When my son was young he had a serious snowmen obsession. We read oodles of snowmen books. So, I’ve got you covered on the snow front. Let’s dig into snowmen books and activities to pair with them. Bring on the books for kids.
Snowmen Books for Kids
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Perfectly imperfect is just the snowman that a young child builds in this wintertime read that would be great to read before heading out to build a snowman. Check out I’m Going to Build a Snowman by Jashar Awan.
We loved the Snowmen series by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. The stories are clever and cute and the illustrations are absolutely wonderful. There are even a few hidden items in each picture spread as an extra bonus activity. Start with Snowmen at Night.
Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand is a beautiful wordless book. It is the story of a snowman who comes to life and reads to his new friends. While he sleeps, a little bunny pops out of his hat and takes his book. The chase begins to hunt down the book and they find that it’s being put to good use. In the end, everyone gets to enjoy the book!
For another wordless pick, try this next classic book. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is a wordless book which is one of the reasons I love to use it with preschoolers. It’s a great way to get little ones to study the illustrations and build their language skills by describing the story.
Making a Friend by Alison McGhee tells of the changes a snowman deals with as the weather warms. These changes include melting and turning to fog only to return as snow again the next winter just in time to build a new snowman friend.
Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright is the story of a snowman who is just so cold that he tries to warm himself up, but what do you think happens to a snowman if it gets warm? —->Check out these Sneezy the Snowman Activities.
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert is a beautiful book that shows that your imagination + found objects + packed snow= a whole snow family. I just love Lois Ehlert’s work.
Get ready to practice some math in 100 Snowmen by Jen Arena. How do snowmen have fun? Perhaps a snowball fight?
Get ready to discover a snowman in the woods along with the forest animals in Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick.
Raccoon’s Perfect Snowman by Katia Wish is the story of a resourceful raccoon who takes snowman building very seriously. But, all the forest friends don’t have the resources they need to build their own snowmen because raccoon has used all the best items and snow! But, raccoon learns a really important lesson about working together with friends.
It’s a snowy day in the woods when some woodland friends spot a glob of snow with objects sticking on it. They collect these strange items and use them for all sorts of things including a dinner party for neighbors. After their creative day, they return the items to where they found them more or less. Read One Snowy Morning by Kevin Tseng and then grab my Book Dive to go with the book.—>One Snowy Morning Book Dive
Books About Snowmen Printable List
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Here are a few of the snowmen literacy activities to continue the fun. First up is this super adorable felt snowman my mom made for Christmas. Head over to her blog to see how she did it. We use it to build oral language skills by describing body parts and accessories.
We’ve also been singing this little tune we made up to practice beginning sounds.
There Was a Snowman in Our Yard
(to the tune “Old McDonald Had a Farm”)
Note: The letter between the slashes represents the sound for that letter.
There was a snowman in our yard.
Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow
And on our snowman was a hat.
/h/ /h//h/ /h/ /h/
With a /h/ /h/ here and a /h/ /h/ there
Here a /h/, there a /h/ everywhere a /h/ /h/
There was a snowman in our yard
On a wintry day!
Repeat replacing the bold print with other items such as nose, button, mouth, etc. and their beginning sound.
And, try these other snowmen and snow themed ideas.
Snowmen Counting Book (printable emergent reader)
Do you have a favorite snowman book or activity? We’d love to explore some new books and activities. Please share your ideas in the comments.
*This post first appeared on January 14, 2013 and has since been updated.