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Looking for a list of the best kids books about snow?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to snow. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about snow.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about snow, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Nancy Drew 29: Mystery at the Ski Jump to popular sellers like The Snowy Day to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Long Winter.

We hope this list of kids books about snow can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Top 10 Books About Snow

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Snowmen at Christmas
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Snowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark . . . but have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? Well, now’s your chance to find out! The snowmen are back, and this time they’re celebrating Christmas—the snowman way! This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle. Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect for a snowy evening read-aloud.
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The Long Winter
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.
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How to Build a Snow Bear
Written by Eric Pinder & illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thomas wants to build the biggest and best snowman ever. Since he can't do it alone, he'll need a helping hand—or a paw. But little bears love to hibernate. How do you wake up a snoozing bear? By tickling it? Singing to it? Maybe making its favorite snack? How to Build a Snow Bear is a story about two siblings sharing a wondrous wintry day.
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Pigloo
Written by Anne Marie Pace & illustrated by Lorna Hussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo's plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the top of a hill, he sets off on his expedition—with a little unexpected help. This sweet, expressively illustrated story shows that sometimes the greatest adventures are the ones that happen in your own backyard.
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The Snowman Shuffle
Written by Christianne C. Jones & illustrated by Emma Randall
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Spin like a snowflake, swoosh like the wind, and shuffle like a snowman in this interactive board book. The rhyming text and fun instruction will delight both adults and children and chase away any winter blues!
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Snowmen at Halloween
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. 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 when we're not watching? After an early snowfall, a few kids build some snowmen before going trick-or-treating. And when the kids go off to bed, the snowmen have their own Halloween festival! There's candy and apple-bobbing and costume contests and all sorts of autumn activities. When the kids wake up the next morning, the snowmen are gone... but they've left a very special message behind.
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If Picasso Painted a Snowman
Written by Amy Newbold & illustrated by Greg Newbold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-11
-If someone asked you to paint a snowman, you would probably start with three white circles stacked one upon another. Then you would add black dots for eyes, an orange triangle for a nose, and a black dotted smile. But if Picasso painted a snowman....-
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Bunny Slopes
Written & illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. Is there any obstacle Bunny can't conquer? Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda's innovative bookmaking as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope—and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.
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Rocket Shoes
Written by Sharon Skinner & illustrated by Ward Jenkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Jose dreams of flying. So he buys some rocket shoes and jets into the atmosphere. But all those spins, kicks, and airborne tricks cause such a ruckus that the mayor bans the shoes. Then, during a terrible snowstorm, Jose hears a cry: his neighbor's in danger--and he can only help her if he flies. Will Jose dare to break the rules and save the day?
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Baking Day at Grandma's
Written by Anika Denise & illustrated by Christopher Denise
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
"Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can't wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma's! In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir-with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing-to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they're shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents."
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Books About Snow and Snowmen

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The Snowman Shuffle
Written by Christianne C. Jones & illustrated by Emma Randall
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Spin like a snowflake, swoosh like the wind, and shuffle like a snowman in this interactive board book. The rhyming text and fun instruction will delight both adults and children and chase away any winter blues!
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Snowmen at Halloween
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. 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 when we're not watching? After an early snowfall, a few kids build some snowmen before going trick-or-treating. And when the kids go off to bed, the snowmen have their own Halloween festival! There's candy and apple-bobbing and costume contests and all sorts of autumn activities. When the kids wake up the next morning, the snowmen are gone... but they've left a very special message behind.
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If Picasso Painted a Snowman
Written by Amy Newbold & illustrated by Greg Newbold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-11
-If someone asked you to paint a snowman, you would probably start with three white circles stacked one upon another. Then you would add black dots for eyes, an orange triangle for a nose, and a black dotted smile. But if Picasso painted a snowman....-
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Snowmen All Year book
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Snowman's Magic Hat book
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Making A Friend book
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Snowmen at Work book
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  1. Snowmen All Year - By popular demand, a board book edition of the third title in this bestselling series The Buehners’ New York Times bestselling snowmen are here to stay! Children wonder what would happen if their favorite frosty friends didn’t melt with springtime. What would it be like to take a snowman to the beach? What costume would a snowman wear if you took him trick-or-treating? In this dazzling, silly book, the weather brings a year’s worth of surprise and laughter.

  2. Snowman's Magic Hat - Everyone loves winter, when snow drifts this way and that, Now can you pull a snowman out of this magic hat? This shaped novelty book is a magical lift-the-flap adventure full of wacky wintery spells! Little ones will love lifting the flaps after saying each magic word to see if the spell worked. From a handful of carrots, to buttons, to three pieces of coal, the magic trick goes on until… Blizzard, lizard, wizard, whoa…we meet a person made of snow!

  3. Making A Friend - Beaver is good at making just about everything…but not friends. One winter day, Beaver sees some snowflakes in the sky and gets a great idea: he’ll make a friend. Yes! A snowman will be a great friend! Raccoon passes by as Beaver sets to work and offers a helping hand. The two work side by side to give their snowman everything a friend needs. But when the snowman proves to be a little cold, Beaver discovers that he may have unknowingly “made” another buddy instead. Perfect for snuggling together for a read-aloud, this sweet snowy friendship story from Tammi Sauer and Alison Friend will warm the hearts of young readers.

  4. Snowmen at Work - If you were a snowman, what job would you choose? Ten years ago, on the publication of Snowmen at Night, we discovered the secret lives of snowmen. While we humans sleep, the snowmen go sledding, play baseball, and drink cocoa. But now it’s revealed that snowmen don’t just play all night–they have jobs to do, just like the parents of human kids. Dentists replace missing coal from snowman smiles while pet store owners help pair snowkids with their very own snowpuppy or snowfish to love. The pizza man delivers frozen pizza, and factory workers make the coolest toys in town. This fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Snowmen series is a gleeful, goofy delight. Kids will love spotting the silly details in each illustration, and the hidden pictures too. (They can look on the back side of the book jacket for a key to all that’s concealed within.)

