November 8, 2011
First big snowstorm of the season predicted for tonight and tomorrow! Get in the spirit with a few snow-themed books...
For the kids
Snow by Uri Shulevitz - One of the most beautifully illustrated children's books about snow, this Caldecott-winner captures a child's excitement about the upcoming snowstorm.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian. A beautifully-illustrated biography of W.A. Bentley, who photographed thousands of snowflakes in order to study their structure.
The Mitten by Jan Brett - a retelling of the Ukrainian folktale, with Jan Brett's usual detailed and dense illustration style. Kids love finding all the things hidden on each page!
Trapped by Michael Northrop - Seven students are trapped in their high school during a blizzard, leaving them with no heat, no water, and wondering if they will survive. Filed in our "juvenile fiction" section.
Whiteout by Ken Follett- a Christmas blizzard, a biotech lab with a missing virus, jealousy and distrust - this is snow drama at its finest.
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve - After finding an abandoned child in the snow, a girl and her father are faced with a reflection on the meaning of family. Some have said this isn't Shreve's best work, but it's still a character-driven story that leaves a mark.
The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin - The true story of the deadliest snowstorm to hit the plains states, it's a story of survival in 1800s America as well as an illustration of how much difference modern science can make. Not an uplifting story, though, as the immense losses suffered by these families is heartbreaking.
Northern Exposure - No list of snow-related library items would be complete without including your librarian's favorite TV show of all time! Northern living at its "finest" with the quirky characters of Cicely, Alaska.