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Snow, Snow, Snow!

This booklist is also available in Spanish.

These cozy, snowy stories are perfect for bedtime or for curling up on the couch! From beautiful wordless books about snowmen and polar bears to colorful stories about the magical experience of a character's first snowfall, these stories will provide enjoyment for readers young and old alike.

For related lesson plans and videos, see our resource page on snow and ELLs!

Amadi's Snowman Amadi's Snowman By: Katia Novet Saint-lot Illustrated by: Dimitrea Tokunbo Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

"Amadi, an Igbo boy in sun-drenched Nigeria, sees no point in learning to read, until he sees a picture of a snowman in a book and is curious to find out more. He wants to learn about the far-off country where frozen rain falls from the sky — a world so different from his own — and the chance to read about it fills him with joy. Children will enjoy reading about Amadi's life in the village, depicted in the earth-toned, intimate scenes. It's a nice reversal that young children will be able to grasp — what looks exotic and faraway to one person is a place where someone else lives." — Booklist

Breadcrumbs Breadcrumbs By: Anne Ursu Age Level: 9-12 Reading Level: Independent Reader

Hazel is having trouble fitting in to her new school, although based on her experience of having been adopted, she is no stranger to feeling like an outsider. The only tolerable thing about school is that her best friend and next-door neighbor, Jack, is there with her each day. Then Jack disappears into an enchanted forest with a winter witch, and Hazel realizes that only she alone can rescue her friend. As she sets out on her treacherous journey, she soon discovers that the hard part may not be finding Jack — it may be convincing him to come home.

Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems Iguanas in the Snow and Other Winter Poems By: Francisco Alarcón Illustrated by: Maya Christina Gonzalez Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Francisco X. Alarcón describes in this book many of his winter experiences growing up in the city of San Francisco, California. He has taken many of his childhood experiences to create fun, creative poems.

In the Snow In the Snow By: Huy Voun Lee Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Xiao Ming and his mother are spending a winter day in the forest, and the snow is the perfect place to draw characters for words such as "tree" and "sparkling." Xiao Ming's mother helps him see the picture within each character — a trick sure to appeal to readers new to the Chinese written language. The colorful, intricate illustrations, created by cut-paper collages, will fascinate young children. This book is one of a four-part series by the author about Chinese characters related to the different seasons.

Marco Flamingo / Marco Flamenco Marco Flamingo / Marco Flamenco By: Sheila Jarkins Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Marco Flamingo waits every winter for the snowbirds to fly south. "What's snow?" he asks them. He finally decides that he has to see the snow for himself — and he can't get enough of it once he finds it! Brightly colored illustrations will delight and entertain readers of all ages. English and bilingual version available.

Polar Slumber / Sueño Polar Polar Slumber / Sueño Polar By: Dennis Rockhill Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This beautiful wordless picture book takes us on a magical journey through a young girl's dreams about her new polar bear friends. Young readers will pore over the lush illustrations of snowflakes, adorable polar bear cubs, cozy blankets, and the Northern lights. An accompanying poem is included at the end of the text. Bilingual or English version available.

Robert's Snow Robert's Snow By: Grace Lin Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

"A little mouse resides with his family in a leaky, old, leather boot that constantly needs repair. As winter approaches, the others are all for sealing themselves inside to shut out the cold. Robert has always yearned to play in the snow, so when he accidentally slips out of his window, he is delighted. Soon, however, he becomes lost and must be saved by a 'big animal' with red fur and blue eyes. He delivers the little mouse to his home, and when the snow melts, Robert's family is mystified and delighted by the appearance of a brand-new boot right next to their old one." — School Library Journal

Robert's Snowflakes Robert's Snowflakes By: Grace Lin Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Pre-Reader

"When doctors told Lin and her husband that a cure for cancer was his greatest hope of survival, they decided to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Lin called upon fellow children's book authors and illustrators, and a project was born–each one would decorate a wooden snowflake that was then auctioned, raising over $100,000…Featuring reproductions of work by Eric Carle, David Shannon, Emily Arnold McCully, Eric Rohmann, Denise Fleming, Ian Falconer, and Lin herself, the book is a handsome showcase of art." — School Library Journal

Stranger in the Woods Stranger in the Woods By: Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Who is in the woods? When did he get here? The animals of the forest are wondering how this quiet stranger came to their home. Beautiful, whimsical photos and text complete this winter fantasy of what happens when a snowman arrives in the forest. Spanish version available.

The Snowman The Snowman By: Raymond Briggs Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In Raymond Brigg's charming tale, a little boy makes friends with a snowman. He wakes up on a snowy day, tells his mother he's going outside, then begins a flurry of snowman-building. That night, he can't sleep, so he opens the front door and lo! the snowman has come to life.

The Snowman's Path The Snowman's Path By: Helena Clare Pittman Illustrated by: Raúl Colón Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: One moonlit night Nathan hears the snowman singing. A little afraid, but fascinated, Nathan steps out of the shadows and offers him a cookie. And a miraculous friendship begins. Raúl Colón's dazzling paintings pull readers instantly into the wondrous world of Helena Clare Pittman's captivating fantasy.

The Snowy Day The Snowy Day By: Ezra Jack Keats Age Level: 0-3 Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The Snowy Day is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures.

Tracks in the Snow Tracks in the Snow By: Wong Yee Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A child follows animal tracks in the snow, wondering aloud "Who made the tracks?/Where do they go?" Gentle illustrations depict the child's walk across a snowy landscape while animals watch from afar. Only upon returning home is it revealed that the tracks were made yesterday when the child was "Out playing in the snow!"

Whale Snow Whale Snow By: Debby Dahl Edwardson Illustrated by: Annie Patterson Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

Amiqqaq is home with his grandmother when fat flakes begin to fall. She refers to the precipitation as "whale snow," which occurs when a whale has given itself to the people of their Alaskan village. Soon Amiqqaq's father comes in to announce the kill, and then takes the boy to see the great beast. Before long, Amiqqaq begins to understand the true spirit of the whale, as members of his community come together to celebrate and prepare its different parts for use. — Booklist

When This World Was New When This World Was New By: D.H. Figueredo Illustrated by: Enrique O. Sanchez Age Level: 6-9 Reading Level: Independent Reader

Danilito is excited about coming to America, but he is also scared — it is so different and cold, and he doesn't speak any English. Then he experiences his first snowfall. After feeling the snowflakes on his cheek and leaving footprints in the snow, he begins to feel a little more confident in this new country. Warm illustrations bring an immigrant family's journey, and their first snowfall, to life.

You Can Do It, Sam You Can Do It, Sam By: Amy Hest Illustrated by: Anita Jeram Age Level: 3-6 Reading Level: Beginning Reader

On a snowy winter morning, Sam and his mom bake cakes to surprise their friends in the neighborhood. Sam delivers them all by himself – with a little encouragement from Mrs. Bear as she waits in their pick-up truck. Their morning adventure ends back home with a cake and a cup of hot cocoa for both Mrs. Bear and Sam. This reassuring story is told in gentle, engaging language supported by appealing illustrations that evoke the frosty weather.

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