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Books About Snow and Holidays

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Snowmen at Christmas
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Snowmen at Night shared with us the magical, slip-sliding adventures of snowmen after dark . . . but have you ever wondered what snowmen do for Christmas? Well, now’s your chance to find out! The snowmen are back, and this time they’re celebrating Christmas—the snowman way! This snappy and entertaining companion to the New York Times bestseller Snowmen at Night depicts all the best parts of the holiday, replete with icy treats and a snowman Kris Kringle. Told in the same bouncy verse as the original, Snowmen at Christmas is perfect for a snowy evening read-aloud.
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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Written & illustrated by Emma Randall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
With art so stunning it glistens like freshly fallen snow, this cozy Christmas tale is an essential treasure for anyone celebrating the holiday season! Bursting with gorgeous illustrations that accompany the lyrics to this classic carol, the festive artwork and jolly characters capture all the merriment of the popular Yuletide tune. Randall’s style feels charmingly classic while also strikingly contemporary, making this particular partidge in a pear tree the perfect one for the modern reader. The joyful pictures and beloved song are sure to make this a recurring holiday favorite.
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It's Time to Build a Snowman!
Written by Courtney Acampora & illustrated by Lizzy Doyle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
A perfect read for the holiday season! One winter day, two penguins decide to make their very own snowman friend! It’s Time to Build a Snowman is a small, adorable book with uniquely shaped pages that create a special layered effect. After enjoying the sweet story, kids can add it to the Christmas tree as an ornament!
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The Last Christmas Tree book
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Peter Powers and the Sinister Snowman Showdown book
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Dream Snow book
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April Fool, Phyllis! book
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  1. The Last Christmas Tree - Among the grand balsam firs and pines at the Christmas tree lot is a little hunched tree that is missing several branches. Still, no tree is more filled with the spirit of Christmas. As the weeks go by, many others are selected but still the little tree keeps up its hope of finding the perfect family. On Christmas Eve, now the last tree in the lot, a special visitor (Ho, Ho, Ho!) might just give the little tree what it wants most of all.

  2. Peter Powers and the Sinister Snowman Showdown - Everyone in Peter Powers’s family has super awesome superpowers—except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and freeze stuff. But it’s his favorite time of year, so who cares?! There’s nothing like the holidays to put people in a good mood! But after Mr. Powers vanishes without a trace, other things in Boulder City start to disappear too. Now, it’s up to Peter and his best friends, Chloe and Sandro, to search out who has a sinister heart of ice. Can the trio face the army of snowmen alone, or will the holidays be ruined for everyone? This title is the fifth chapter book in a new series of exciting stories about a young boy who has some rather crummy superpowers. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence

  3. Dream Snow - It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket. But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

  4. April Fool, Phyllis! - It might be April Fools’ Day, but Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that winter isn’t over yet. Her infallible instincts tell her that a blizzard is brewing. Too bad no one will believe her. Luckily Phyllis uses a combination of common sense and uncommon abilities to lead the April Fools’ Day treasure hunters back to safety when the storm comes on quickly. Once again Phyllis gets the last laugh in this buoyant holiday tale.

Books About Snow and Family

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The Long Winter
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.
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Baby Penguins Everywhere!
Written & illustrated by Melissa Guion
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins? One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on! At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s family time that’s best of all. Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones. And perfect for toddlers who will smile over all the little penguins and the silliness that ensues.
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Herbie's Big Adventure
Written & illustrated by Jennie Poh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Herbie is a little hedgehog who is perfectly happy at home with his mother. But one day Mommy tells Herbie that it's time to go exploring―all by himself! Herbie is so not sure, but ready or not, a westerly wind sweeps Herbie into the wide world...and Herbie's Big Adventure begins! Little Herbie finds that he's braver than he thinks and even makes a friend before coming safely back home to Mommy.
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Snow Kisses book
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Jingle Bells, Homework Smells book
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Little Wolf's Song book
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  1. Snow Kisses - From the bestselling creator of The Biggest Kiss comes a delightful board book filled with snow and snuggles! Snow is falling! Winter is here! Let’s all give a snowflake cheer! This sweet story that’s filled with darling animals and irresistible text that begs to be read aloud is the perfect way to celebrate the wonders of winter while cuddled up with your little ones.

  2. Jingle Bells, Homework Smells -

    No time for homework!

    When Mrs. Byrd gives the class homework for the weekend, Gilbert just can’t seem to find the time to do it. That’s because it’s almost Christmas, and Gilbert has other important things to do, like decorating Christmas cookies, ice skating with his friends, and helping his family find the perfect Christmas tree. What will Gilbert do when Monday morning comes? The joyous holiday feeling around Gilbert’s house comes alive in this funny, festive story that’s perfect for anyone who’s ever put off a chore.

  3. Little Wolf's Song - Even though Little Wolf’s mom, dad, sister, and brothers all have their own special song, he can only manage a poor, pitiful squeak. His siblings tease him: -A wolf who can’t howl is no wolf at all!- But one snowy day, Little Wolf finds himself lost in the woods—and underneath the full moon, he discovers his own beautiful voice. This magical, heartwarming story will enchant children.

