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Winter Snow Stories

It's the season for snow stories, one of my favorite themes of the year, it's actually hard for me to pick just 4 books to share with each story hour!

Welcome - Try creating a routine by using the same song, rhyme or finger play to start each story time meeting. Like this one using your hands . . . 

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Give a little - clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Put them in your lap

Story 1 - Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Action Rhyme - Make a Snowman

snow and make a ball (mine making a snow ball)
Make a snowman round and tall (use your hands to shape outline of snowman)
Coal for buttons (point to buttons down your shirt)
Coal for eyes (point to your eyes)
There he stands and looks so wise (sit up tall, hands on hips)

Story 2 - Big Snow by Jonathan Bean

Song - To the Tune of Frere Jacques

Stand up and spin and dance while singing. Echo songs like this are easy for kids to pick up on.

Dance like snowflakes
Dance like snowflakes
In the air
In the air
Whirling, Twirling snowflakes
Whirling, Twirling snowflakes
Here and there
Here and there

Story 3 - Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan

Literacy Tip - Did you know that playing together in the snow can help your child learn to read? It's true! They can write letters in the snow with a stick, tell the story of how to build a snowman or develop vocabulary by talking together about what you see and do. Playing is learning!

Finger Play - Snowmen on My Sled (A spin on 5 Little Monkeys)

Five little snowmen riding on my sled
One rolled off and bumped his head
I called Frosty and Frosty said,
“No more snowmen riding on the sled!”

Four little snowmen . . .
Three little snowmen . . .
Two little snowmen . . .
One little snowman . . .

Story 4 - Snow Sounds by David Johnson

Closing - Close with the same song or rhyme each week. Perhaps one that encourages cleaning up the story time area to transition to craft time, like this . . . 

Clean up, clean up

Everybody, everywhere

Clean up, clean up

Everybody do your share!

Here are some more great winter and snow themed stories you might use:


  • Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Barton
  • Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
  • Making a Friend by Alison McGhee
  • Baby Loves Winter by Karen Katz
  • Red Sled by Lita Judge
  • The Snowy Day by Komako Sakai
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
  • A Perfect Day by Carin Berger
What are some of your favorite winter stories, rhymes and songs? Chip in and leave a comment!




Winter Theme Storytime

While looking ahead for planning our Head Start Storytime Tuesdays, I found this great wealth of resources on Perry Public Library's website.


Snow Themed Storytime

We did Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root and It's Winter by Jimmy Pickering.  The kids loved both of those.

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