(post by Meghan G., Children’s & YA Book Buyer)
The recent blast of winter chill reminds us that, while temperatures don’t often dip below freezing in Austin, it’s still winter, and you never know. Being from the north, Austin’s infrequent cold snaps always put me in the mood to read some of my favorite wintry books. In that spirit, here are a few of my favorite snowy books for youngsters.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and Snow by Uri Shulevitz
These classics truly capture snowfall from the child’s perspective. Whether it’s exploring the strange world of freshly fallen snow or capturing the excitement of snowy anticipation, these timeless books never go out of style.
Another take: The Snow Day by Komako Sakai explores some of the disruptions a wondrous snowstorm can cause.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
The eerie, silvery world of a white winter’s night is brought to life through the companionable shared experience of a girl and her father’s quiet moonlit trek to see a great horned owl.
Another take: Snowy Valentine offers an adorable, heartwarming story about two hearts and the gift of snow.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Wordless, but far from simplistic, this imaginative visual adventure starring a boy and a snowman is a sheer delight.
Another take: Another interesting book about the visual world of snow is Snowflake Bentley about the artist determined to photograph snowflakes in all their exquisite variety.
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Ingalls family’s struggle for survival against Mother Nature feels chillingly real, transporting the reader into a solitary house in an isolated town cut off from supplies and besieged by the harsh realities of winter on the prairies.
Bonus: If this puts you in the mood for prairie survival tales, also try the excellent May B. by Caroline Rose.