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Books About Snow and Bears

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Baking Day at Grandma's
Written by Anika Denise & illustrated by Christopher Denise
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
"Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can't wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma's! In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir-with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing-to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they're shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents."
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How to Build a Snow Bear
Written by Eric Pinder & illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thomas wants to build the biggest and best snowman ever. Since he can't do it alone, he'll need a helping hand—or a paw. But little bears love to hibernate. How do you wake up a snoozing bear? By tickling it? Singing to it? Maybe making its favorite snack? How to Build a Snow Bear is a story about two siblings sharing a wondrous wintry day.
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Dot in the Snow
Written by Corrinne Averiss & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
As Miki the polar bear romps in the snow, he spots a bright red dot far off in the distance. It turns out to be . . . a little girl with a twinkly face and gurgling laugh! Now Miki has someone to play with. Together the brand-new friends toss snowballs, have icy adventures, and eventually find their way home to snuggle with their mothers. Wonderfully sweet and spare illustrations capture a wintertime friendship in this warm picture book.
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Just So Willow book
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Tiny Prancer book
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Bears in the Snow book
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Bear and Wolf book
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  1. Just So Willow - The delightful story of a finicky polar bear who learns that having friends and fun is more important than things being “just so.” Willow is a polar bear who likes things just so. She even irons her underwear and tidies her teacher! So when a storm covers her backyard in a smooth blanket of snow, she’s determined to keep it that way—in spite of all the other kids creating a lumpy, bumpy mess. Will Willow realize that being particular is making her miss out on all the fun?

  2. Tiny Prancer - The seventh book in a funny chapter book series filled with full-color illustrations and adorable animals! It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the Grumpy Woods—the Great Hibernation! Mayor Quill, Humphrey Hedgehog, and the rest of the animals are looking forward to some much-needed rest, but the Super Happy Party Bears want to add more YAY to the holiday—by delivering homemade presents! When the critters of the Grumpy Woods wish for a heavy snowfall to avoid the bears’ cheer, they end up getting completely snowed in at the Grumpy Bog. In the spirit of the season, the bears enlist Dawn Fawn to pull a sleigh full of fa-la-la-la cheer to rescue their neighbors and save the holiday! Read all the Super Happy Party Bears adventures: Super Happy Party Bears: Gnawing Around Super Happy Party Bears: Knock Knock on Wood Super Happy Party Bears: Staying a Hive Super Happy Party Bears: Going Nuts Super Happy Party Bears: Bat to the Bone Super Happy Party Bears: The Jitterbug Super Happy Party Bears: Cruising for a Snoozing An Imprint Book Praise for Super Happy Party Bears: Knock Knock on Wood: “The pure delight of the story will easily draw youngsters in and probably turn a few grumpy frowns upside down.” ?The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)

  3. Bears in the Snow - Shrieks of joy ensue when Big Brown Bear devises a clever sled that can carry four bears in this quintessential winter adventure. Here’s a bright red sled On a snowy day. Where are the bears To come out and play? The little bears are ready to play in the snow. But — oh, no! Their sled is too small! It’s not as much fun to go sledding only two at a time, but what can they use to carry them all? Luckily, Big Brown Bear has an idea — and it starts with a belly flop!

  4. Bear and Wolf - Bear and Wolf become unlikely companions one winter’s evening when they discover each other out walking in the falling snow. They’re young and curious, slipping easily into friendship as they amble along together, seeing new details in the snowy forest. Together they spy an owl overhead, look deep into the frozen face of the lake, and contemplate the fish sleeping below the surface. Then it’s time to say goodbye: for Bear to go home and hibernate with the family and for Wolf to run with the pack. Daniel Salmieri’s debut as author/illustrator is a beautifully rendered story of friendship and the subtle rhythm of life when we are open to the world and to each other.

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Books About Snow and Sports And Recreation

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Bunny Slopes
Written & illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. Is there any obstacle Bunny can't conquer? Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda's innovative bookmaking as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope—and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.
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Rocket Shoes
Written by Sharon Skinner & illustrated by Ward Jenkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Jose dreams of flying. So he buys some rocket shoes and jets into the atmosphere. But all those spins, kicks, and airborne tricks cause such a ruckus that the mayor bans the shoes. Then, during a terrible snowstorm, Jose hears a cry: his neighbor's in danger--and he can only help her if he flies. Will Jose dare to break the rules and save the day?
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First Snow
Written by Nancy Viau & illustrated by Talitha Shipman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Snowflakes falling! What a treat! Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day. With rhyming text and cheerful illustrations, this is a charming celebration of the winter season.
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The Itsy Bitsy Snowman book
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The Meltdown book
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Snow Place Like Home book
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Croc & Turtle: Snow Fun! book
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  1. The Itsy Bitsy Snowman - A fun and playful seasonal twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes this favorite nursery rhyme perfect for wintertime! The itsy bitsy snowman went sledding into town, looking at the snowflakes softly falling down. Out came his friends to lend a happy hand. And everything was perfect in his winter wonderland. Little ones will love this fresh winter spin on a classic nursery rhyme, as one little snowman sleds through a winter wonderland.

  2. The Meltdown - When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

  3. Snow Place Like Home - There’s snow place like home in this seventeenth Galaxy Zack adventure! The Nelsons are ready for a galactic winter vacation on a great new planet! And Zack’s best friend, Drake, is coming too! From solar-snowboarding, hydro-freeze fishing, supreme snowball fights, and epic ice forts, the boys can’t wait to dive into the winter games. But at the resort, Zack realizes there are a bunch of hurdles he wasn’t prepared for. Will Zack find a way to beat out the winter blues before it’s time to snow home? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  4. Croc & Turtle: Snow Fun! - Croc & Turtle may be different, but they’re the best of friends! This adorable winter-themed story will warm your heart, and is perfect for fans of Penguin and Pinecone. Croc and Turtle are best friends! It’s a wintry day, so Croc and Turtle are ready for snow fun! But Croc likes outside activities and Turtle likes inside activities. What happens when best friends have very different ideas of fun? In this new humorous and heartwarming adventure, Croc and Turtle navigate the ups and downs of friendship.

