Monday, January 31, 2011

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Weather reports indicate we are in for quite a snowstorm!  Whether or not it hits us remains to be seen, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite cold weather tales.

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na
     We read this in Lapsit a few weeks ago and the illustrations are gorgeous, with lots of spring time scenes for those of us who are focusing on warmer weather!

Snow is My Favorite and My Best by Lauren Child
     A Charlie and Lola book-when the weather man predicts snow, Lola cannot wait!

Snow Trouble by Melinda Crow
    Great beginning reader!

Dinos in the Snow by Karma Wilson
     It's a snow day, and some dinosaurs enjoy a day full of sledding, building snowmen and having snowball fights.

In the Snow by Sharon Denslow
     A gentle tale about forest animals who venture out after a fresh snow to eat seeds a thoughtful child scattered on the ground.

Snip, Snip...Snow! by Nancy Poydar
     A young girl anxiously awaits a predicted snowstorm by making paper snowflakes.  Instructions on how to make your own paper snowflakes included!

If you are looking for informational books, how about these?

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino
     Dazzling up-close pictures of snow crystals with clear and straightforward explanations make this a great introduction to the topic. 

Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy
     This an awesome account of a massive snowstorm that hit the northeastern US in 1888, dumping between 40 and 50 inches of snow.  Told through personal accounts, newspaper articles and historic photos.  A must read for weather or history buffs!

Step-by-Step Crafts for Winter by Kathy Ross
     Get creative!

Winter Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky
     A collection of cold weather poems from noted authors, including Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe.

If you are looking for a chapter book, maybe Larryboy and the Sinister Snow Day or Blizzard of the Blue Moon would be good choices.  If you are a horse lover, pick up Hoofprints in the Snow, a title from the Thoroughbred series.  If you would rather a movie try Snow Dogs or The Chronicles of Narnia.

Keep Warm!

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