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Snowman Picture Books

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.

Download our free library list to take with you on your next visit to the library.

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.

Snowballs
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.

Snowman’s Story
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!

The Snowman
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.


FREE Snowman Picture Books Library List

Would you like to read some of my favorite snowman picture books with your children?

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Do you have a favorite picture book about snowmen? Please share it in the comments below and I’ll add it to our Readers’ Picks box!

Favorite Snowman Picture Books Recommended by Our Readers

  • The Snowbelly Family of Chillyville Inn by Cheryl Hawkinson (Recommended by Michelle H. via Facebook)
  • Snow Friends by M. Christina Butler (Recommended by Tara M. via Facebook)
  • Frosty the Snowman (Little Golden Book) by Diane Muldrow (Recommended by Leana K. via Facebook)
  • Snowman Magic by Katherine Tegen (Recommended by Shanna B., AALP staff)
  • Snowmen All Year by Caralyn & Mark Buehner (Recommended by several Facebook fans)
  • Snowmen At Christmas by Caralyn & Mark Buehner (Recommended by Michelle S. via Facebook)
  • Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright (Recommended by Samantha F. via Facebook)
  • The Snowmen Pop-Up Book by Caralyn & Mark Buehner (Recommended by Haley A. via Facebook)
  • A Really Good Snowman by Daniel J. Mahoney (Recommended by Linda D., AALP staff)
  • Snow What Fun! When Snowmen Come to Life on Christmas Eve by Cheryl Hawkinson (Recommended by C. Clement via blog comment)
  • The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming (Recommended by Michelle via blog comment)
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Rachel T.

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Thank you for a great selection of books! They’re perfect for the season!

Robin E.

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Rachel,
I was watching the national weather, seeing all that snow, and thinking of these picture books. This list of books IS perfect for this particular January!

A. Reed

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Thank you for this great list!

Juleanne Grimaldi

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Going to the library today! Thanks for the list!

Robin E.

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Enjoy the great snowman books, Juleanne!

Mrs. Rasmussen

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Looks like it’s time to head to the library! Thanks for a great list!

Stacy Burns

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Can’t wait to read these! Thanks!

Gale

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The Biggest, Best Snowman is one of my favorite children’s books. It was perfect for my son, who is the youngest of 3 brothers.

Robin E.

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Thank you for the recommendation, Gale. This one did catch my eye as especially cute.

Megan

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I love what snowmen do at night!

Heidi Crawford

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What a great list. Living in Florida we love all the snow books we can get our hands on.

April

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We are building snowmen here in WI! Kids are so excited to have snow for Christmas!!

April

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We love The Snowy Day

Gourangi

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Love the book topics!

Sara

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Love these book suggestions. Will definitely be looking for some of them at the library to read to my preschooler.

Melanie

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Love the list of books!! Thanks!

Kristina Poehls

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👍🏻

Amy Shannon

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Great seasonal list!Thanks!

Pat

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Great for this time of year! We have at least 10 inches right now!

Robin E.

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Pat,
Forget a snowman. That’s enough snow for an entire snowfamily!

Ashley

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Thank you for the great book suggestions!

Kristina

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Thank you for the list; it saved so much time looking for good reads for the season.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Kristina!

Yolanda

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Great suggestions. Thank you.

Kristina McGuire

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I would love to win lvl 5 and basic set for second child

Crystal Gray

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Thank you for these lists of good books! We love snowmen.

Krystal

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Looks fun

Great books! Snowmen at night has been a favorite of my kids for years!

JENNIFER BULPITT

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I love new book recommendations.

Beth Bomar

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My kids love snowmen. Thanks for the ideas.

Kelly

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Thank you for these suggestions! My little reader and I are so excited to begin some fun winter reading.

Faith Flesher

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Thank you!

Clover

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Thank you for the great suggestions!

Megan

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Great book suggestions!

Rachel

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Thanks for the printable library list!!

Christi Rafer

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Great books!