Books About Snow and New Experiences

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Snow Song
Written by A. K. Riley & illustrated by Dawn Lo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
An enchanting story told in rhythmic free verse of a young girl exploring the world on a wintry, snow-filled day.This beautiful picture book uses rhythmic and sensory free verse to tell the story of a young girl exploring the outdoors on a wintry day. Everywhere she goes, the snow fills her with wonder and delight. There are fine pearls of snow, a twirl of snow, a curl of snow. The sky unravels into snow, the pond lathers up with snow, the hills are knitted caps of snow. All she encounters is framed by the snow. It captivates her, swaddles her world, and makes everything snug --- from first light, to the darkness of bedtime. A. K. Riley has crafted an evocative and playful ode to the winter snow that perfectly captures the magic of a winter's day for a child. The verse alternates from slow to fast, deftly playing with pace and sure to keep readers engaged. Dawn Lo's fresh illustrations create a charming visual narrative of snow-filled scenes filled with joy. With a simultaneously classic and contemporary feel, this enchanting read-aloud is perfect for a winter-themed story time, a discussion of poetry, or a classroom unit on the seasons. It also touchingly explores ideas of how communities and friendships are enhanced through shared experiences.
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Samurai Santa
Written & illustrated by Rubin Pingk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A young ninja wants a snowball fight for Christmas, and he just might get his holiday wish in this picture book with graphic novel–inspired illustrations that celebrate the spirit of giving, Samurai style. It’s snowing on Christmas Eve! Yukio loves snowball fights, but none of the other ninjas will play with him for fear of landing on Santa’s naughty list. Can Yukio chase Santa away from Ninja Village, or will a Samurai Santa thwart Yukio’s plan? An epic snowball fight later, one thing’s for sure: this is going to be Yukio’s best Christmas ever.
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Snowboard Sham
Written by Jake Maddox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
When Will Pastora's family arrived at the Sorenson Resort for a family vacation he did not know that there was going to be a snowboarding competition; he enjoys snowboarding, but he is embarrassed to admit that he is only a beginner so he signs up at a higher level--and soon realizes that tackling the more difficult slopes is dangerous and that he needs some help to admit his error in front of his new, more experienced acquaintances.
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Cat Knit book
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Little Owl's Snow book
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Andy & Sandy and the First Snow book
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Into the Snow book
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  1. Cat Knit - Cat and Yarn are the best of friends. They have so much fun playing together, the two are inseparable. Until the day Girl takes Yarn away. When Yarn returns, he is completely changed, no longer Cat’s bright and rolly friend. Cat is mad! Soon, Cat begins to miss his best friend, and he just might realize that a little change isn’t so bad after all.

  2. Little Owl's Snow - Little Owl experiences his first snow and first winter in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day! “Winter’s almost here!” says Little Owl, as he observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend racoon are watching their breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: Snow! Here is the perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Night and Little Owl’s Day, and a wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons!

  3. Andy & Sandy and the First Snow - Andy and Sandy play in the snow in this third book of the easy-to-read picture book series about friendship, from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis. When the first big snow of winter hits, Sandy wants to play outside—but Andy isn’t so sure. After all, snow is very wet and very cold! But Sandy drags Andy along to make a snowman, go sledding, and make snow angels. Will Andy discover that snow can be fun—despite being wet and cold? Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

  4. Into the Snow - Into the Snow is an exuberant story told in the child’s own voice. Celebrating immediacy and exploration, along with the tender bond between mother and child, this is a story that feels good, the way all real things do.

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Sometimes Rain
Written by Meg Fleming & illustrated by Diana Sudyka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Celebrate the four seasons of the year and all of the fun that comes with them with this lyrical, rhyming picture book from the author of I Heart You. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! This lyrical exploration of the four seasons and all of the wonder that they bring is illustrated with vibrant watercolors.
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Over The River and Through The Wood
Written & illustrated by Emma Randall
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh--so hop in, hold tight, and join the journey in this dazzling holiday classic! In this stunning paper-over-board picture book, a blustering wind stings the toes and bites the nose, but hearts are warm and there's lots to eat--for 'tis Thanksgiving Day! Bundle up as you navigate a winter wonderland of sparkling snow-covered trees and adorable woodland creatures in this cherished holiday tale. Coupled with Emma Randall's delightful illustrations, the familiar poem-turned-song is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Just remember to leave room for pumpkin pie!
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Waiting for Snow
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold & illustrated by Renata Liwska
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Recommend Ages: 4-7
Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time.
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Baby Penguins Love Their Mama book
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  1. Baby Penguins Love Their Mama - A mother penguin stays very busy taking care of her many babies and teaching them important lessons about such things as sliding, waddling, preening—and love.

  2. Snowflake Bentley - “Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.” — Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.

  3. Sugar White Snow and Evergreens - Maple-sugaring season is the perfect time to visit a local farm! As a family takes a sleigh ride, they see a bright red cardinal, a snowman with an orange carrot nose, and they learn how tasty amber maple syrup is made. After a morning full of color, they share pancakes and maple syrup in the farmhouse! Felicia Sanzari Chernesky’s cheerful, vibrant verses are accompanied by Susan Swan’s gorgeous collage art.

  4. Winter - Children describe their favorite things t do during the winter, from playing in the snow to indoor activities.

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Books About Snow and Animals

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Samson in the Snow
Written & illustrated by Philip C. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off with the flowers, Samson wonders what it must be like to have a friend. He wonders this for so long, in fact, that he falls asleep and wakes up to a world covered in snow. In the midst of a blizzard, Samson finds and shelters the little red bird and flower-loving mouse in a tender tale of kindness and unexpected friendship.
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Froggy Gets Dressed
Written by Jonathan London & illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.
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Peekaboo! In the Snow!
Written & illustrated by Cocoretto
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Peekaboo! Who's hiding in the snow? Lift the flap to find out! Perfect for guessing, prediction and memory skills - and simply joining in!
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Snowmen at Night book
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  1. Snowmen 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 Nightis fabulous, frosty, and fun!

  2. The Snow Wombat - Snow on the stockman’s hut Snow on the crows Snow on the woollybutt Snow on my NOSE! It’s a big journey through the snow for a little wombat, meeting animals, birds and people along the way . . . but there’s no place like home! A heartwarming story set in the Australian High Country.

  3. The Snow Fairy - No, Billy, don’t play with that! When the little badger loses the Snow Fairy’s crown ahead of Sparkle Ball, it’s up to the Superfairies to save the day. The Capstone Interactive edition comes with simultaneous access for every student in your school and includes read-aloud audio recorded by professional voice-over artists.

