Easy Readers about Snow and Winter

Shan, our wonderful friend and children's librarian, conjured up a marvelous list of books to read and enjoy here. To these we've added (and in a couple of cases duplicated) listings of books about Winter and Snow that are great choices for beginning readers.


The Snowman
by Raymond Briggs

Description: This wordless picture book takes on the magical story of a boy befriending a snowman. Whimsical and gentle, this story is best read one on one. (Prek-1st)
Technical Stuff:
It's Wordless!

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0679894438
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Easiest Chapter Books

Hello, Snow!
by Hope Vestergaard

Description: On the morning of a fresh snowfall, a young girl bounces out of bed, scrambles into warm clothes, grabs her dad, dashes outside, and jumps right into the delights of a snowy day. Whether she's rolling a giant snowball, bumping into a new friend, or tumbling into a pile of white, her spirit and energy are hard to resist.

Playful rhyming text and exuberant watercolor illustrations full of funny antics and details reflect the enthusiasms of a snow-loving girl on this best of winter days.

"Goodbye, Mommy...
Here we go!
Through the door

Technical Stuff:
Word Count: 160
Reading Level: generic 1.0
Accelerated Reading level:  1.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 84415
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • ISBN-10: 0545072778
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by Lois Ehlert

Description: Pull on your mittens and head outside for a snowball day. Grab some snow and start rolling. With a few found objects--like buttons and fabric and seeds--and a little imagination, you can create a whole family out of snow. Children will love poring over Lois Ehlert’s bold, funny illustrations and identifying the common (and not so common) objects she uses to decorate her snowy family.

Technical Stuff:
Word Count: 122
Reading Level: 1.3
Accelerated Reading level:  1.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 14750
  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper
  • ISBN-10: 0152020950
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Snow Day
by Komako Sakai

** Starred Review Publishers Weekly**
** Starred Review Library School Journal**
Description: A young urban bunny’s world is transformed by snow. His kindergarten is closed and his father can’t catch his flight. Captures some of the experiences and feelings youngsters might have on a snow day where things shut down.
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Accelerated Reading level:  1.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 127690
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • ISBN-10: 0545013216
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by Uri Shulevitz

Description: Uri Shulevitz tends to say more with his pictures than with words. In this book a snow storm gradually begins, despite the skepticism of the city folk, and to the delight of the young boy.

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Accelerated Reading level:  1.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 28079
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374370923
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Snow Music
by Lynne Rae Perkins

**The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award **

Description: When a dog gets loose from the house on a snowy day, his owner searches for him and experiences the sounds of various animals and things in the snow.
What does it
take to make
snow music?

A boy and a girl.
A squirrel, rabbit,
deer, and bird.
Also neighbors.
A dog.
Lost and then found.

And snow falling. Peth.
And melting. Drip.
And falling again.

You can listen.
You can also sing along.

Technical Stuff:
Word Count: 256
Reading Level: 1.6
Accelerated Reading level:  1.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 75804
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • ISBN-10: 0066239567
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Snow Day!
by Lester L. Laminack

Description: When the television weatherman predicts a big snowfall, the narrator gleefully imagines the fun-filled possibilities of an unscheduled holiday from school.

Piling under warm blankets. Sipping hot chocolate in snowman mugs. Building a snow fort. Piling up a zillion snowballs inside. Sledding in the neighbor s field. In scene after snowy scene, from sunrise to sundown, a pair of siblings, with their father in tow, show how they would make the most of their day off.

But when the family wakes up the next morning, they are in for a disappointment. As the family members pile into the car so they won t be late for school, an unexpected twist reveals who wanted the snow day most of all.

Technical Stuff:
Word Count: 435
Reading Level: 1.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reading level: : 1.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 122231
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • ISBN-10: 1561455539
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