Winter is a time for playing outside: making snow angels, building a snowman- and then coming inside for a cup of hot chocolate and a great book. My first choice for a great winter read? Snowballs by Lois Ehlhert.
Quote: “We’d been waiting for a really big snow, saving good stuff in a sac. Finally it was a perfect snowball day”.
Thoughts: I can’t emphasize enough how much I love this book. The beautiful collage textures and the fun characters revealed as a snowman family is formed is captivating. This is one of those books that can be pulled out year after year without getting tiring. This book is great for many ages and children will enjoy spotting the different materials the artist uses.
Application: The best part is that this book creates the perfect segue into a fun art project decorating your own snowmen with found objects. You can have students decorate their snowmen with obects they have collected, or magazine cutouts for a low-mess project. Incorporate literacy by having students describe their snowman, or by labeling the different objects they are made of. If you would like to do this activity I have a free template you can download here.