  4. Teach Your Giraffe to Ski - When the snow begins to fall and your giraffe takes to the slopes, a rollicking adventure ensues! Your giraffe wants to learn how to ski—but not on the bunny hill. She wants to go down the big scary slope! Enjoy this riotous journey as the narrator tries to rein their giraffe in—and learns something about courage along the way.

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Books About Snow and Siblings

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Pigloo
Written by Anne Marie Pace & illustrated by Lorna Hussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo's plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the top of a hill, he sets off on his expedition—with a little unexpected help. This sweet, expressively illustrated story shows that sometimes the greatest adventures are the ones that happen in your own backyard.
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Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree
Written & illustrated by Lori Nichols
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Lori Nichols’s delightful book celebrates the bond of two nature-loving sisters, and their ability to find fantastic kid-powered solutions to any problem—and it will give allergy sufferers an extra reason to celebrate. Maple and Willow love trees—and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree. It is going to be the best Christmas ever! After a snowy expedition to pick out the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate. But whenever Maple gets near the tree, she starts sniffling and sneezing. Could she really be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree? And if so, how will the girls find a way to make this the best Christmas after all?
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Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (Not)
Written & illustrated by L. Pichon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Between snowstorms, visiting relatives, and chocolate raisins, everything's piling up around Tom Gates in his sixth doodle-packed diary. Tom's hoping to be made a Star Pupil at school, but that means he needs to put more effort into his homework than his doodles. Easier said than done! Meanwhile, his grandparents (the Fossils) are about to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and Uncle Kevin wants to plan something special. Then the cold weather turns to snow and school gets canceled, leaving Tom is snowed in at home with quite the crew, including his especially grumpy sister, Delia; his cousins, and his annoying classmate, Marcus Meldrew. Aren't snow days supposed to be fun?
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Snow Sisters book
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  1. Snow Sisters - When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building. The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently—until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister meets Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow.

  2. One Snowy Day - When millions of snowflakes blanket the town in white, ONE energetic puppy and TWO children set out for some snowy day fun—full of friends, sledding, snowballs, puppy hijinks, and more. The lyrical, rhyming text counts up to ten and back down to one, making this the perfect way to incorporate learning into snow day fun.

  3. Princess Snowbelle and the Snow Games - Return to the enchanting, icy world of Frostovia with Princess Snowbelle in this continuation of a series that combines sparkly magic and the fun girl power of Fancy Nancy. It’s time for the annual Snow Games! Princess Snowbelle and her brothers can’t wait to compete against the neighboring kingdom of Snowland in contests ranging from sled racing to sculpture building—and they especially can’t wait to win the big ice trophy. But when the games don’t go quite as planned, Snowbelle realizes there’s more to competing than winning. With the help of her friends and family—and just a little bit of magic—can she make sure the Snow Games are fun for everyone? Frostovia’s glittering world is the perfect place to meet Princess Snowbelle and experience the magic of friendship and family.

  4. Winter is for Snow - Winter is for sledding, friends, snowmen, penguins! Winter is for snow! In a rambunctious ode to everything winter, two siblings explore a snowy wonderland . . . and end up in the cozy warmth of family. Delve into Robert Neubecker’s expressive and rejuvenating illustrations that celebrate snow and the coziness of friends and family at home. Only Robert Neubecker’s magic touch could make kids love winter this much!

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Books About Snow and Snow Removal

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Supertruck
Written & illustrated by Stephen Savage
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done? Find out in this snowy tale about a little truck with a very big job, the second of Steve Savage's vehicle-based picturebooks.
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Small Walt
Written by Elizabeth Verdick & illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Small Walt is the smallest snow plow in the fleet and he always gets picked last, but when there is a big snowstorm in the city, he will have the chance to prove his worth.
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The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow
Written by Lora Koehler & illustrated by Jake Parker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The plucky little hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Snowplow returns in a story about wishing, waiting, and the magic of a first snowfall. The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?
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Small Walt and Mo the Tow book
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  1. Small Walt and Mo the Tow - Small Walt befriends a tow truck when he comes across a car in need of help in this irresistible companion to Small Walt, which Kirkus Reviews called “charming and endearing” in a starred review. We’re Gus and Walt We plow and we salt We clear the snow so the Cars can go! A bitter blizzard. A snowbound town. When a car skids off the road, Small Walt and Gus might not have what it takes to save the day on their own. But who does? Mo the Tow to the rescue! When we need a tow, We call on Mo… We can depend On our new friend! Text filled with onomatopoeia and Walt’s affirming chants make this story about friendship and accepting help from others a real winner.

  2. Snowy Race - Cozy up with this lyrical wintry journey through a snowstorm. A girl and her father hop in their snowplow—will they make it to the train station in time? And who’s waiting for them? This timeless seasonal classic captures the thrill of snow and the warmth of family. Beautifully written rhyming text that’s just right for one or two readers, by accomplished author April Prince and illustrated with lively, expressive paintings by the beloved illustrator of the New York Times best selling series The Very Fairy Princess, Christine Davenier. This delightful picture book makes for a perfect rhyming read-aloud.

