I love picture books! In our family library, my husband’s beautiful leather-bound tomes line one section of shelves, while my continually growing collection of children’s literature fills another section. I’d say our respective collections take up about the same amount of real estate, but since I can fit about 20 picture books in the same amount of space as one “War and Peace”, I’d say my collection is larger. There just never seems to be a bad time to read a good children’s book. Start of an activity – great! Rowdy transition time – perfect! Bedtime – ideal! It reminds me of the iPhone commercials (“There’s an app for that”). Any situation, there’s a book for that. New puppy in the family? There’s a book for that. Having a really bad day? There’s a book for that. Want to become a pirate? There’s a book for that too. Ate too many cupcakes and now you’ve turned pink, which you were really excited about at first, until the birds and bees thought you were a flower and swarmed you, and after one more cupcake you’re actually red, which isn’t nearly as neat as pink and now you need to know how to get back to your normal self? Wouldn’t you know, there’s a book for that too! (If you think I’m totally off my rocker with that last reference, you need to read Pinkalicious!)
During a winter themed preschool unit, there are plenty of opportunities for a great book. You might use one to start off outside time, an art project, a game, or a discussion. Or you might just read one to enjoy it together with your little ones. For any occasion, here’s a quick list of some of my favorite winter-themed books. Instead of summarizing them myself, I’ve linked each picture to Amazon, which also gives a story summary.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Try out Deborah’s idea for an activity, the first comment on this post, or make snow globes like these – though I would use a glue gun instead of duct tape.)
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle (Try With Activity Here)
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn and Mark Buehner (Book Activity Here)
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Snip, Snip, Snow! by Nancy Poydar (Book Activity Here – Combine with this treat!)
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin (Book Activity Here)
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
Jan Brett’s The Hat…No, The Mitten…Oh, I can’t pick a favorite! Go with a Jan Brett Author study and check them all out!
And don’t undestimate the value of your informational texts. My boys love Snow Day by Betsy Maestro. It’s a book I kind of overlooked, thinking it was boring, but my boys love seeing and hearing about all the machines that clear the way through streets, airports, even harbors on a snowy day.
With all the great literature, don’t forget that information books are great to have in your book area as well. You don’t have to read the whole book, just having the pictures for perusing and maybe reading a page or a sentence or two when a question comes up makes it more than worth the effort. Having these types of books encourages curiosity and sparks interest in the topic. It also teaches children that they can find answers to questions by reading books.
Oooh, and something like this would be perfect in this collection as well!
I know I’ve just scratched the surface of a list that could certainly go on for days! So comment here, and share your favorite winter themed books with all of us!
amber fischer says
this isn’t my all-time favorite winter themed book, but it’s one i’ve been reading a lot lately with my little miss: One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George.
Thanks, Amber! I’ll have to read that one!
Ooh, fun list! Farol gave us the Uri Shulevitz “Snow” book when my oldest boy, Sam, was a baby …10 years ago now! That is a magical book! I believe our copy of “Snowflake Bentley” (http://www.amazon.com/Snowflake-Bentley-Caldecott-Medal-Book/dp/0395861624) also came from her. I like that one because it’s very adaptable for different ages. There’s simple text for young ones and more detail in smaller type for older kids. When Sam was in preschool we had just moved to California and were feeling homesick for snow. I took those two plus “The Snowy Day” in to do a snow storytime for his class. It was fun!
Great suggestions, Ana! I remember being fascinated with “Snowflake Bentley” when I was younger!