Books for Snowy Days

Back in the first week or so of November, the place where I live saw the first snow of the season. It didn't accumulate, but it did snow for at least a few hours, which was very unusual considering that we don't normally see any snow at all until January. Now, when it's the proper season for snow, I've yet to see any more--so instead I'll have to rely on books when I want to enjoy a snowy day!

Jolly Snow by Jane Hissey

My family has this story in a Christmas anthology, and I when I read it I instantly fell in love with Hissey's sweet tale about a group of stuffed animal friends who try to find ways to make it snow indoors. Hissey's illustrations of Old Bear, Bramwell Brown, Jolly Tall the giraffe et. al. are almost photorealistic and yet somehow remain charmingly old-fashioned. While Jolly Snow is one of a series about Old Bear and his toy friends, new readers won't have any problem diving into the story. Recommended for young readers ages 4-8.



The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

I first encountered the story of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman in the animated adaptation, which fascinated me from when I was very young. Later I discovered Briggs' original wordless picture book and was just as fascinated by his beautiful illustrations, which are all that are needed to tell the story of a young boy's nighttime adventures with the snowman he built. While this is a picture book, the ending is a little sad, so parents of sensitive children may want to preview The Snowman before sharing it. Recommended for young readers ages 4-8.



The Snowstorm by Beryl Netherclift

This is one of my family's favorite winter reads and one of our favorite books in general. If you'd like to read an in-depth review, you can find one in the Sparrow Tree Square Book Review Collection. Briefly, the plot follows three siblings who go to stay in the country with their Aunt Amethyst for the winter and find themselves involved with ghosts, time travel, and a mystery. Like Jolly Snow, this book is unfortunately out of print, but used copies are available from most major online retailers. Recommended for middle grade readers ages 8-11 and upper middle grade readers ages 11-14.