It never snows where we live. It was said that it snowed on the valley floor here in the mid-70s, but that’s so long ago that I don’t think it counts.
Living where we do means that my kids have never seen snow before.
It was just before Christmas when my husband and I took our kids to a farm with a snow machine. They got to throw some icy snowballs, but it wasn’t quite the same as being in the middle of a real storm.
There are a lot of great children’s books about snow that you can read to your kids below.
These books about snow are both non-fiction and fiction. I’ve given you a brief description of each book so you can decide which ones to read with your kids.
It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons
This book is a great introduction to snow. It talks about how snowflakes are made, what they look like, where in the world it snows, the different ways that snow lands on the ground, and how people enjoy it. The back of the book has more fun facts about snow. For kids ages 4 to 9, this is a great book to learn about snow.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonderby Mark Cassino with John Nelson
This book tells the story of how snow is made. It starts with a single speck of dirt, ash, salt, or pollen that attracts water vapor, which turns into a snow crystal. The book has pictures of real snow crystals that are so small that you can see them clearly. Snow crystals can come in many different shapes and sizes, like stars, plates and columns. Readers learn about these different types of shapes and sizes. A perfect snow crystal has six-fold symmetry, according to the book. There are, however, a lot of flaws in snow crystals. If you find a snow crystal with one arm that is longer than the rest, it can have a twin, giving it 12 arms instead of six. Snow crystals can also have small bumps that form when water droplets hit them and freeze. Close-up images show all of these “wrong” snow crystals in stunning detail. People of all ages will enjoy this book. It is for people who are 4 and up.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
This is the true story of a man named Wilson Bentley, and it makes you want to do good things for other people too.
In the beginning, Willie Bentley was a child and he loved snow. This love stayed with him for the rest of his life. He made it his goal to try to show people how beautiful snowflakes are. Willie Bentley spent a lot of time and money trying to figure out how to take the first pictures of individual snowflakes. People have learned that snowflakes have six sides because of his work. Finally, Wilson Bentley published a book of his photos, called Snowflakes in Photos. This book tells the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, who was a big fan of skiing. It will encourage other people to follow their dreams with the same passion as Snowflake did. Years 4 to 7.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter wakes up one morning and sees that there has been a lot of snowfall during the night. There is snow on everything as far as the eye can see. As soon as Peter puts on his snowsuit, he runs outside to play in the snow In the snow, Peter walks, and it is cold. His toes point out at first. Once that’s done, he walks with his toes pointing toward the center. They make funny tracks in the snow. He walks slowly, making two lines in the snow. As he drags his arm, he makes three lines in the snow. In the snow, he has a great time. Before going inside, he makes a big snowball and puts it in his pocket for the next day. As soon as the man gets home, he looks in his pocket to find his snowball. It’s not there! Ages three to seven.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
As they look at the gray sky, a snowflake falls. He says, “It’s snowing,” and the sky is white. But his grandfather throws him away. Snowflakes start to fall. He says, “It’s snowing,” and the sky is white. But the man in the hat says that it’s not important. Three snowflakes then fall. It doesn’t look like anyone thinks the snow will start to fall. Even though the little boy doesn’t believe, the snow starts to fall more and more quickly until the whole city is covered in white. Ages three to eight.
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
That’s why this book is all about the days when there’s a lot of snow, because those are great days to make a snowball. Young readers will enjoy looking at the narrator’s “snow family,” which he made with paper “snowballs” and real objects. And when the sun comes out, what happens to the snow family, as well? So long, snowball. Ages two to six
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
There are many types of snow in this book. The snow that comes quietly at night is like a shy friend who is afraid to knock. The snow that comes down in big, cheery flakes, taking you home from wherever you are. Branches of trees are lightly dusted by the snow that falls so quickly. A lot of snow makes cars get buried up to their noses. Every kind of snow makes kids happy. They love to lick it. Their favorite thing is to roll down snowy hills. They love to make snow angels, and they do it all the time. And the snow makes us think about how beautiful our world is. This book has a lot of beautiful pictures that show the magic of snow through the eyes of kids. Ages three to seven.
Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan
This book says that children, like snowflakes, are all unique and special. As a bonus, this book also shows how the seasons come and go. The snowflakes that fall in winter give kids a chance to play in the snow. When they go away in the spring, they fill the streams and help the flowers grow in their place. Ages three to seven.
Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee
When a little girl looks outside her window, there are tracks in the snow. It makes her want to follow them and see where they go. Asked whether they were made by a duck or fox or rabbit. Once in a while, however, the tracks lead her right back to her house. Then she finds out who made the tracks. She did, too, the day before. This book is very simple, sweet, and cute. It will be a hit with both preschoolers and students in the early stages of elementary school. Ages two to six
Snow by Manya Stojic
Owl: “The snow is coming, I know snow.” Wonderful book about snow for kids ages 2 to 5. It doesn’t matter that the text on each page is short and sweet. The book has a strong educational message about the natural events that happen in the winter. The bears, for example, say that it’s time to hibernate. Rabbit tells her bunnies that their brown fur will soon turn white, and the geese fly south in search of warmer weather.
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
This book was written in 1947, and it has a retro feel to it. When a big snowstorm comes through, this book shows how the postman, a farmer, a police officer, and the children all react to the snow. It also shows how the children play in the snow. This book is best for kids who are 4-8 years old.
One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
It’s warm in Percy’s hut, and he’s watching the snow fall before going to sleep. His doorbell rings as he is about to get ready for bed. Squirrel: Percy hears that his bed is full of snow and that he wants to find somewhere warm to sleep. Invite him in: Percy lets him in, and the squirrel goes to bed in his own bed. Just as they’re getting ready to go to sleep, there’s another knock at the door. This time, it’s a pair of rabbits that are shaking. Invite them to his bed as well. But more and more animals keep coming, so the bed is full and no one can sleep well. People and animals hear a noise coming up from the floor boards. In this story, the animals all get scared and run out of bed looking for places to hide in drawers, closets, cupboards, and even Percy’s shoes. When it turns out that it’s just a mole looking for a warm place to sleep, the animals are happy that it’s not a person. There was a good thing, too, because they all settled down in their hiding places so they could all sleep well for the night Years 3-7.
Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals
This simple and adorable book about snow helps kids learn how to count up to five, while also showing them how much fun snow can be. Children ages 2-5 should read this book.
Snow Day! by Barbara Joosse
Young Robby wakes up and sees that there was a lot of snow on the ground during the night. Plow and school bus can’t get through because there is so much snow. Robby is excited because it’s a snow day. Even so, his older sisters aren’t as excited as he is to play in the snow. They start their day by getting up and making breakfast (with powdered sugar to look like snow). So they go outside and play in the snow. Eventually, Robby’s sister sees how much fun he is having and wants to join in on the fun. After that, their dad comes out to shovel the snow. When there is a snow fight, his mom and another sister join in. Finally, the whole family goes inside to drink hot cocoa and relax by the fire. They are all very happy after playing in the snow. Four to seven-year-olds