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I love snow. I love to watch it fall from the sky. I love to go sledding in it, and ice skating, make snow angels and snowmen. And once I'm done playing out in the snow, there's nothing I like better than wrapping up in a warm blanket, with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book!
Even though it's been many years since any of my kiddos have sat on my lap to listen to me read a story, I still enjoy reading and looking through picture books. Here are a few that I found at our library recently and wanted to share with you:
No Two Alike,
written and illustrated by Keith Baker, 2011
Two little birds explore the winter wonderland all around them and discover that, though many things are similar to each other, each one is unique. I love the gently rhyming text and Baker's creative scenes on every page, like the bird skiing on pine needles in the picture shown above.
written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda, 2009
Winter has come. It is time for mother bear and her little one to go to sleep until spring. But little bear wants to stay up and play in the snow. This is a cute story, perfect for reading at bedtime when your own little cub doesn't want to go to bed!
written and illustrated by Lita Judge, 2011
This delightful story about woodland creatures who find a sled is told through Judge's illustrations and a bit of onomatopoeia.
When Winter Comes,
written by Nancy Van Laan
and illustrated by Susan Gaber, 2000
This engaging book uses rhyme and repetition to tell about what happens to animals and plants when winter comes.
Diamond in the Snow,
written by Jonathan Emmett
and illustrated by Vanessa Cabban, 2006
Mole has never seen snow before. When he finds something smooth and sparkly sticking out of the snow, he thinks it must be a diamond. However, the diamond keeps changing shape in his hands -- maybe it's magic? This charming story shows just how magical wintertime can be.
written by Bruno Hachler
and illustrated by Friederike Rave, 2008
It hasn't snowed in years. In fact, Anna has never even seen snow -- except for in her dreams. But then she spies a little white horse in the bakery window, standing on a cake that looks like snow. Maybe, if she just wishes hard enough...
Winter is for Snow,
written and illustrated by Robert Neubecker, 2013
A little girl is not fond of the cold and the snow, but her brother sets out to convince her that there are many wonderful things about winter. I know some people who are like the little girl in this story, who are always trying to wish winter away and skip ahead to summertime. I'd love to send them all copies of this book! :)
You Make Me Smile,
written and illustrated by Layn Marlow, 2013
It is a very special day for a little girl and her snowman! This is a sweet, magical story about friendship.
This Place in the Snow,
written and illustrated by Rebecca Bond, 2004
The morning after a big snowfall, the plow comes through and makes a mountain of snow. The children work together to make their own splendid place in the snow. I especially liked Bond's poetic text. Plus, this fun book reminds me of my son Ben and the other boys on our cul-de-sac. The plow always piles the snow up at the edge of our yard -- the kids love to build forts there, with sledding paths and more.
written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, 1998
The whole city is gray. Then, one snowflake falls to the ground. And another. The grownups say it will just melt away, but one young boy with his dog waits for the snow... and soon the city is white.
For even more wintry picture books, check out this previous post of mine:
Have you read any of the books above? If so, what did you think of them? What are your favorite picture books about winter?