When winter comes and snow piles high in the yard, there’s nothing better to do than build a snowman! This collection of sweet picture books will inspire you to create some wintertime magic with your preschooler.
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All You Need for a Snowman
by Alice Schertle
What do you need to build a snowman? Alice Schertle’s colorful picture book has the answer. First, you’ll need billions of snowflakes, “one big, cold, well-rolled snowflake ball,” and, of course, a carrot! But don’t forget to build a friend for your snowman. I think you’re going to need a lot more snow!
Amadi’s Snowman: A Story of Reading
by Katia Novet Saint-Lot
Amadi’s Snowman is a great reminder of the power of literacy. Does a Nigerian boy need to learn to read? Amadi doesn’t think so! But when he sees a strange white creature on the pages of a picture book, his curiosity gets the best of him. The world of snowmen may seem foreign to Amadi, but learning to read opens new worlds!
Making a Friend
by Alison McGhee
Friendship is sweet, but it can be fleeting. This touching story about a boy and a snowman will tug at your heartstrings. Through the cold days of winter, the boy nurtures his friendship with his snowy creation, but as the sun shines brighter and the days begin to lengthen, he must face the inevitable. Even good friends can’t stay forever.
by Lois Ehlert
If you think coal, carrots, sticks, and scarves are all you need to create the perfect snowman, you’re in for a big surprise. Lois Ehlert’s Snowballs takes the art of snowman building to a whole new level. Creatively illustrated with photographs of gorgeous, colorful collages, this fun picture book will have you longing to build a snowman.
by Will Hillenbrand
Without a single written word, Snowman’s Story draws readers into an epic adventure. When a naughty bunny steals Snowman’s storybook, Snowman and his friends are off on a hunt to find the runaway bunny and retrieve the storybook. This wordless picture book by award-winning author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand is a treasure.
Snowmen at Night
by Caralyn and Mark Buehner
Have you ever wondered what snowmen do at night when the whole town is sleeping? Well, after reading this delightful picture book, you’ll never have to wonder again. There are snowman races and snowball fights, and of course some snowman sledding, too. And then it’s back home for a rest before the sun comes up!
Stranger in the Woods
by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick
On a crisp winter day, the animals in the forest awake to the news that there’s a Stranger in the Woods. Soon the forest is teeming with curious visitors … is the stranger a friend? Come find out! This winter masterpiece by professional wildlife photographers Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick is one of those books you just can’t put down.
The Biggest, Best Snowman
by Margery Cuyler
Little Nell is a little girl living in a big house in the big snowy woods. All the big, blustery people in Little Nell’s family think she’s too little to do anything. But wait until you see the surprise on all their faces when they see the BIG snowman that Little Nell builds with her woodland friends. It’s going to bring a BIG smile to your face!
by Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs’s timeless classic The Snowman is wordless storytelling at its best. The misty quality of the illustrations intensify the dreamlike atmosphere of this whimsical story. Though simple, the tale is a child’s fantasy of a snowman who comes to life and takes a young boy on the adventure of a lifetime. What could be better?
The Snow Rabbit
by Camille Garoche
Easily the most unique “snowman” book on our list, The Snow Rabbit is a story to be cherished. Extraordinary cut paper artwork entices “readers” into an enchanted winter wonderland along with two young girls and a rabbit fashioned from snow. Every page oozes emotion and charm in this not-to-be-missed book.
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