Millions of Snowflakes. Written by Mary McKenna Siddals. Illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles. (1998).
A sweet, rhyming, counting tale featuring a young girl and her dog playing in the snow. The small book is perfect for tiny hands. The pastel illustrations start out small as well, but slowly expand to use the full page. Just lovely.
Pip & Squeak. Written and illustrated by Ian Schoenherr. (2010).
Pip & Squeak are headed to a party for Gus on a very snowy day, but they forget to bring their gift (of delicious cheese) with them. They look around them for another present to pick up along their way. Short sentences, colorful full-page illustrations, and cute mice make this a hit with toddlers!
Red Sled. Written by Patricia Thomas. Illustrated by Chris Demarest. (2008).
A simple book, told in short rhymes, about a father and son sledding trip. This would be a good book for for early readers to read themselves as well.
Snow. Written and Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. (1998).
On a cold gray, day, a young boy spots a falling snowflake. Everyone tells him it won’t really snow (“No Snow, said Radio.”), but he believes. Frances loves to find the individual falling snowflakes, and the eventual white-out will give the fervent Snow Day wisher hope! This book was a (well-deserved) Caldecott Honor Book in 1999.
The Snowy Day. Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. (1962).
The classic children’s book about young Peter’s adventures in the snow. Great, colorful collage illustrations, simple, perfect storytelling. This is one of my absolute favorite children’s books – and it won the Caldecott Medal in 1963.
This Place in the Snow. Written and Illustrated by Rebecca Bond. (2004).
An appealing tale of the elaborate snow world a group of neighborhood children created after a big storm. I love Bond’s swirling, curvy illustrations and lyrical text. This is the wordiest of all the books I’m suggesting. Nothing crazy, but if you have a toddler with a short attention span for books, try the others first!
Toddler Reads are aimed at children 0-3. All of these books have been Frances-approved.