Jennifer Nolan

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Great list of books! Thanks for sharing.

Kim

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Thank you for the list!

Brittany Gell

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So cute! What a great idea!

Tami Palmer

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We love Snowmen at Night!

Clare

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Thanks for the suggestions! These will be great over break!

Amanda

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Great suggestions, thanks!

Lori

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I love these posts! So helpful!!!!!

Nichole

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Snowmen at night is a family favorite for us!

Karin

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We love books about anything! Since we live in SC, most of the snow we see is in a book! Love AAS and AAR! Feel like family!

Wendy

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Love the book recommendations.

R binder

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How fun! We will have snow for the next 3 months so this is great!

Carrie

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Thanks for the book recommendations!

Brooke W.

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I love snowman picture books!!

Jen

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Oh my gosh ! I had no idea there were so many wonderful books for snowmen.

Lorri

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Thanks for the recommendations!

Michelle

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These ideas look like fun! I can’t wait to try!

Tracey

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Great recommendations ! My kids will love these!

Samantha

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Great idea for the holiday snuggling up to read

Samantha

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Great idea for the holiday season snuggling up to read

Emily

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Thanks for the recommendations!

Valerie

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The Snowman & The Snowman / Snowdog are two of our Favorite books of the winter season. They are so beautifully illustrated. My son likes the Snowmen at Night story, and my daughter loves The Stranger In The Woods which is the photographic book about the deer and snowman. : )

Sharon m

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Love snowmen books!

S Faith

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Great ideas…thank you!

Brittany

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Thanks for your post!

Jessie Peckens

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My kids love snow! We will have to check some of these out!

Vanessa Ast

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So cute!

Anne hatke

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Thanks for a great list! “We love snowman’s story and stranger in the woods.

Laura

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Love to have lists of books to try out!

Leigha

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Great post!

Jennifer Haig

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Such cute books, thanks for sharing!

Stacy Matheson

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Great book suggestions

Karen

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Looks Great. Thanks

Rachel

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Thanks for this!

I love this list! Going to the library soon!

Julie

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these look great!

Jessica

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Great books! My girls love reading about snow since we rarely get any in East Texas.

Ashley

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What a great list!

Beth

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Wonderful list!

Sherry Whaley

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These books look like what my girls would really enjoy.

Sarah Ter Maat

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I like this list. It is very fitting for a Wisconsin winter; we just got a foot of snow!

Gail Timmer

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Thank you for this list. My students love the snow and we get it so infrequently they get excited by snow stories!

Jessica

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Great list. I am going to have to get snowmen at night per everyone’s recommendation.

Mel

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Great list! Thank you

Dana Martin

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Great list!

Jenny Meyer

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Great list!
Thank you!

Christina

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Our kids love Sneezy the Snowman!

Claire

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Oh, I need to find the Snow Rabbit! So cute!

Nicolette Maxey

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Snowmen at night is such a cute book. We wish for snow in SC!

Erica

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Love this list!

Katrina R.

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What a great list. My kids would love any book about snowmen.

jill

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Fantastic list!!

Dawn P

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Great list, thanks

Amber Gleaves

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My kids are obsessed with snowmen at night!

Abigail's Mommy

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These are great suggestions.

Melanie

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Snowmen At Night and Stranger in the Woods have been two of our favorites. Looking forward to checking out some of these others!

Angie

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What a great list! We live in Texas so we have to read about snowmen instead of building them😊⛄️

Kim S.

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My 5th grader will even look through picture books and make up her own text. Creativity and imagination are good things at any age!

Robin E.

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Kim,
This fall I checked out a large stack of Wordless Picture Books and then had my kids (8th, 6th, and 4th grades) each choose one and write a story to go with the illustrations. It was our favorite writing assignment all fall!

We *love* _The Snowman_ and _Snowmen at Night_! Can’t wait to read the rest!

Robin E.

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Thank you for the reviews for The Snowman and Snowmen at Night, Cara!

Caran

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Great list. Can’t wait to read them.

