Winter’s almost here, and though our Monday storytime was met with sunshine as well as chill, we decided to dive right into cold weather reading. After our storytime stretches and some impromptu drumming from some of our young attendees, we settled down to read a classic story together.
Since its original publication in 1962, The Snowy Day has remained a winter-time favorite. Readers love to join Peter as he explores the effect of a heavy snowfall on his neighborhood. Peter’s first experience with snow will remind many adults and children of their first snow days, providing an excellent jumping off point for extension activities and questions. If reading The Snowy Day with your children, ask them simple questions about winter. What does snow look like? What does it feel like? What do they wear to go outside in the snow?
Other extension activities can include making simple snowflakes out of coffee filters, making easy “tracks” from ink fingerprints, and drawing a snowy landscape. When the first real snowfall hits, take your kids outside to explore, then read this book to them when back inside the warm house.
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Storytime is every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.