Kids gravitate to music naturally, and what better way to get kids interested in books than by combining reading and music? As the senior children’s librarian at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Mass., I’ve seen great success with our Music and Movement storytime for little ones. Read More »
Winter weather is finally upon us, and that means building snow forts, snowballs and snowmen! It is also a wonderful opportunity to tie in the kinesthetic family fun of outdoor winter play with literacy. Here are my family’s top three favorite books about snowmen:
- Wondering what you need to build a snowman? In All You Need for A Snowman, author Alice Shertle uses counting, rhyming and a wild imagination to have her characters create a very unique snowman. This book will have your children using their prediction skills to guess what the youngsters in the story will add next.
- Snowmen at Night is one of a series of books about snowmen by author and illustrator team Caralyn and Mark Buehner. Ever wonder what snowmen do at night? Why it’s their absolute favorite time! When the world is dark and children are sleeping, it’s party time for snowmen everywhere. This book is a whimsical tale that imagines lavish snow parties that happen each night. So in the morning, there may something about your snowman that is just a little bit different, and now you’ll know why.
- Published in 1978, The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is truly a classic. Like many books about snowmen, the main character in this story also comes to life. Yet this charming book has no words at all. It is a perfect book for non-readers to “read” to their family, because they can make up the words as they turn from one page to the next. The brilliant illustrations will endear this snowman to your children’s hearts forever.
So after you stomp all of the snow off your boots and hang your mittens up to dry, make a couple of cups of steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows and pull out some winter-themed children’s literature to extend the learning, the fun and the memories.
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