Snow Books

It’s time to curl up with a wintry tale and a cup of cocoa.

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The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations

by Alootook Ipellie

Inuit writer and artist Ipellie was born on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Here, he describes Inuit history and the development of specific tools, clothing, architecture, and hunting strategies used by native people to survive the extreme environmental conditions. Wonderful photos and illustrations are included. (Ages 9-12)
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Over and Under the Snow

by Kate Messner

A young girl notices tunnels and footprints as she skies through the woods with her father, and learns there’s a secret animal world under the snow. Frogs, bees, voles, bears, and other creatures depend on the subnivean environment for hibernation, insulation, and protection from predators during the long winter. Endnotes provide additional information about each animal. (Ages 4-8)
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Snow Play

by Birgitta Ralston

Family-friendly snow projects range from simple snow angels to sophisticated forts and sculptures. A difficulty rating and list of tools accompanies each of the 25 projects. Safety considerations, tidbits of info about snow, and a worldwide list of snow festivals, snow/ice hotels, and an ice museum are also included. (Family)
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A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison

by Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson

One of Canada’s most recognizable and beloved painters, Ted Harrison is known for his use of vibrant colour to depict the seasons, landscapes, people, and animals of the Yukon. Bookstore owner Kelly Harrison (no relation to the painter) says the representative artwork in this biography for young children “shows the brilliant interplay of light in an environment of snow and ice, reminding us that winter is not simply white.” (Ages 6-12)
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Curious About Snow

by Gina Shaw (2016)

Children learn the nuts and bolts of snow science, as the mysteries of the white stuff are unveiled. Why is snow white? Is each snowflake really unique? Wilson Bentley’s famous snowflake photographs from the 1890s are included, along with facts about weather and historic blizzards. (Ages 6-8)
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The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)

Peter spends a marvelous day in newly fallen snow–climbing hills, knocking snow from trees, making footprints and angels. He saves a snowball for the next day, but is saddened to find only a wet spot in his jacket pocket after
his evening bath. But the next morning brings more falling snow–and a smile to his face. (Ages 2-6)
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Katy and the Big Snow

by Virginia Lee Burton (1943)

Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton (1943). The city of Geopolis has a record-breaking snowfall, and can finally put Katy–their biggest, strongest snowplow–to work. Can-do Katy single-handedly clears all the roadways, so that once again “traffic could move in and out and around the city.” (Ages 4-8)
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Frog and Toad All Year (“Down the Hill”)

by Arnold Lobel (1976)

An excited Frog manages to entice Toad from his warm bed for some winter fun. But Toad is even more reluctant when they reach the hilltop. “Do not be afraid,” says Frog. “I will be with you on the sled. It will be a fine, fast ride.” But can Toad finish the run solo after Frog falls from the sled? (Ages 4-8)
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The Incredible Journey

by Sheila Burnford (1961)

Three animal companions, two dogs and a cat, make an arduous journey across northern Ontario in search of their family. Alone, none of them would survive. But by working together they are able to navigate the wilderness, find enough to eat, and resist wild animal predators. A story of perseverance and camaraderie that tugs at the heartstrings. (Ages 8-12)
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The House at Pooh Corner, Chapter 1

by A. A. Milne (1928)

As a light snow begins to fall, Pooh and Piglet come upon a pile of sticks in the forest. Believing that Eeyore has no house, they kindly decide to build one for him. As they work Pooh sings a “tiddely-pom” song about snow, and the two debate whether it’s the ears or the toes that get colder. Later, they realize there’s been a misunderstanding–that they’ve actually moved and rebuilt Eeyore’s house. Charming and sweet, in the inimitable Pooh Bear way. (All ages)
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No Two Alike

by Keith Baker

“No two snowflakes are alike, almost, almost ... but not quite.” Two lively red birds flutter and spin through a snowy landscape. As they come across pairs of animals, tracks, and trees, they find that each is unique.
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The Mole Sisters and the Way Home

by Roslyn Schwartz

The ever-curious and philosophical Mole Sisters find magical fun in an unexpected snowfall. Soft-focus illustrations delightfully render their adventures as they build snow moles, explore a cave, and take a quiet walk home.
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Red is Best

by Kathy Stinson

A strong-willed little girl tells her exasperated mother why no other colour will do. Red mittens make better snowballs! She jumps higher in red socks! A true-to-life preschooler’s opinion piece.
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The Thing About Yetis

by Vin Vogel

Just like kids, yetis love winter: snowball fights, “sliding down hills on their bottoms,” and cocoa with a favourite stuffed animal. But yetis get cold and crabby too. The solution? Remember the sunlight, sand castles, and slip-n-slides of summer.
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The Snow Rabbit

by Camille Garoche

Enchanting illustrations tell the wordless fantasy of a snow rabbit created by two sisters. As the story unfolds, the creature grows and transports them through a beautiful eerie winter forest ... and home again.
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Perfect Snow

by Barbara Reid

Jim and Scott have big plans for the perfect new snow and can hardly wait for recess. But when they’re engulfed by a “crazy twister of kids” on the playground, the boys realize they’ll need everyone to make the “World’s Greatest Totally Massive Snowman Fort.”
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Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay

by Peter Cummings

A little girl wanders onto the Arctic ice and meets a polar bear cub to play with. Tension mounts as the parents (human and bear) find each other while searching for their missing children. A sweet tale of innocence, discovery, and friendship.
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by Sam Usher

Eager to play in the newly fallen snow, a boy waits impatiently for his grandfather to get ready. More and more people trample on the snow as they walk by his house, and vibrant illustrations highlight the boy’s increasing restlessness. The end scene neighbourhood snowball fight, complete with zoo animals, is a joyful conclusion.
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The Boundless

by Kenneth Oppel

This action-packed novel follows Will on his quest to save a trainload of riches from thieves, weaving history, fantasy, and folklore to tell his tale. The Boundless, the longest and most magnificent train ever built, thunders across Canada on her maiden voyage, and Will meets circus performers, villains, and a sasquatch. But whom can he trust? And will he survive the journey?
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The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage

by Chris Kurtz

Flora the pig sets out for Antarctica to fulfill her dreams of becoming a sled pig. As she says to her ever-cautious mum, “If it’s unexplored, then it needs to get dug up.” But will her adventurous heart and nose for discovery put her in jeopardy when some see her more as ham than heroine?

Author: Ashley Talmadge

Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer and the mother of two tech-savvy boys.

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