Cozy by Jan Brett

Cozy by Jan Brett; illustrated by Jan Brett. 2020. Watercolor and gouache with airbrush backgrounds. Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Brief summary: Cozy, a large musk ox, is separated from the herd in the cold Alaskan tundra. A lemming and her pups come across him standing in the snow and decide to warm themselves next to his foot being very quiet so they are not noticed. A snowshoe hare comes up to Cozy and asks if he could seek shelter under his fur from the snow storm. Cozy agrees asking him to please keep the noise down.

More Alaskan creatures take sanctuary under Cozy all trying very hard to get along so they are not thrown out into the cold. The snow begins to melt. A large hunk of the ox’s fur comes off meaning that spring has come. The animals leave saying they should get together again next winter.

Cozy is happy to find his herd family again.

Comments: Cute story of how to get along. Great story to share when doing the tundra unit with primary students.

When Winter Comes: Discovering Wildlife in Our Snowy Woods by Aimee M. Bissonette

When Winter Comes: Discovering Wildlife in Our Snowy Woods by Aimee M. Bissonette; illustrated by Erin Hourigan. 2020. Published in Sasquatch Books.

Brief summary: A family goes playing in the snow sharing with young readers what is under the snow such as hibernating animals and animal homes that live in the winter wilderness. They go ice fishing and share what is under the frozen ice. They go skiing and comment about the creatures in the trees. We learn what animals and humans do when Winter comes.

Comments: I like how the family is shown living in the snow and how the animals are coexisting. This would be great to share with a winter unit.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

Winter Dance

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by Richard Jones. 2017.Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brief summary: A beautiful fox sees that winter is coming and asks the forest animals what to do. He learns that the woolly caterpillar will wrap itself in a chrysalis. The turtle tells him to bury himself in the mud. The fox continues asking the forest animals and realizes that he cannot do what they do. He comes across another fox as the snow begins to fall and learns what foxes do.

Comments: This is a beautiful, softly illustrated story that explains how the forest prepares for winter. This is a great addition for those season book collections teachers request.

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell; illustrated by Matthew Cordell. 2017. Pen, ink with watercolor. Published by Feiwel and Friends.

Brief summary: A young girl walks to school in the snow but leaves due to a blizzard. She gets lost in the whiteout at the same time a young wolf pup does too.  They meet each other where she picks him up as the snow is too deep for him to walk. She follows the howling of wolves in the distance where she meets his mother. She puts the pup down before trying to head home to the lights in the distance. Exhausted, she curls up in the woods where the wolves sit around her howling back to her hound dog. Her mother finds her and all ends well.

Comments: What a great story without words picture books.  Young readers will be in suspense as they wonder if the two will be able to survive the blizzard.

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Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat


Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat; illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet. 2017. Published by Henry & Holt Company.

Brief summary: Pablo, an adorable fluffy white lamb, goes out to his first snow. ‘ “What is it for?” he wonders.” Pablo thinks it is for making tracks, riding a sled, and snowball fighting. After he gets together with his friends, Squirrel, Shrew, and Rabbit, they come across Fox who is making a snowman.  Pablo stays with the snowman not realizing a snowstorm is falling all around him and covering his footsteps back home. He starts to cry until he sees two moving snowballs realizing his snow-covered Mom and Dad are there to bring him back home to the barn where they cuddle inside.

Comments: This would be a cute seasonal winter story to tell in the winter unit of study or for the joy of reading. Students could make Pablo with cotton balls glues to blue construction paper.

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The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt

The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt

The Most Perfect Snowman by Chris Britt; illustrated by Chris Britt. 2016. Watercolor, acrylic, Tombow pencils H, HB, and 4H.

Brief summary: Drift was one of the first snowmen built at the beginning of winter and only has coal and sticks while all the other snowmen have mittens, hats, scarves, and carrot noses. One morning, a bunch of kids playing nearby see how plain Drift is and decide to dress him up by giving him some of their clothing making the snowman very happy.  The snowman decides to play with the children all day until the weather changes. After saying good-bye, a blizzard comes blowing off some of Drift’s new clothing.  In the middle of all of the windy snowfall, Drift comes across a small rabbit that is cold and hungry. The snowman kindly gives his few remaining  gifts to the rabbit–the scarf to keep it warm and his carrot nose to feed it. The snowman looks like he did at the beginning of the story, but has changed inside.

Comments: This is a sweet story about sharing. Children give some of their winter clothing to a stranger and make a new friend. The snowman pays it forward by giving his new gifts to a cold, hungry rabbit.

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Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by April Pulley Sayre. 2016. Photography.

Brief summary: Superb photos of snow in nature with all its forms and shapes. Begins with snow on a squirrel’s nose and then explores how snow looks and forms in the forest with snow in its full water cycle and then ending on a squirrel’s nose again.

Comments: Very well done. You really need to see it to appreciate the beauty of this book. I can’t imagine the patience it took to get all of these high end photos of the various forms of snow and in the forest. I nominate this as the number one winter book this year. I would suggest pairing it with her companion that came out last year, Raindrops Roll. I can’t wait to see what she creates next.


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Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes. 2016. Scratchboard and watercolors.

Brief summary: A young girl makes a wish hoping that snow comes that night to slow down the fast paced city.  Her mother returns home from work after arriving to the airport to see the snow covered runway. The next morning her family enjoys the snow day by going out sledding and returning home to eat bakery delights while their wet clothes dry from the snow.

Comments: The illustrations make the  short poem come alive in this snow day wish story.