Here in Vancouver, the winter season brings mostly rain. So when the snow does fall, as it did this morning, there is great excitement at school. These are the opportunities to “cash in” on the winter excitement by reading and writing about SNOW!
Here are my top 10 books (some old, some new) to inspire snow writing, snow art and lots of snow connections.
1. Snow – Sam Usher
Delightful addition to your winter collection with an added bonus of grandfather-grandson relationship, toys that come to life and an unexpected ending.
2. Perfect Snow – Barbara Reid
This is the BEST connection book about a snowfall in a school yard and two boys’ plan to build a snow fort at recess. Amazing signature Plasticine artwork by Barbara Reid.
3. Snow – Cynthia Rylant
I use this book to inspire writing and as an anchor to teach similes and personification. It is filled with gorgeous language, gorgeous illustrations and I love Cynthia Rylant.
4. Over and Under the Snow – Kate Messner
Amazing link to science and winter habitats, this book looks at life under and over the frozen ground. Great inspiration for an art lesson too!
5. Stella, Queen of the Snow – Marie Louise Gay
Oh, how I love Stella books! Sam asks questions about the snow; Stella gives delightful answers.
6. The Snow Angel – Angela Mcallister
A snow angel comes to life. Lovely story with a little excitement and mystery.
7. The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
No list of snow books would be complete without this classic tale.
8. A Perfect Day – Carin Berger
A charming, delicate, happy book. The illustrations are detailed and precious. Lots of connections and a great inspiration for art.
9. Once Upon a Northern Night – Jean E. Pendziwol
Gentle, lyrical poem about the wonder and beauty of a northern winter night. Soft snow, twinkling stars, frost etched on a window pane. Gorgeous.
10. Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost
One of my favorite winter read-alouds. Calm. Peaceful. Perfect for visualizing.
10. The Snow Speaks – Nancy White Carlstrom
Gorgeous poetic language describes the magic of a first snowfall. This is one of my favorite anchors for descriptive writing.
So there you have it! (Yes, I cheated again! There are actually 11 books listed! )
What’s your favorite snow or winter book to share?