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7 Great Snow Day Reads

Bundle up and sit by the fireplace as you read one of these fun books.

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If there’s one thing Colorado kids know, it’s how to have fun in the snow. When it’s time to come in from the cold, snuggle up with these wonderful winter stories.

My Footprints

By Bao Phi; illustrated by Basia Tran (Capstone, 2019)

As a Vietnamese American girl who has two moms, Thuy feels different, and is bullied at school. One snowy day as she walks home, she channels her feelings by imagining herself as different animals and mimicking what their prints would look like. When she gets home, her moms join her in finding power through love and imagination. Recommended by Denver Public Library children’s librarian, Liesel Schmidt.

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Over and Under the Snow

By Kate Messner; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle Books, 2014)

While on a cross-country ski trip with her father, a little girl wonders how animals survive the harsh cold. Illustrations depict below-ground views of animals coping with winter. The book also includes scientific facts about animal adaptations.

Cozy

By Jan Brett (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2020)

Bestselling author of winter-themed The Mitten and The Trouble with Trolls, Jan Brett’s latest wintertime read, Cozy, is based on her trip to a musk ox farm in Alaska. The story follows a musk ox and other furry animals that burrow under his fur to keep warm through the winter.

Just So Willow

By Sara F. Shacter; illustrated by Stephanie Laberis (Sterling Publishing 2019)

Willow likes everything “just so”—neat and tidy and perfect in her mind. When snow falls, she loves seeing the crisp, white blanket across her backyard. She gets upset when she sees neighbors playing in the snow, making it a lumpy bumpy mess. In the end, she realizes that frolicking in the snow can be just as perfect, too.

A Fox Found a Box

By Ged Adamson (Schwartz and Wade, 2019)

Book specialist Pam Martin, at Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe, suggests this title about a fox who finds a radio buried in the snow. All the forest animals begin to listen; sometimes it makes them feel dreamy, while sometimes they rock out. When the radio stops working, the story becomes a meditation on learning how to pay attention to the sounds of nature.

Small Walt Spots Dot

By Elizabeth Verdick; illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Paula Wiseman Books, 2020)

Walt the snowplow and his driver Gus are plowing a parking lot when they spy a dog in need of a new home. The third book in the Small Walt series, it’s a fun read-aloud with simple text that both dog- and vehicle-loving kids will enjoy during winter months.

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The Tomten

By Astrid Lindgren; illustrated by Harald Wiberg (Puffin Books, 1997)

Based on Swedish folklore, The Tomten features a troll who makes nighttime visits to a farm to help care for the animals, and gives the inhabitants hope for spring. “After reading this book as a child, I’d greet any snowy morning with eager excitement, hoping to see the Tomten’s footprints outside our windows,” says Lara Hnizdo, library specialist at the Boulder Public Library.


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My Footprints: Capstone. Over and Under the Snow: Chronicle Books. Cozy, A Fox Found a Box, The Tomten: Penguin Random House. Just So Willow: Sterling Publishing. Small Walt Spots Dot: Simon & Schuster.

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