Teah

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These look very cute for my preschooler at home.

Jennifer

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Great list! We have a few of these in our personal library.

Francine

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What a lovely diversity of titles and concise synopsis of each. I will definitely be checking our local library for some of these!

Robin E.

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Francine,
Have fun with these titles!

Dawn

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Really enjoying the ALL ABOUT SPELLING program. Wish I had started it from the beginning with all my children.

Julaine

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Thank you for your insight into APD. It is most helpful.

Tara

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Thanks so much for this list. One of my favorites is snowmen at night. I hope to check out some of these books from our library.

dorinda Turner

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My son loves Stranger in the Woods. He loves the real life photos of the animals and last year while visiting Gatlinburg, TN we just happened to stop at a visitor center in the Smoky Mountains and the authors were there and we were able to get a personalized signed copied of the book as well. :)

Robin E.

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What an amazing experience, Dorinda, all the better because it was unplanned!

Jennifer

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My kids love The Snowman book! This is a great list and we look forward to reading all these books.

We love reading seasonal picture books each day. My 10 year old still enjoys me reading picture books to him!

Robin E.

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Cathy,
Good for you and your son. So many people assume picture books are only for little kids, but very often the vocabulary and sentence structure of picture books is advanced and educational for much older kids. Besides, they are fun and often beautiful to look at.

Karen

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Thanks for all of the book recommendations!

Veronica Perrington

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Thank you for this wonderful list! It’s so tough to wade through all the library holiday options!

Robin E.

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Veronica,
I agree. Some options aren’t worth the time, and some gems are easy to miss. I hope this list helps you find lots of gems!

Laura

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These are amazing! Thank you!

Tina

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I just started using AAS and my boys can’t get enough!!

Ruth

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Great reading suggestions!

Ashley Fisher

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Thanks for the book suggestions!

Donna

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We love all about spelling!

Donna

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I love all about spelling!

Amanda Ritter

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Thank you for the list!

Ruschelle

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What great suggestions! Perfect timing for winter and snuggling up to read a book together.

Debra G.

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This is a great list of books! Thanks for the recommendations! I can already picture myself reading some of these all cuddled on the couch with my girls!

Amy

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Love these suggestions!

Brit

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I love having book suggestions! As the mom, I have to be interested in what our children are reading to keep me motivated also – I get tired of reading the same story over and over – I like to experience new adventures too!

Monica Hielema

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Thank you for providing a fabulous list of winter, snowmen, books!

Tara S.

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Fun list to check out! Thank you for your programs – they have been great for my kids.

Kelly

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We are loving our AAS and AAR courses this year. And this handy list makes it easy to complete the “Read aloud to your student for 20 minutes!”

Robin E.

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We strive to make it as easy for you as we can, Kelly!

Laura B

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Great list, thank you!

Tara Segrave

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Really handy list, thanks!

Ramona

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This is a wonderful list. I wish I had known about Marie Rippel when my grandson was in elementary. He is in 8th grade now, and hates spelling. I am not sure where to start with him or how to motivate him.

Robin E.

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Ramona,
We recommend that struggling spellers of any age start with level 1 to build a strong foundation in spelling.

All About Spelling is a building block program with each level building upon the previous one. The rules and concepts learned in Level 1 are applied in Level 2, and then those are applied in Level 3, and so on. Placement for spelling is based on the student’s knowledge of spelling rules and concepts rather than grade level, reading level, or the words a student has memorized.

For example, we find that many students simply memorize easy words like “cat” and “kid” but have no idea why one uses a C and the other uses a K, or that the same rules that apply to these words also apply to higher level words such as “concentrate.” Other students switch letters or leave out letters entirely. This usually occurs because they don’t know how to hear each sound in the word. Level 1 has specific techniques to solve these problems.

The article Which Spelling Level Should We Start With? has more information on the concepts taught in level 1 and will help you decide the appropriate starting level.

