One of the things my kids adore doing is reading together. Now that it’s winter, we’ve started pulling out our snow themed books. Here’s a look at some of the best non-fiction books about snow for kids! Affiliate links present.
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books about Snow for Kids
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this visually stunning exploration of the science of snow. Perfect for reading on winter days, the book features photos of real snow crystals in their beautiful diversity. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included.
Birds in Winter by Jenny Fretland Van Foorst In Birds in Winter, beginning readers will learn how birds migrate or adapt to survive the winter months. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage early readers as they discover how birds handle the chilly weather conditions.
Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft Have you ever seen a butterfly in the snow? Probably not. Butterflies can’t survive cold weather, so when winter comes, many butterflies fly to warmer places. They migrate. Woodchucks don’t like cold weather either but they don’t migrate; they hibernate. Woodchucks sleep in their dens all winter long. Read and find out how other animals cope with winter’s worst weather.
Snow is Falling by Franklyn Branley Snow is falling. Snow is wonderful – for sledding, for skiing, and for building snowmen. But did you know that snow can actually keep things warm? Find out how snow helpf plants, animals, and people to survive. But when a blizzard blows, watch out! The snow that is so useful can be dangerous too.
Curious About Snow by Gina Shaw When does it snow? Why is snow white? How do we know no two snowflakes are alike? (Hint: the proof is in the photographs, first made in the 1890s!) With full-color photographs and the Smithsonian’s famous Wilson Bentley snowflake photos, this new Curious About title looks at the science behind snow, and the history of record-setting blizzards and snowstorms—plus how people have fun in the snow!
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman “A beautiful take on the water cycle. Waldman traces the journey of a single drop of water throughout the year, with each month receiving its own spread. The water begins as a snowflake that melts into a droplet, flows into the ground, bubbles up in a spring, flows into a farm’s irrigation system, evaporates into the morning fog, becomes part of a cloud, rains down, enters a plumbing system, washes a little girl’s face, flows out to the ocean, gets swept onto the shore and evaporates into the sky to become a snowflake once more. The clear text is undeniably lyrical: “It flowed past fields of waving sea grasses, over corals of many colors, and into the mouths of great striped fish.” The real stunners here, though, are the dazzling, cool-tones paintings that convey the wonders of nature with delicate precision. A must for libraries and science classrooms.
Who Grows Up in the Snow?: A Book About Polar Bears and Their Offspring by Theresa Longenecker Names and describes the offspring of a polar bear, seal, emperor penguin, arctic fox, walrus, caribou, arctic tern, and arctic hare.
Flakes and Flurries: A Book About Snow by Josepha Sherman Learn about snow and snow crystals. How water turns into snow is the focus of this book, with a discussion of blizzards and other extreme conditions.
Whiteout! A Book about Blizzards by Rick Thomas Describes what one would experience in a blizzard, including whiteouts, strong winds, snowdrifts, and wind chills.
It’s Snowing! by Gail Gibbons Small, soft flakes fall quietly from above. It’s snowing! People like to sled and ski in it, but what exactly is snow? How does it form? While it is believed that no two snowflakes look exactly alike, most have either six sides or six points. included in this crystal clear introduction to one of winter’s wonders is information about different types of snowstorms, regions where snow falls, and how to prepare when a snowstorm approaches.
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