What’s cozier than getting all snuggled up and reading a good book? Here’s a list of our top children’s books with snow settings.

Although we haven’t experienced much snow, picture books are a great way to introduce children to something new. The illustrations or photos give them an idea of what they might expect to encounter. Reading books and talking about how they relate to the child’s life will help build connections. When reading these books, I might ask my son if he remembers when we saw snow in Canada or if he remembers the other day when it was so cold and windy.

I thought these books would be a good way to introduce the concept of settings. Snow settings are so stark. So obvious. It’s not difficult for children to begin to understand this literary concept. I do use the word ‘setting’ with my son who is three. I might say: ‘This book is set outside in the snow. Everything happens in the snow.’ I’m not trying to be didactic, but I think incorporating words like this into conversation is a natural way to build his vocabulary. I wouldn’t really expect him to be able to answer ‘What’s the setting of this book?’ questions, but in time he will be able to without feeling like this is some strange, new concept he’s learning.

Children's Books with Snow Setting

1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. All. Time. Classic. This book should be a part of every child’s library. There are so many opportunities to ask questions, think about what’s happening and retell the story.

2. Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival. We loved this book about two friends separated by a move. It’s a wonderful way to teach children about letter writing and friendship. (I’ll probably write more on this book in the future!)

3. No Two Alike by Keith Baker. This is a gorgeous and simple book about the beauty of nature. Excellent way to teach appreciation for how unique our world is!

4. Outside by Deirdre Gill. A boy’s imagination runs wild when he goes to play outside in the snow. More opportunities for teaching sequencing in a story and encouraging kids to go play outside.

5. First Snow in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick. Who says children’s books have to be illustrated with pictures? I love the idea of photos in children’s fiction.

6. Stella, Queen of the Snow (Stella and Sam) by Marie-Louise Gay. Have a question about snow? Stella knows all about it. She’s an expert.

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We live to go all out with our reading. Snuggle up with a blanket. A mug of something warm. How do you like to read? What are you’re favorite snowy books?



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