We’ve had many snow days here in the UK in the past few weeks. In fact today it is snowing and we’ve all been enjoying the weather in our back garden.
It’s been the first time my girls, now 3 and 1 have really enjoyed playing in the snow, making snowmen and enjoying what this fluffy, pretty white stuff has to offer.
It has inspired our book choices which I shall be sharing in this post.
Up and Down – A walk in the countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw.
This is a brilliant baby and toddler friendly read, exploring opposites on a countryside walk.
We found this in the library and my girls were immediately drawn to it. Who could resist that adorable inclusive front cover?
The book is published in partnership with The National Trust and it’s just filled with adorable illustrations.
As this isn’t a story book there is minimal text on each page, placing emphasis on the vocabulary related to opposites which the children in the book are showing you as they explore outside.
This is a lovely book to share, exploring new vocabulary and perfect to accompany when outdoors.
Snow by Sam Usher.
This is a delightful book and made even more appealing in its small, mini gift edition.
The nameless little boy in the story is super happy to be greeted by snow one morning. He can’t wait to play in the snow and proves to be such a patient child waiting for his grandfather to get ready! However, by the end of the story they both have great fun and conclude that fun in the snow was “definitely worth waiting for.”
Snow is an enjoyable read for toddlers and up, observing a lovely relationship between a grandfather and grandson. The boy learns so much from his wise grandparent and the respect and love he has for his elder is refreshing to observe.
A Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss and illustrated by Fiona Woodcock.
This adorable picture book oozes fun and friendship and my eldest thinks it is brilliant, as do I.
A polar bear cub is keen to have fun in the snow and whilst exploring, away from his mother he finds a dot in the snow.
The dot isn’t actually a dot you or I would expect but in fact a young girl, sweetly drawn and beaming with smiles.
They both have great fun together but different emotions are explored and the way in which the polar bear cub helps the girl is touching to see.
Snow Bears by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Sara Fox-Davies.
This is a lovely story all about a bear and her cubs.
Mummy bear joins her cubs outside to play and states that her cubs look like snow bears and that’s when the story begins. Her cubs take on the role of snow bears and they all have lots of fun in the snow. The gentle illustrations and fluffy bears are appreciated by my eldest daughter. It just makes you want to play in the snow.
It’s a lovely read in that mummy bear joins in with their play and when it gets too cold the cubs return home. As the snow melts from their coats the cubs reveal that they were actually the snow bears, “We were playing tricks,” they announce.
Martin Waddell is a very talented author who captures the innocence of a child well in this story. The responses the cubs give are so child like and make it an even more delightful read for little ones.
The girls have had great fun exploring these picture books. I wonder if we will have a snowy January? We shall have to see.