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Snow Days

What do short days, long nights, cold weather, and December holidays mean? Winter is here! With it comes snow — waiting for it, hoping for it, playing in it, and listening for it. Even it doesn't snow where you live, you can enjoy anticipating snow, playing in it, and even seeing its colors in these and other books!
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss


By: Gary Paulsen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The narrator tells of a winter run with a team of dogs. Lush illustrations depict the animals' anticipation and pleasure on the snow-filled night.

Mama, Will It Snow Tonight?

By: Nancy Carlstrom
Illustrated by: Paul Tong
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A lyrical refrain repeats as each of the young asks its mother if it will snow tonight. No, is the answer, until one winter evening a mother answers in the affirmative. Poetic language and soft illustrations depict the changing season.

Red Sings from Treetops

By: Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by: Pamela Zarenski
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Each season of the year has its own special color and feeling. Summer, fall, winter, and spring are presented in rich, lyrical language accompanied by stylized illustrations that evoke something special about each.


By: Uri Schlevitz
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A dreary winter cityscape is transformed by a boy and a snowfall. Luminous watercolors present this magical winter tale, here with a CD read by Sean Schemmel.


By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Lauren Stringer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Snow has a different impact on those who experience it. This lyrical celebration of snow and related activities allows readers to experience it in many ways, from seeing trees anew or getting out cavorting in it told in poetic language and evocative illustrations.

Snow Day!

By: Lester Laminack
Illustrated by: Adam Gustavson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The entire family awaits the huge overnight snowfall predicted, dreaming of what they'll do in it. They find a surprise when wake up, however: no snow! Realistic illustrations heighten the anticipation and make the resolution even more plausible — and understandable!

Snow! Snow! Snow!

By: Lee Harper
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The conditions are just right for sledding after the snow-filled night as the two young pups find out. The lighthearted illustrations and simple text convey the joy of playing out in the snow on a cold, crisp winter day.


By: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An entire snow family — including pets — has been created by textured collage illustrations in this playful celebration of winter. Seasonal facts finish up this engaging glimpse of snow — and may inspire young artists to collect and fashion their own snow images.

Spot's Snowy Day

By: Eric Hill
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

What can be more fun than playing in the snow with mom and dad? Coming home to a warm up with grandma! In his signature style, Hill’s spotted puppy in the snow is sure to surprise and satisfy the youngest child.

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