It’s early morning. The phone rings. It’s Ms. Caron calling from Brookwood with the announcement all school children wait for during the winter. It’s a SNOW DAY!!
Such days, true treasures in kid world, are made for playing in the falling white flakes, making snow people, building forts, burrowing out caves, catching snow flakes on tongues, and waving arms and legs to make angels. And after the fun in the snow is done and ruddy cheeked children come indoors to dry off and warm up, few things are better than curling up with some books that keep the snow day fun going.
Brookwood Librarian Sheila Geraty offers a collection titles tailor-made for snow day reading for Lower School children.
The list couldn’t begin with any book other than the Caldecott Award-winning classic by Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day. Young Peter wakes up to a world of snowy white, puts on his red snowsuit, and runs outside where the funbegins.
Blizzard, by John Rocco, tells the story of a wintery day when the snow did … not … stop! Complete with a map of an adventurous trip throughthe neighborhood, the story follows one brave boy as he goes to Bill’s store to pick up rations for the neighborhood.
Then there’s Snowflake Bentley, a Caldecott Award winner by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, which tells the tale of Wilson Bentley whose camera would one day reveal the magical beauty of snowflakes.
A favorite of Brookwood students, Supertruck, by Stephen Savage, follows a garbage truck sneak into a garage, take on a new identity, and plow an entire snow-bound city.
Here are some other suggestions from Mrs. Geraty:
Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino
Big Snow by Jonathan Bean
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
“These books, perfect for young readers, are sure to delight, spark imaginations, and fill minds with thoughts of the fun and adventure a special day like a snow day offers,” Sheila says.