With winter right around the corner, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite winter books for elementary students. These stories all share some elements that are important to me, personally, when choosing books to share with children. For one, they all have beautiful, vivid, and colorful illustrations that creatively depict what the clever stories are telling. Also, all of these books are written with either an amount of predictability, which is very important for young listeners, or have a rhyming element to them which is equally as beneficial.
The Mitten was an obvious choice for me as Jan Brett is one of my favorite children’s authors. In this book, Brett has adapted a Ukrainian folktale that tells the story of a young boy who drops his mitten in the snow and it soon becomes the home to many animals looking for a warm and cozy place to hide. As more and more animals attempt to squeeze into this mitten, the mitten becomes a little cramped before something finally sends all of the animals flying out!
I am having a hard time finding the words to describe how beautiful the illustrations are in this book. From the detailed main pictures, to the Brett’s signature “key hole” sneak peak into what is occurring on the next page that she includes in many of her other stories, it’s no wonder that The Mitten is still popular after it was first published in 1989.
Written by Uri Shulevitz, Snow received a Caldecott Honor in 1999. This book is best suited for younger children as there are minimal words on each page and the story as a whole is relatively brief. It also has some famous nursery rhyme characters who show up in the pictures toward the end of the story to join in on the fun.
The illustrations, which depict the story of a boy who notices the first few snowflakes that begin to fall on a day in which snow was not originally in the forecast, are whimsical and fantastical. By the end of the story, when the town is covered in beautiful white snow, it’s pretty apparent that the weatherman was wrong and the boy’s hunch, that it is in fact a snow day, was correct all along.
Snowmen At Night, written by Caralyn Buehner and a New York Times Bestseller, is another winter favorite of mine. I love books that rhyme, have large, full-page illustrations, happy and exciting storylines…and this book has it all!
The story answers the question, “What do snowmen do at night?” by taking them on a journey that suggests to young readers what snowmen might do to entertain themselves during the dark hours. Snowmen playing baseball, making snow angels, ice skating, and drinking hot cocoa are just a few of the illustrations by Mark Buehner in this fun storybook!
Enjoy and happy winter reading!
BLOG WRITTEN BY LAUREN BRONSON WITH TAMPA LEARNING CO.