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The Snowy Day
Written & illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
Celebrate a major anniversary of a true classic! In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. The Snowy Day transformed children’s literature with its pioneering portrayal of an African-American child and the charming story and artwork that won it the Caldecott Medal. Fifty years later, Viking proudly celebrates Peter’s adventure in this very special edition. Featuring eight pages of bonus material and a festive cover, this oversized edition of Keats’s beloved book is a must-have.
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White Snow, Bright Snow
Written by Alvin Tresselt & illustrated by Roger Duvoisin and Alvin Tresselt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grownups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on thier tongues.
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The Night Before the Snow Day
Written by Natasha Wing & illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Could it be the night before a Snow Day? It’s nighttime and snow is falling hard. Will the town be snowed in? Will there be a snow day? Odds are looking good in this newest Night Before book for the kids who dream of snowball fights, sledding, and the possibility that it may snow again tomorrow!
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I Wish It Would Snow! book
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  1. I Wish It Would Snow! - Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! A little rabbit’s wish comes true when the world becomes a winter wonderland in this witty, wistful picture book from the author of Extraordinary Warren. Winter has just begun, and one little bunny wants it to snow, hopes it will snow, and wishes it would snow. And, finally, the fluffy flakes begin to fall from the sky. First one flake at a time, then more and more until little bunny finds himself up to his ears in a blizzard and then—whoops!—he rolls downhill in a gigantic snow ball, right through the front door of his treehouse. Home and cozy at last, he wakes up next morning and ready to play outside with his forest friends. Sledding down a snowy hill, his frolicking comes to an abrupt halt when he hits the grass! Oh, no! Now there’s not enough snow!

  2. Hooray for Snow! - Beautiful illustrations bring a winter wonderland to life as three little squirrels try to convince Daddy to come out and play! Three squirrel children are ecstatic that it has snowed, but have a hard time pulling their sled, and an even harder time convincing Papa to come out in the cold and help them. Papa starts out shivering, but soon he is as warm as toast and having as much fun as the children.

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Books About Snow and Winter

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Mice Skating
Written by Annie Silvestro & illustrated by Teagan White
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow crunching under her paws and wearing a fluffy wool hat. But most of all, Lucy loves to skate. The other mice just don’t understand. Can Lucy find a way to make her friends come out and “mice skate” too? A funny, punny, warmhearted love song to winter—and to one brave, bold mouse.
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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Written by Robert Frost & illustrated by Susan Jeffers
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” has been an enduring favorite. For this special edition with a new design, trim size, and three new spreads, Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes. There are more animals to find among the trees, and the kindly figure with his “promises to keep” exudes warmth as he stops to appreciate the quiet delights of winter. The handsome new vellum jacket will attract new and old fans as it evokes a frost-covered windowpane. This celebration of a season makes an ideal holiday gift for a child, a teacher, or a host.
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100 Snowmen
Written by Jen Arena & illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
1 + 1 = 2 snowmen. 3 + 4 = 7 snowmen. 5 + 6 = 11 snowmen. Finally, 100 snowmen! As you count and add, watch the snowmen enjoy a snowball fight, make funny faces, play hide-and-seek— and just plain have fun. And you’ll have fun, too!
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Bad Kitty Does Not Like Snow book
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  1. Bad Kitty Does Not Like Snow - It’s snowing. Kitty has never seen snow. So Kitty looks it up on the computer. Snow is wet. Snow is cold. Snow is slippery. Okay. Bad Kitty can handle this. She’ll just put on her snow gear and try. . .

  2. Snow Babies - This delightful book—now in board—introduces kids to those wide-eyed, furry, and irresistible animal babies that live in the snow. They’re soft, fluffy, cuddly, and cute—and they all love snowy places. Time to meet the snow babies! From roly-poly polar bear cubs happy at play to seal pups snuggling and penguin chicks waddling, there’s nothing more adorable than these baby animals. Toddlers will love Laura Ellen Anderson’s bold pictures.

  3. Peep and Ducky It’s Snowing! - What could be a more perfect toddler adventure? When the snow starts to fall, Peep and Ducky climb into their sleds for a race, landing happily after hitting a bump. Irresistible illustrations and a singsong text that beg to be read aloud.

  4. On My Skis - A sweet and rhythmic story about a child who learns to ski.

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Books About Snow and Imagination

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Wolf in the Snow
Written & illustrated by Matthew Cordell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.
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When It Snows
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
When everything grinds to a halt because of the snow, one small boy and his teddy bear refuse to allow the weather to spoil their fun. They embark on an amazing journey in which they ride a polar bear and meet huge snowmen, an ice queen, fairies, elves, a giant reindeer and Father Christmas. And at the very end of the story, in a wonderfully cosy and festive fireside scene, there's a clever twist - he has simply become immersed in the magical scenes of his favourite book.
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Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow
Written by Jacky Davis & illustrated by David Soman
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
In this hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series, Ladybug Girl and Bingo need to look on the bright side of things to make their snow day adventure as much fun as it should be. Lulu and her dog Bingo wake up to a snow-covered yard and decide to have the best snow day ever. They make penguin tracks and taste the frosting-like snow. But the snow is deep and cold, and when Lulu tries to build a fort or make a snowball, her mittens are too wet and snow falls down the back of her neck. This is not the day she planned. And then Lulu remembers that she is Ladybug Girl and Ladybug Girl can do anything! With another determined look at the snow, Ladybug Girl overcomes her frustration and sees the yard in a whole new light. She and Bingo are now ready to use their imaginations to create their own snow games, snow animals, and snow adventures! For fans of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow honors the magic of the outdoors and creativity!
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What If ... ? Then We ... book
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  1. What If ... ? Then We ... - Two polar bear friends have a thrilling adventure as they imagine solutions to a variety of possible situations; their story will show readers how to create their own tales in response to the question “What if…?” in this ingenious picture book. “What if . . . we got lost far, far, far away, and couldn’t find our way home? Then we would become the bravest explorers in the world.” So begin the adventures of two intrepid polar bears. Traveling on a ship imagined from an iceberg, the bears encounter magnificent sights and scary situations. When a city made of crayons melts, the bears use pencils to create a beautiful gray world. When all the words in the universe disappear, the bears invent their own language. When something really big and really scary happens, they whistle and hold hands until it’s not as big or scary anymore. And when they find their way back home, they’re ready to imagine a thousand more possibilities. This companion title to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book One Day, The End. is ultimately a book about imagination, friendship, and finding possibilities in the smallest moments.

