5 Read-Alouds for a Snowy Day

Reading aloud to your students is wonderful every time of the year but there’s something very special about bringing the class together on the carpet on a cold and wintry day. After you read Ezra Jack Keats’ classic The Snowy Day or Jan […]

Reading aloud to your students is wonderful every time of the year but there’s something very special about bringing the class together on the carpet on a cold and wintry day. After you read Ezra Jack Keats’ classic
The Snowy Day or Jan Brett’s lovely The Mitten, what’s next? How about one of these  five new titles that we recommend with a nice cup of hot chocolate. 

 Cold Snap  By Eileen Spinelli 
 This delightfully chilly picture book from favorite author      Eileen Spinelli made Best of 2012 children’s books lists, and  when you hold it your hands, you’ll certainly see why.  Marjorie Priceman’s illustrations sparkle with snowy glitter  and wintry shades of icy blue and pink.  As the town of Toby  Mills grows colder and colder each day, the newspaper headline reads “COLD SNAP!”  The townspeople, the children and their pets are freezing down to their toes. But then the Mayor’s wife comes up with a plan to warm everyone up! It’s a perfect read for when the children come in after winter recess.  Grades K–2.

Why is Snow White?
By Heinze Janisch 

In this playful pourquoi tale by Austrian writer Heinze Janisch, Father Snow asks the flowers to lend their bright colors to the snow, but all the flowers want nothing to do with the cold snow, except the snowdrop.  This is a great winter introduction to a unit on pourquoi tales. Pair it with other “Why does Winter Come? stories like Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root and Is That You, Winter? by Stephen Gammell. 

PreK-2.

 Twelve Kinds of Ice By Ellen Bryan Obed
 This beautifully written book is both fresh and surprising and  reads like a familiar classic at the same time. In this close-  knit northern family, there are twelve kinds of ice. The first  ice is the thin layer of ice that forms on water in a pail.    Next, is ice like a pane of glass.  Finally, when winter  deepens and the black ice appears, it is time to build the ice skating rink. This book is so evocative that even children who’ve never seen a northern winter will feel what it’s like to grow up in the snowbelt. Grades 4-7.

 The Dogs of Winter  By Bobbie Pyron

 This moving adventure tale based on a true story will grip  your readers who like dramatic tales and not let go. After the  death of his grandmother, young Mischka is all alone on the  Moscow streets. The boy befriends a pack of wild dogs who  defend him and help keep him warm in the cold Moscow  winter. It’s a compelling unforgettable read. Grades 6 and up.

 The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic  Adventure  By Martin W. Sandler

 This arctic adventure tale is perfect for your non-fiction or  adventure readers. In 1897, whaling in the cold Arctic sea  could make sailors rich, but it was also very dangerous. That  year winter came early and eight American whale ships with 300 sailor were locked in frozen Arctic ice.  President McKinley sent three men on a 1500 mile trek to rescue them.  The book is filled with historical photographs and journal entries that help bring the story to life. Grades 6-12.

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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