snow book list and activities

We had much snowfall this season, which allowed us to do many snow activities.   We made some snow ice cream, brought some snow indoors to let the toddlers play in the sink with it, and read many books related to snow.

Here is a list of our favorite snow related books.

Scroll down for snow crafts that we enjoyed doing this year as well.

    all you need for a snowman

One small snowflake fluttering down–
That’s all you need for a snowman.
Or is it?


          bear snores on

In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

  dear Rebecca winter is here

From a letter written by her grandmother, Rebecca learns that winter began on June 21, while she was cooling off under the hose. The northern half of the Earth began to grow cold, and the days grew shorter. The birds began to fly to the sunny underside of the Earth, and the groundhogs and bears went to sleep. But on December 22, summer will begin. Before long, Rebecca will take off her shoes and jump over bluebells.

   missing mittens

Every animal on Farmer Bill’s farm is missing one mitten. Readers can investigate odd and even numbers as they unravel this mitten mystery!

 snip, snip, snow


Describes a young boy’s anticipation while waiting for the first snow and revelry when the snow comes.

   snow snow snow!

Captures the excitement of a snow day

  snowflake Bentley

From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature.

  the snowman

A picture book about the story of a boy and his snowman that came to life in his dream

   the snowy day

It features a boy named Peter exploring his neighborhood after the first snowfall of the season

  when it starts to snow

What if it starts to snow. What do you do? Where do you go?” So begins this winter story, as each animal–from a mouse to a bear–tells us what it will do

dream snow

It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.

But when the farmer awakens, he finds that it has really snowed outside, and now he remembers something! Putting on his red suit, he goes outside, puts some gifts under the tree for his animals, and presses a button near a Christmas tree, creating a most surprising musical treat for children everywhere.

  flannel kisses

The magical experiences of a cold and snowy winter’s day are woven together with rhyming text and captured in vibrant illustrations.

  grandmother winter

All through the spring, summer and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall, of course-snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon.

 I am snow

What is snow, and what does it look like?

 just a snowman

Hooray! It is a snow day! And what a perfect time to make a snowman. But Little Sister needs help putting on her boots, Dad needs a hand with the shoveling, and Gator wants to build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?

 snow dance

n this lyrical celebration of one of the most awaited days of the year, two young children anticipate a snowstorm and all the joy, wonder, and excitement that it promises. As the flakes begin to fall, their wish comes true and the two cavort in the freshly fallen snow. When they are all tired out they return home to warm up by the fire with hot cocoa.

   snowflakes and ice skates

a counting book

  the day daddy stayed home

The book is a story in which the father interacts with his child in such a fun and playful way. The story is told from the child’s point of view and recounts a snowy day in which the father is snowed in and can’t go to work. The father and child spend the day together outside playing in the snow. Wonderful book that sparks the imagination.

   the jacket I wear in the snow

Rhyme follows rhyme as layer after layer of winter clothing (“bunchy and hot, wrinkled a lot, stiff in the knee, and too big for me!”) is first put on and then taken off to the relief of the child bundled inside.

  the missing mitten mystery

Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a busy day playing in the snow. Somehow Annie’s red mitten has disappeared in all the fun. They look high and low. . . . It’s not on the sledding hill, and it’s not by the snow castles. Maybe an eagle carried it off to keep its baby’s head warm. Or maybe a mouse is using it as a sleeping bag. When the sun goes down, Annie and Oscar have to give up their search and go inside. But when Annie looks out the window, something red catches her eye. . .

   the mitten

“Grandmother knits snow-white mittens that Nikki takes on an adventure. Readers will enjoy the charm and humor in the portrayal of the animals as they make room for each newcomer in the mitten and sprawl in the snow after the big sneeze.”

the hat

  the mitten tree

One snowy day an elderly woman, Sarah, watches children gathering at the bus stop. While they never seem to notice her, she notices them, especially one little boy who has no mittens. That night, Sarah knits the boy a pair of cozy mittens and places them on the blue spruce tree for him to discover. It soon becomes a game, with the children looking for new mittens on the mysterious tree every morning, and Sarah joyfully knitting new ones each night.

 the snow speaks

Captures the sights and sounds of the season’s first snowfall.

winter eyes

a great book that has many winter poems inside.  use for copywork or creating a winter wall hanging


We also did a snowman book

What I did was folded some construction paper in half to make a book.




I printed off some simple sentences about a snowman.

I printed off some black and white clipart of snowman items that they colored in.


I let the little ones just cut out the sentences and glue them into their book.  I had the slightly older girls copy the sentences into their book.

Very easy to make a simple book for my young children.

We didn’t do many crafts after Christmas time.  The children seemed to be busy with all of their Christmas crafts these two were ones we intended to do but did not.

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