  2. Skippyjon Jones, Snow What - The #1 New York Times bestselling Skippyjon Jones stars in his own playful fairy tale set in a winter snowscape! Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a dog! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy bounces on his big-boy bed and heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. Once inside, he finds himself in a magical snowy forest of make-believe, where the seven Chimichangos challenge him with his most dangerous task yet: to wake up Nieve Que, the frozen princess, by kissing her! Yuck! Will this hero agree to don a prince’s pantelones and save his poochitos? With rhymes, rollicking wordplay, and mucho fairy tale fun, this fuzzy tale is sure to end happily ever after.

  3. The Snowbear - Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snowbear. But then a sledge ridge takes them deep into the woods. How will they get back home again? The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about the magic of snow and the power of a child’s imagination. With a simple text and beautiful illlustrations, it will be read again and again. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and bravery make it a great choice for story time, as a bedtime read or on car trips. Children will love the crisp, wintry setting brought to life by Claire Alexander’s art.

  4. Captain's Log: Snowbound - Excited to give his report on explorer Ernest Shackleton in school, and frustrated by a monstrous snowstorm that has left his family and city snowbound, a boy imagines himself on a voyage where he and his crew (his family) are trapped by the ice, just like his favorite explorer and the ship, Endurance.

Books About Snow and Action And Adventure

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Jack Frost
Written & illustrated by William Joyce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Discover how Jack Frost keeps the hearts of children happy in the third picture book in Academy Award winner William Joyce’s New York Times bestselling and “dazzlingly inventive” (Publishers Weekly) The Guardians of Childhood series. Before Jack Frost was Jack Frost, he was Nightlight, the most trusted and valiant companion of Mim, the Man in the Moon. But when Pitch destroys Mim’s world, he nearly destroys Nightlight too, sending him plunging to Earth where, like Peter Pan, he is destined to remain forever a boy, frozen in time. And while Nightlight has fun sailing icy winds and surfing clouds, he is also lonely without his friend Mim. To keep the cold in his heart from taking over, he spreads it to the landscapes around him and earns a new name: Jack Overland Frost. But a true friend always comes through, and on one particularly bleak night, Mim shines down and shows Jack a group of children in great peril. Through helping them, Jack finds the warmth he’s been yearning for, and realizes bringing joy to others can melt his own chill. It is this realization—that there will always be children who need moments of bravery, who need rosy cheeks, who need to build snowmen, and who are then eager for a spring day—that makes Jack realize why he is a forever boy, and worthy of becoming a Guardian of Childhood.
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Captain Awesome Has the Best Snow Day Ever?
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
"Captain Awesome just woke up, and something is suspicious. His mom's not calling him to come downstairs for breakfast. His school clothes aren't laid out for him. He peeks out the window and gasps. He can barely see anything through the piles and piles of...snow! This can only mean one thing. SNOW DAY! And it's going to be the greatest snow day ever! Or is it?"--
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Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow
Written by Jacqueline Jules & illustrated by Miguel Benitez
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
When a freak spring blizzard buries Starwood Park, Freddie works with Mr. Vaslov to clear the sidewalks using a new invention—Zapato Power snowshoes! But not even the snow can stop a thief from causing trouble in the neighborhood. Can Freddie solve the case, even if it means helping Erika, the Starwood Park bully?
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  1. The Arctic Patrol Mystery - Private investigator Fenton Hardy enlists the aid of his teenage detective sons in a search for a missing man being sought by an insurance company. All leads to the sailor’s whereabouts have petered out and the boys fly to Iceland, the man’s native land, hoping to find a new clue. From the moment Frank and Joe arrive in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, they are in constant danger. In the spine-chilling pursuit that follows, Frank and Joe uncover a diabolical espionage plot that threatens the life of a U.S. astronaut and NASA’S moon project.

  2. Tracks in the Snow - A little girl investigates tracks in the snow, trying to determine what could have made them.

  3. Daniel's Winter Adventure - Join Daniel Tiger and Prince Wednesday on a wintry adventure in this adorable new 8x8 storybook based on a popular episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! It’s a sparkling, snowy day in the neighborhood, and Daniel, Dad, and Prince Wednesday are all going out for some wintertime fun! Daniel can’t wait to try ice skating for the first time! © 2016 The Fred Rogers Company.

  4. The Snow Queen - The story that was the inspiration for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and more recently, Frozen by Disney is re-designed in celebration of 50 years of working with Bernadette Watts—one of Europe’s most recognized and beloved fairy-tale artists, known in Europe simply as Bernadette. When a young boy is cursed and unable to detect goodness, a young girl goes on a courageous journey to restore his heart and free him from the palace of the Snow Queen. Stunning illustrations bring new life to this lasting piece of literature that has thrilled young readers for over a century.

Books About Snow and Science And Nature

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Baby Animals Take a Bath
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold & illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Sometimes bath time means a roll in the mud, and sometimes it’s a plunge in the snow. Little ones learn how baby animals friends clean up.
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I am a Puppy
Written by Ole Risom & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller and Ole Risom
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
The classic board book I am a Puppy is back—fully reillustrated and ready to be embraced by a new generation of children. Join Bruno, an adventurous puppy, as he plays with friends, leaps in the snow, takes a bath, and more! With simple words and adorable illustrations, this is perfect for toddlers.
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Under the Snow
Written by Melissa Stewart & illustrated by Constance R. Bergum
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
A cozy look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a snowy day. When snow falls, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground? Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance R. Bergum's glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and magic that can happen under the snow.
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Winter book
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  1. Winter - Animals in a wintery countryside eventually settle down to sleep, in a text with flaps and pop-up illustrations.

  2. Finding a Dove for Gramps - A boy and his mom continue the family tradition of participating in the annual bird count. Since Gramps went South for the winter, the boy hopes to spot Gramps’s favorite bird for him—a dove! But with so many different birds in the nature preserve, will he be able to spot one? This heart-warming family story about nature celebrates a holiday census that was first started in 1900 and happens every year.

