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Snow Many Books!

Little Mole’s Wish written and illustrated by Sang-gŭn Kim

Little Mole has no friends since moving to a new home so he molds a snowball into a bear, wishing that it will come to life.

Snow Globe Wishes by Erin Dealey

After the worst snowstorm of the year, a young girl wishes on a snow globe that everyone will come out to play and share a dream of peace.

Peep and Ducky: It’s Snowing! By David Martin

What could be a more perfect toddler adventure? When the snow starts to fall, Peep and Ducky climb into their sleds for a race, landing happily on each other after hitting a bump. Then they’re on to building a snowman. But when the top half crashes, someone kicks snow and both friends get mad . . . until they crack each other up.

Good-bye, Winter! Hello, Spring! Written and illustrated by Kauo Iwamura

While out exploring Mick, Mack, and Molly take a ride on a fallen log and learn how the snow melts and ends up in the rivers and lakes and eventually in the sky.

Croc & Turtle: Snow Fun! Written and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Best friends Croc and Turtle want to play together, but Croc only wants to do exciting things outside in the cold and Turtle wants to stay safe and warm inside.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

After hearing about winter from his friends, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake to experience its wonders.

Snow sisters! By Kerri Kokias

Two sisters enjoy a snow day in their own unique ways, apart and then together.

Captain’s Log: Snowbound by Erin Dionne

Excited to give his report on explorer Ernest Shackleton in school, and frustrated by a monstrous snowstorm that has left his family and city snowbound, a boy imagines himself on a voyage where he and his crew (his family) are trapped by the ice, just like his favorite explorer and the ship Endurance.

Little Owl’s Snow written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl looks forward to his first snowfall.

All Right Already!: a Snowy Story by Jory John

SNOW DAY! Duck is super excited and can’t wait to play in the snow with his best friend, Bear. Bear isn’t excited about playing with Duck, or going out in the snow. As always, he’d rather stay inside, where it’s warm and cozy. But can Bear resist his persistent friend? If so, who will play in the snow with poor Duck?!

Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat

The heartwarming tale of one little lamb’s first snowy adventure.

Snow Scene by Richard Jackson

A playful guessing game set in a snowy landscape.

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

A photographic picture book about the wonder of snowfall and the winter water cycle.

Make frost on a can experiment: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/how-to-make-frost-can-winter-science/

Frozen oobleck: https://inspirationlaboratories.com/frozen-oobleck/

Experiment with fake snow recipes: https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/fake-snow-stem-experiment/

Making ice grow: https://teachpreschool.org/2014/07/18/fun-with-frozen-making-ice-grow/



Bear is awake!: an alphabet story written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

An alphabet book in which a bear wakes unexpectedly in the middle of winter, and meets a young girl who tries to figure out what he is supposed to be doing.

William Wakes Up by Linda Ashman

William asks his animal friends, one after another, to awake from hibernation and prepare a celebration for a special friend who has been away all winter.

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

A cozy winter bedtime story, featuring a boy and animal characters, that touches on the concept of hibernation.

Hush Up and Hibernate! By Sandra Markle

Winter is coming and it’s time for black bears to hibernate; however, a black bear cub is making excuses to Mama Bear to try to avoid the inevitable.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

After hearing about winter from his friends, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake to experience its wonders.

Sleep Tight, Little Bear written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Little Bear insists on saying good night to all of his special forest friends before settling down in his warm and cozy den for a long winter’s sleep next to his mother.

Are You Sure, Mother Bear? By Amy Hest

On the first night of winter, Little Miss Bear will not go to sleep. She simply refuses. “Winter is for sleeping,” Mother Bear tells her. “But why, Mother?” Little Miss asks. “Because that is what bears do. All bears sleep, all winter long.” All winter long is much too long for Little Miss Bear. She is going to miss her stars and her moon, and she is going to miss rolling on hills. Most of all, she is going to miss Mother Bear. But Mother finds a special way to assure her that they will all be there waiting for her the stars, the moon, the hills, and especially Mother Bear when she wakes in the spring.

Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! Written and illustrated by Aaron Blecha

It’s time for Grizzle Grump the bear to hibernate, and he can’t wait to sleep. Just when he thinks he’s found the perfect quiet spot… WHAT’S ALL THAT NOISE? The woodland creatures just won’t let Grizzle Grump get some peace and quiet! Will Grizzle Grump ever find the perfect place for his long winter snooze?

Sleepover With Beatrice & Bear by Mônica Carnesi

Beatrice the bunny wants to share winter with her best friend, Bear, but he will be busy hibernating.

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead

Bear, with the help of his animal friends, remembers the story he had hoped to tell before the onset of winter.

The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks

At the end of the day a little boy falls asleep as his mama reads about a bear hibernating.

Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

Rhyming text and pictures introduce a variety of animals as they try to snuggle in to sleep.


Sleep, Bear! By Shelby Alinsky

A bear awakens from hibernation at the end of winter to eat different things during the spring and summer, only to return to sleep at the end of autumn.

Keeping warm in winter – blubber experiment: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/blubber-gloves/

Hibernation Station printable: : https://www.lilcountrylibrarian.com/2011/01/all-aboard-hibernation-station.html

Animals in Winter

Animals in Winter Martha E. H. Rustad

Snow falls, animals hibernate, and people bundle up, it’s winter! Check out all the changes that come with longer nights and colder temperatures.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

A fox wonders how he should prepare for the coming winter, but what other animals advise will not work for him until another fox comes to his aid.

Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Edwards

Copycub, who imitates everything that his mother bear does, follows her to their den when winter comes and snow begins to fall.

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. “There’s room for two–I’m sure we’ll fit.” The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full.

Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

One cold morning, a lonely boy wishes for something to do. Then someone comes to play who knows what winter is all about.

Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

Before curling up with his mother in their cozy den, Baby Bear counts other animals preparing for winter.

Hibernating bear craft: /http://ttcrafts.com/bear-craft-for-preschoolers/

Build a cave engineering activity: https://kidssteamlab.com/preschool-engineering-activity-for-kids/

Winter adaptations guide: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/3643/files/2013/09/Winter-Adaptations-I-168fn9g.pdf


The Long Sleepover

Ridiculous by Michael Coleman

Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen

How ridiculous would it be if an animal who was supposed to hibernate, didn’t? You can enjoy finding the answer to that question by reading Ridiculous!

The book by Jane Yolen reveals what animals besides Black Bear are hibernating.

For additional activities, try http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/hibernation.html or http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/hibernation.html

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How Do Chickens Stay Warm?

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Talk about how Minerva’s friends stayed warm by putting their beaks under their wings. Have the children try putting their own “beaks” under their “wings”. If you have a stuffed chicken, place it in a “nest” with “bedding.” Chickens can stay warm by eating a bedtime snack, and they may not have lips, but their caretakers can use petroleum jelly on their combs and wattles to keep them from “chapping.”

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