I know that many of you do not experience winter as we do up here in Canada, but I spent the weekend watching the snow come in with a blizzard and then yesterday digging ourselves out! It is very rare for schools and businesses to be shut down here in Saskatoon, but yesterday, things did come to a standstill, as streets were impassible and snowdrifts left people abandoning cars. So it seemed only appropriate to share some snow-related books.
Here are some favourites in no particular order that came to me off the top of my head.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonders by Mark Cassino, illustrated by Jon Nelson: A fabulous introduction to the world of snow and winter answering the many queries children have about snow, complete with photos and tips for collecting snowflakes.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustratedby Mary Azarian: An informational fiction book that shares the life of Wilson Bentley, who as a child loved snowflakes and as a man credited with photographing the first snowflakes.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal: Over the snow, the world may be quiet and still but, underneath there is a whole world busy and active. Gorgeously illustrated and a mentor text for language and organization readers, discover the animals over and under the snow.
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre Lyrical: A picture book in verse with breathing taking photos, allow the reader to enjoy the beauty of all things related to snow and winter with additional scientific information at the back.
All Around Bustletown: Winter by Rotraut Susanne Berner: This wordless book could act as a tribute to Richard Scarry’s books. Beautiful illustrations show what is happening in all areas of Bustletown, whether it be at the skating rink, inside the mall or the town center, we see all the citizens busy going about their days.
My Winter City by James Gladstone, illustrated by Gary Clement: A young boy recounts the events and sensory sights taken in with his father and their dog on a snowy day. Those who experience winter will appreciate the details in this lovely story.
The Mitten by Jan Brett Adapted from a Ukrainian folktale, a young boy loses his mitten, only to have it be used and stretched by various woodland animals to stay warm. Readers will delight in the hints along the borders and the magical ending.
The Snowman by Raymond Biggs A winter classic, this wordless picture book telling the story of a young boy who wakes up, builds a snowman and then comes alive in his dream that night taking him on a countryside adventure.
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner: Part of the Snowmen series, this is a favourite to read with its verse and fun illustrations depicting the fun adventures of what snowmen do at night.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen Late one night, father and a daughter go owling in this quiet picture book with one of my favourite similes about the milk left in your cereal bowl. A story of family, of nature and our connections to both, it is one of my favourites.
Wolf In The Snow by Mattew Cordell A clever play on fairy tales and wolves, this story finds both a young girl and a young wolf pup lost in a snowstorm. First, the young girl helps the wolf pup find his family and then the wolf family helps the young girl. Lots of layers to discuss in this wordless picture book!
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Kenard Pak A book I read over the weekend and paid attention to when I have been outside. A beautiful story about a granddaughter who wakes up to snow and walks to her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother has trouble with her sight, and so Lina listens for ways her grandmother would experience snow.
One that I discovered and want to read is A Hibernation Story by Sean Taylor, Alex Morss and illustrated by Cinyee Chiu. Has anyone read this one?
And yes, I would be remiss if I did not include John Rocco’s Blizzard, that I know and have experienced all too well the last 24 hours. Based on the author’s memory of a blizzard where 53 inches of snow fell, with sparse text and stunning illustrations, anyone who has been through a blizzard or had heavy snowfall will connect and embrace this book.
So there you have it, I survived our blizzard and despite shovelling for a good three hours, the sun was out, kids were having fun and I goto to visit with my neighbours as we helped one another. All in all, a typical winter day on the prairies. 🙂