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When the weather gets too chilly to play outside, snuggle up with your toddler for a read-aloud story session.
Not only will this keep your tot busy, but it will build her emergent literacy skills and even introduce her to basic science concepts.
Before grabbing the first book on the library’s shelf, consider some of these easy-to-read options that will engage your child and teach her a thing or two about the snowy season!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – You may remember this one from your own childhood. Published in 1962, The Snowy Day is a Caldecott Award-winning book that chronicles a young boy’s explorations and activities on a snow-filled day. The simple collage-style illustrations will draw your toddler in and get her thinking about what she would do on her own snowy day.
Dream Snow by Eric Carle – Like The Snowy Day, Dream Snow also features collage-style illustrations. This vibrant Eric Carle read focuses on a Santa look-alike farmer who dons a red suit and brings gifts to his animals.
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit – A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na- Not only does this book focus on snow, but it also introduces animals. While your child is keeping warm inside your house she can learn about what her animal friends do to keep cozy during the snowy months.
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert – With creative collages of snow people, Ehlert’s Snowballs will grab your toddler’s attention. The book also features a science focus, helping young children to learn about the changes in the weather.
Clifford’s First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell – Join the big red dog (as a puppy) on his first trip out into the snow. The beloved character will take your child on a winter-filled journey.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs – Even though this book doesn’t have any words, the pictures will tell the tale for your toddler. As you page through this story ask your child what the boy is doing (he’s building a snowman!) or to point to the winter weather on the pages.
Cleo in the Snow by Stella Blackstone and Caroline Mockford – Cleo the cat goes out into the snow! The Bold colors and simple shapes will catch your toddler’s inquisitive eyes.
Frozen Noses by Jan Carr and Dorothy Donohue – The child characters in this rhyming story go outside to explore the joys of winter. They make snowballs, go ice skating and play through a snowy day.
Bright Baby Touch and Feel by Roger Priddy – Encourage your toddler to explore through her senses while reading this book. She can look at the bold pictures with bright colors as she reaches out to feel the different textures. Featuring a winter theme, this toddler-friendly book includes pictures of a snowman and snowflakes.
Ready for Winter by Marthe Jocelyn – With simple pictures, this book will help your toddler to pick out what she should wear during the winter months. Starting with trading in pajamas for day clothes, this book goes through choices that answer the questions, “What should I wear on a chilly day?”