Level 2 of AAS focuses on learning the syllable types, when they are used and how they affect spelling. This information is foundational for higher levels of spelling. Three syllable rules are introduced in Level 2, and then more in Level 3 and up. For this reason, we don’t recommend starting higher than level 2.

We encourage parents and teachers to “fast track” if the student knows how to spell most of the words but does not understand the underlying basic spelling concepts. In this case, very quickly skim the parts that he already knows and slow down on the parts that he needs to learn. Pull out several words as examples. Make sure he understands the concept being taught, and then move on. This blog article has a good example of how you might fast track.

As for motivation, many older students that struggle with spelling are naturally motivated as they work through All About Spelling. They find learning the reliable rules, patterns, and whys of spelling give them the tools to be successful and that confidence is a very motivating thing.

I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have further questions. We have had great reports from parents and tutors using All About Spelling with teens.

Jen Isbell

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I really appreciate the book lists that you compile for us. The printable pdfs are wonderful!

Sherry Salter

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This is a great list. Thanks for the reviews.

D Hodzi

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Great list of books and activities. Looking forward to some winter fun with the kids.

C. Webb

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I put a hold on Amadi’s Snowman at our library. Thanks for the recommendation.

Misty

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These books look great! We always need new recommendations.

Kara

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My kids love All About Spelling! And, they’re doing so well! We are about to start Level 2 and I can tell, my kids won’t have an issue with spelling. :)

Krista

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I love this list! It has reminded me of some books I was read as a child and also some new ones. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Krista. It’s wonderful to share the books we loved as children with our own children.

Jana

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I love it when you leave book ideas to read to the kids!

Susan

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Thanks for the great picks.

CClement

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My kids favorite snow man book is Snow What Fun by Cheryl Hawkinson.

Robin E.

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Thanks for this recommendation!

Julia Herro

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What a great booklist! Brigg’s The Snowman and Buehners’ Snowmen at Night are two of our absolute favorites in our house! We’ll be checking out the others for sure! Thank you!

Ong

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These resources are very useful for the struggling readers in my class.

Taryn

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Stranger in the Woods is a favorite at our house, too :)

Kendra

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Being in Texas, we just have to imagine snow most of the time….fun book list to explore with the kids. :)

Robin E.

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I completely understand, Kendra, as we live in southern Arizona. But it’s fun and educational to read about “foreign” things. :D

Jeana

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Snowmen sound fun to learn and read about.

Emilie

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What a great list! Snowmen at Night is a big favorite in our house!

Heather

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Wow, these look like such neat stories. I will have to check them out. Thank you for the suggestions. I love books and am a big book hoarder. My husband keeps telling me to get rid of some books, but I can’t, lol. Thank you

Robin E.

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I know what you mean, Heather! It makes me ridiculously pleased to hear people say, “Wow, you have a lot of books,” when they come into my home for the first time.

Holly

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Thank you for this great winter list! Stranger in the Woods is a favorite!

Rebecca Williams

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What cute books and interesting ideas!

Michelle

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The Biggest, Best Snowman is well loved by all four of my children! (And Me!)

Robin E.

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Thank you for the recommendation, Michelle. A book must be good if four siblings and mom all love it!

Cathey

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I use several of these titles in my classroom.

Robin E.

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You must have a lovely classroom library, Cathey!

Veronica

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We own some of these great read aloud. My children look forward to them every winter.

Sally

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Our kids love snowmen at night :)

Julie

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Snowmen at night is one of my kids favourite! We keep it in the Christmas box and bring it out every year

Molly

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These look so fun, thank you!

Kayla

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Thank you for the list! It makes lesson planning so much easier :)

Christine Baird

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We just returned The Snowman Story. Wordless books are a favorite of ours.

Robin E.

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Christine,
Wordless books are a special thing. They are books, but they are also art that tells a story. We love them in our home too.

Michelle McGrath

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We’ve been loving book recommendations for each season! Thanks

Melody

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My boys and I have been enjoying reading these books! Thanks for the list!

Niki Van

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Thanks for this great post and book list!