  3. The Snow Day - The best snow day book since Ezra Jack Keats’s THE SNOWY DAY… A young rabbit wakes up to wonderful news: A snow day! School is canceled, and the day that follows is rich with the magic and delight of the falling snow. And yet there is longing too, as the young rabbit and his mother wait for news of his father, grounded on a plane in a faraway city…. The news that his father will be home tomorrow gives the book a peaceful, comforting, and perfect ending.

  4. Winter Is Here - From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall, this picture book about winter celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for the wonders winter brings. Caldecott Medalist and award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s striking text introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the winter season. Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings beautifully capture the joyful wonders of winter. This is an engaging companion to the best-selling When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall. Winter Is Here is an ideal choice for story time, seasonal curriculums, and bedtime reading.

Books About Snow and Seasons

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Pablo in the Snow
Written by Teri Sloat & illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
What is soft, fluffy, and white? Pablo’s wool, of course. But this little lamb soon discovers that there’s something else as well: SNOW! From making trails to sledding with friends, having snowball fights and crafting snowmen, there’s tons of fun to be had in the snow. But winter days grow dark very fast, and Pablo finds himself lost on his way home. Not to worry―Mama and Papa help Pablo get back to the cozy barn so he can talk about his adventures.
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Wonderful Winter
Written & illustrated by Bruce Goldstone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
"A photographic picture book providing a comprehensive overview of facts about winter."--
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A Song for Snow
Written & illustrated by Lita Judge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
A young owl experiences the magic of a first snowfall—the quiet wintery wonder, the pristine beauty, and snowballs!—in this follow-up to the adorable Hoot and Peep It’s Peep’s first winter, and it’s going to snow very, very soon. Peep has so many questions for her older brother Hoot: Does snow drop, polppety splop, like the rain’s song? Does it scrinkle scrattle like falling leaves? But Hoot can’t remember snow very well. The one thing he knows for sure is that it is worth waiting for. But Peep doesn’t have his patience, and as she flies around the gorgeous Paris skies, she tries her best to make up her own snow song. But once those first snowflakes start to fall, Peep realizes just how wise her older brother really is for waiting…and just who she wants to cuddle up to when the snow starts to really sing. With all the wonder and the joy of a first snow day, and perfect for fans of The Quiet Book and Little Owl’s Night, this tender follow-up to Hoot and Peep is certainly worth waiting for, too.
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Ladybug Girl: Ready for Snow book
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  1. Ladybug Girl: Ready for Snow - Getting dressed for a snow day is fun in this board book from the creators of The New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series It’s snowing outside! First Bingo the dog helps Ladybug Girl get dressed in her warm clothes: snowpants, jacket, mittens, ear muffs, boots, wings, antennae, and tutu. Then the friends go out and decide to build a snow animal. What will they make? A snow Bingo, of course! A charming story simply told for the youngest Ladybug Girl fans.

  2. The Luckiest Snowball - “Help! I’m melting!” A boy rescues a snowball again and again in this funny story about a snowball that gets to see all four seasons. A boy makes a snowball and is about to throw it when he hears “Stop! . . . Let’s do something else.” So the boy and the snowball make a snow angel, build a snow fort, and make a snowman instead. The boy decides to take the snowball home. When the snowball starts to melt, the boy rescues it by putting it in the freezer, where the snowball meets some very nice frozen foods and a tray of ice cubes too. The snowball meets flowers and butterflies in spring, sea and sand in summer, and apples and colorful leaves in fall. This is a great read-aloud. Children will enjoy shouting the refrain “Help! I’m melting!” There is back matter about the seasons and the three states of water.

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Books About Snow and Food

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A Very Fuddles Christmas
Written & illustrated by Frans Vischer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Fuddles—the fat, pampered cat—weathers a wintry wonderland in this holiday story of merry misadventures! The way Fuddles, the overly indulged feline, sees the world, it’s better to receive than give! And what better gift for Fuddles than Christmas? One winter day, he wakes up to the smells and sights of the holiday: a juicy turkey dinner, sweet gingerbread, and a tree decorated with shiny, glittering toys—all for him! But when Fuddles tries to climb the tree, his family chases him away. He runs outside to escape, smack into cold and ice and snow! Will Fuddles ever make it back home in time to celebrate the merriest time of the year?
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The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas
Written by Laura Murray & illustrated by Mike Lowery
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
This Gingerbread Man was loose in the school and on the fire truck, and now he’s loose at holiday time! Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a card for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won’t let a little bad weather stop him! “I’ll search on my own, as fast as I can! I’ll dash through this snow. I’m the Gingerbread Man!” With all the flavors of the season and generous dashes of kindness and gratitude, the Gingerbread Man’s newest adventure makes for a perfect read-aloud throughout the holidays.
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Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse
Written by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton & illustrated by Kathryn Mitter
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
Maple syrup season is here! Kelsey and her father begin harvesting sap from sugar maple trees. Family and friends join them to help in the process of turning the sap into maple syrup.
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Gingerbread Christmas book
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  1. Gingerbread Christmas - Jan Brett’s beloved character the Gingerbread Baby returns in a fun-filled Christmas caper! Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling that it is time to run away. Clever Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase to the smartest hiding place ever–a giant Christmas tree.

  2. Merry Christmas, Peanut! - A sweet (or is it salty?) Christmas story with heart, humor, and plenty of punny holiday cheer. Peanut is going over the river and through the woods to his grandmother’s house for Christmas, but getting there is a food-filled adventure for this little nut! First he gets stuck in a traffic jam (make that a traffic jelly), then the bridge is closed so he has to take a (gravy) boat across the river, where he gets lost in a forest of (cookies shaped like) Christmas trees! But while the delays dismay his friends and family, Peanut embraces his role as the Merry Christmas Nut to cheer them up. In this heart-warming and humorous Christmas tale based on the real-life adventures of one peanut — including ice-skating on popsicles and making snow angels in powdered-sugar snow — our food friends know that the true meaning of Christmas is joining with our loved ones to celebrate the joy of being together. From the creator of Peanut Butter & Cupcake, tihs book is perfect for every family who wants to giggle together this holiday season.

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