the Bear by Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Sarah Massini
A boy and a bear become good friends but when winter comes and the bear disappears to hibernate, the boy spends a long winter missing his friend. The illustrations add a charming touch to this sweet, gentle story.
Croc & Turtle Snow Fun! by Mike Wohnoutka
Croc wants to play outside, but Turtle wants to stay inside where it’s warm. How will these two friends settle this dilemma? The illustrations should elicit some giggles for sure!
A Day for Skating by Sarah Sullivan, illus. by Madeline Valentine
Short, rhyming text and watercolor illustrations depict the story of activity on a frozen pond.
A Day So Gray by Marie Lamba, illus. by Alea Marley
In this picture book a young girl, through the help of a friend, learns to appreciate the beauty that surrounds her, even though the wintry day seems dull and gray. A sweet story about winter and friendship!
Deep Snow by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko
While snowmobiling, Ali lands in some very deep snow. Will her family be able to rescue her? This is one of Munsch’s stories that has been adapted for younger readers in board book format.
A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson
A fox finds a radio while digging for food in the snow. He and the other forest animals enjoy listening to the music. When the radio quits working the animals discover the natural sounds of the forest.
Little Mole’s Wish by Sang-Keun Kim
Little Mole, who doesn’t have any friends, molds a Snow Bear out of snow, but when the bear melts, he doesn’t understand what has happened. The colored pencil and pastel artwork captures the serenity of the story.
The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow by Lora Koehler, illus. by Jake Parker
In this sequel to The Little Snowplow, the little plow longs for some wintry weather.
Penny and Her Sled by Kevin Henkes
This easy reader is the newest Penny story by award-winning author/illustrator Henkes. Penny gets creative as she patiently waits for snow.
Roly Poly by Mem Fox, illus. by Jane Dyer
Roly Poly the polar bear isn’t excited about his new baby brother. But when the baby becomes stranded on an ice floe, Roly Poly comes to his rescue, fully embracing his role as big brother. The illustrator created the bears by needle felting wool and then photographing them in the various scenes. It’s interesting to note that in one of the scenes the book on the nightstand is Time for Bed, a book created by Fox and Dyer in 1993.
Snow Much Fun! By Nancy Siscoe, illus. by Sabina Gibson
Three animal friends enjoy a variety of winter activities from sledding to baking cookies. The illustrations are unique in that they feature animals and tiny props made from fabric and photographed in miniature scenes of both outdoor and indoor settings.
Snowy Farm by Calvin Shaw, illus. by Oamul Lu
Set in a desolate frozen land, this is the story of a family who finds pleasure in the simple ways of family life.
Some Snow is … by Ellen Yeomans, illus. by Andrea Offermann
From fluffy snow to tracking snow to snowball packing snow, this story celebrates all the different kinds of snow. The rhyming text and watercolor illustrations express the excitement of the season.
Taking a Walk: Winter in the City by Sue Tarsky, illus. by Claire Lordon
This cumulative story invites the reader to find and count a variety of objects as they appear during a walk in the city.
The Twelve Days of Winter: A School Counting Book by Deborah Lee Rose, illus. by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
This is a wintry twist on the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” A teacher introduces her students to a new winter activity each day. In the end, the classroom is turned into a winter wonderland!
When the Snow is Deeper than My Boots are Tall by Jean Reidy, illus. by Joey Chou
This celebration of a first snowfall is so much fun. Brightly colored illustrations accompany the rhyming text which just begs to be read aloud!
Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek
This is a board book edition of the same title issued last year and featured in our blog at that time. The text and illustrations are lovely as they celebrate the sights, sounds, and even the smells of the season. And in this new format, the story is accessible for young children.
Wintercake by Lynne Rae Perkins
Thomas, a furry, brown creature of the forest, misplaces his basket of dried fruits that he needs to make his seasonal cake for Winter’s Eve. Friends, both old and new, come together to save the day. The theme of friendship makes this a warm-hearted winter read.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Master of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”