Kara

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Snowmen at Night is a favorite in our household. Love finding the hidden pictures and the story!What a great list thank you!

Robin E.

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Kara,
I think hidden picture books are always a hit, but a good story makes it even better. Enjoy!

Dawn

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We love Snowmen at Night!

Dawn

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All About Spelling is a wonderful blessing. We have made SIGNIFICANT progress in level 1 after trying many other spelling programs. This is the only Orton-Gillingham method program I have found that is simple enough to use.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Dawn. We are very happy to hear that your student has been able to make such significant progress with just the first level, and that our program as been both simple and effective.

Jessica

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Thank you. I have appreciated all the book lists and activities you have shared. We have fun using them!

KK

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Wonderful collection of books.

Julie

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What snowmen do at night is one of my favorite (and the kids) Christmas poetic stories. IT’S just so cute, funny and so nice to read in its rhyming stanza form. I switched to All about spelling this year it y 3rd grader and also all about reading for my kindergarten and just couldn’t be happier it the programs! THANKS for making such user friendly, engaging material that can be work at individual paces!

Robin E.

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Thank you for the mini-review of Snowmen At Night, Julie. I’m happy to hear that All About Spelling and All About Reading have been such good fits for you and your children this year.

Truly the best spelling program out there. My daughter said,”this program makes her understand why the words are spelled the way they are”

Robin E.

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Thank you, Dorothy! Knowing the “why” of spelling is both satisfying and useful for spelling success.

Victoria Lemp

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Yeah! I luv to do snowmen in January for something different. There are so many new to use books for this coming Jan. that I didn’t know about! Thanks!

Robin E.

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Victoria,
January does seem like a snowman-ish month. I hope you find some new favorites in this list!

Jessica Valind

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I downloaded the list and we’ll be heading to the library tomorrow.

Karen Billar

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Cute!

Ku'uipo

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We love all about spelling!

Lori

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Thanks for this list! My son is really enjoying All About Reading and I can already tell an improvement in his reading from August to December!

Amy

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Love all of your ideas!

Diane

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Look forward to reading a few of these, thanks!

Thank you. I often look for winter books and haven’t seen most of these which look like most of them are good for all winter and not just Chirstmas.

Robin E.

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Suanna,
Yes, these books are for enjoying all winter long.

Jessica Magyar

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These look like great books

Ashley

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Great list!

Marcie

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Thanks for the book list!

Andrea

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Lots of great choices

Aimee

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Thank you for all the choices and valuable emails.

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Aimee!

Kristen Lyons

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Thanks for the great choices!!

Michelle

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Caralyn Buehner has a few other snowmen books that are fun. The First Day of Winter is a sweet, simple snowman picture book.

Robin E.

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Thank you for the recommendation, Michelle.

Cbennett

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We love stranger in the woods.

Robin E.

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My family does too! Having wildlife photography as illustrations in a picture book is a nice change-up, and the story is sweet too.

Rebecca Harris

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Love the diversity in this selection!!

Robin E.

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Thank you for noticing, Rebecca. We hope there is something for everyone to enjoy.

J

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I love this book list. Great for my multiple aged kiddos!

Robin E.

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Yes! There is something in this list for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Brenda

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Thank you!

Amber

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My daughter really likes snowmen. Thanks for the list.

Jill Baker-Isom

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We love the books!

Lindsey

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Thanks for the list. I love new book suggestions.

Sherrie Payne

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Thank you for the downloadable reading list! I am looking forward to reading these with my daughter!

Mary S

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I love your book lists! It can be difficult to find good picture books to enjoy. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Mary.

Annie Bleuer

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I love books!

Marianella Queiruga

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Wonderful books! Thank you for the list.

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Marianella! I hope you enjoy them.

Regina

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Thank you for this invaluable resource!!!

Cathy

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Thank you for the list!

Titilayo

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A beautiful book to teach children here in Nigeria about snow and how exciting it is. Considering the fact that it’s also a season’s product.

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