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Adventurous Winter Reads

November 1st, 2015

By Jessie Levesque


Snow Pumpkin by Carole Lexa Schaefer

It’s the first snow day of the year so Lily and Jessie are off to build the season’s first snowman. After they spend the morning making the body they realize they’ve run out of snow for the head. The answer to their problem lies with a smiling jack-o-lantern. Your little ones will love the enchanting pictures and will be begging you to make a snow pumpkin on the first snowfall!


No Two Alike by Keith Baker

The whimsical illustrations in this book take the reader through a snowy forest where we are shown that there is a magical uniqueness in all things. Your child will have a blast pointing out the similarities and differences between each object. This book would also be a great introduction into having your kids make their own snowflakes.


Red Sled by Lita Judge

This nearly wordless picture book features a group of woodland creatures taking a joyride through the forest on a child’s sled. Their adventure is depicted on bright watercolor illustrations while perfect sound effects are littered on every page. Your child will love reading all the funny expressions as the animals bump along in the sled.


Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The wonder and magic of the first snowfall is perfectly captured in this classic picture book. The simple joy that Peter feels while playing in the fresh snow is a feeling the whole family can enjoy. The vivid award winning illustrations and delightful story will make this book a storytime favorite in your house.


Snow by Uri Shulevitz

This award winning, classic picture book follows a little boy who unwaveringly believes that a couple snowflakes will lead to winter even though the rest of the town thinks it’s just a few flakes. The illustrations that transform and come to life with every flake make the story comforting and warm. The infectious confidence of the little boy will have your children rooting for winter’s arrival.


Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright

In this silly story a snowman who isn’t fond of the cold keeps accidentally melting. It takes a group of children to dress him up for the cold after they put him back together again and again. This book is perfect for getting young readers involved by asking them to predict what the children should dress sneezy in next. It is also a great book for a classroom setting to open up a dialogue about dressing for winter.


Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner

Have your children ever had a hard time seeing their snowman melt? In Snowmen All Year a young narrator dreams that his snowy friends get to come with him on adventures year round. From roller coasters to trick or treating, your little ones will love seeing the snowmen out of their element!


Martian MacGregor’s Snowmen by Lisa Brodie Cook

Martin MacGregor is a snowman making genius but the wait for winter is agonizing! He decides that he must figure out a way to build a snowman without using snow. The hilarious illustrations and relatable characters make this book perfect for kids who just can’t wait for winter to come.


If it’s Snowy and You Know it, Clap Your Paws! By Kim Norman

This book features a cute variation on the popular children’s song “If You’re Happy and You Know it”. Woodland animals clap their paws, roll snowballs and even ski in this silly story with warm and cozy illustrations. Your little ones will be singing along to this book all winter!

Jessie Levesque is a Library Technician at Wood Buffalo Regional Library.

Tags: Books, kids

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