Why is she so enthusiastic about Snowballs,
a book written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert?
Just look at the illustrations! said Kim Flores, a
mother of three who manages the childrens department at the
Library Center. And shes right. One glance through this oversized
board book and youre hooked. The author takes a mixed media
approach, a cut-paper look mixing photographs and graphics.
The book is not only a delightful story about children who create
a family of snow, but it also includes information on the properties
of snow and what makes it snow. This makes the book ideally suited
to reading to kids of all ages.
Floress second favorite snow book is The
Snow Day, the classic by Ezra Jack Keats. Its
the sweetest and most wonderful story I know, she says. Ive
never read it to a child who didnt love it. The Caldecott
Award-winning book is about a little boy and one special day in
a snowy landscape.
Jacket I Wear in the Snow, written by Shirley Neitzel
and illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker, is a catchy poem with satisfying
rhythm about an everyday situation familiar to every kid.
Its a cumulative story, says Flores. Every
page builds on the previous page, a good example of sequencing which
is an excellent pre-reading skill.
For the older child, Flores recommends Journey
into the Arctic, an oversized book by Bryan and Cherry
Alexander. The photographs of animals and people are interesting
and the text is well written and informative. One page shows a child
how to dress warmly in layers just like the Inuit children.
When no one watches, snowmen play games at night. Dont believe
it? Then read this book, Snowmen
at Night by Caralyn Buehner with pictures by Mark Buehner.
Its been nominated for the Missouri Building Blocks award.
Here are other suggestions, all with a snow theme:
Comes the Snow by Angela Shelf Medearis
MacGregors Snowman by Lisa Broadie Cook
Grows Up in the Snow? by Theresa Longenecker
Music by Lynne Rae Perkins
Wake Up the Bear! by Marjorie Dennis Murray
Snow Ghosts by Leo Landry
Day! by Pat Lakin