Chilly toes and frosty fingers? These five snowman books are sure to warm every preschooler’s heart!
Snowman Books for Preschoolers
Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams
Who-who-who is in the woods? That’s what the woodland animals want to know! The beautiful photography of Carl R. Sams is a delight for the eyes, while the story text is simple enough for even the very young preschoolers to follow.
Extending the Learning: The snowman at the end of the story has tasty treats for the creatures that find him. If you have snow, making your own snowman like the one in the book is a great idea. If not, pine cone bird feeders are an easy way to get some hands-on learning in less snowy climates!
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
No words necessary for this beautifully illustrated story. This book is a great way to let children tell their own story as they examine the soft hues of the detailed pictures. It also sneaks in some sequencing practice as the children tell you what happens first, then next, then at the end.
Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner
Snowmen come to life in this enchanting tale! They become dentists, snowplow drivers, mechanics and more. The magical illustrations are a fun new way to discuss the different kinds of jobs that people have in the community.
Extending the Learning: Add a warm winter theme to your dramatic play center with a hot drink theme. Or wrap your blocks in wintery printed wrapping paper so they can construct wintery scenes!
Snowzilla by Janet Lawler
Cami and her brother build a gigantic snowman – so huge that the city eventually finds it to be a nuisance! The citizens of the town work together (and using a variety of problem-solving skills!) to find a solution and move Snowzilla to a better spot. When summer comes, Snowzilla melts and Cami vows to build a bigger, better snowman the next year. Students will love the lilting rhymes and amusing pictures as well as the unusual story!
A Really Good Snowman by Daniel J. Mahoney
Sibling rivalry is a constant battle with young children. Daniel J. Mahoney addresses the conflict between younger and older siblings. Jack has a pesky younger sister, that always wants to tag along, even to the snowman building contest. Jack discovers that teams can only have three contestants. There’s no room for his sister, Nancy! However, Jack notices that bullies are bothering Nancy and mocking her efforts at a snowman. Even though it means losing the contest, Jack comes to her rescue.
Extending the learning: Discuss the different kinds of snowmen in this book. Are they all the same? Follow it with an easy art activity making snowmen! Either practice scissor skills cutting out circles, or use pre-cut for smaller hands. Set out an invitation to play using the circles, scraps of fabric, wallpaper, buttons, and all those odd little bits that you saved “just because.” Students will want to make more than one!
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