5 books to jump-start the fun of snow

Whether you can’t wait for it to start or can’t wait to get away from it fast enough, snow is a constant in the Midwest. The silent, snowy nights and giggling kids flowing down sledding hills the next morning are a reminder of winter fun. Prep your little readers for the excitement of snow – and fill those snow days – this winter with one of these new books. 

Snow Still, by Holly Surplice

Best for ages: 0-3

With beautiful pictures and rhyming text, littlest readers will learn to enjoy snow. A deer chases, slips, hides and sleeps in a delightful board book perfect for babies.

One Snowy Morning, by Kevin Tseng

Best for ages: 3-5

Furry friends in the forest stumble upon a well-made snowman and wonder about its parts. For kids who see the excitement in everything, there’s always a different way to look at a snowman.

The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow, by Lora Koehler

Best for ages: 3-7

A winter on Mighty Mountain with now snow?! How can that be? Little Snowplow, who wished for snow on the first four-leaf clover of spring, finally wakes up one March morning to a surprise. 

A Big Bed for Little Snow, by Grace Lin

Best for ages: 4-8

In the quiet of the morning, Little Snow (with the spirit of a toddler you might recognize) jumps on his bed. With every jump feathers fall out. Some mornings he jumps just a little bit, and other mornings he jumps so big that children around him squeal with joy, in a fable that tells how and why snow falls in spurts. 

The Shortest Day, by Susan Cooper

Best for ages: 4-8

The 45-year-old poem by the Newberry Medalist is recited on the Winter Solstice yearly across the world. It receives a rejuvenation for a new generation with the illustrations of Carson Ellis. 


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