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Want to learn about snowflakes with your kids?
Below are 10 children’s books about snowflakes that cover the science, beauty, and wonder of these amazing winter crystals.
Note: For more fun and educational winter activities, see my Winter Activities for Kids page.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Jon Nelson, Ph.D. and MarkCassino
The Story of Snow was written by a photographer and a snow scientist. (How’s that for a cool job?) The authors talk about how snowflakes start as small specks in the clouds, gather ice to turn into snow crystals, then fall as snowflakes. A simple STEM activity about catching snowflakes is included at the end of the book. Nonfiction. Full-color illustrations and photographs. 36 pages. Ages 5 to 8.
Curious About Snow by Gina Shaw
Curious About Snow by Gina Shaw gets into the science and vocabulary of how snow is formed. Some of the vocabulary words include water vapor, evaporation, branching, molecules, temperature, humidity, and more. Children also learn about Wilson Bentley, how he used a camera and microscope to photograph snowflakes, and his contributions to snow science! Nonfiction. Full-color illustrations and photographs. 32 pages. Ages 6 to 8.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is a children’s biography of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the famous photographer who photographed snowflakes and proved that no two snowflakes are the same. This biography follows Bentley’s life from his childhood through adulthood, describes how he studied and photographed the snowflakes, and how he persevered even though some people scoffed at what he was doing. Nonfiction, but reads like a story. Hand-drawn illustrations. 32 pages. Ages 4 to 7.
Snowflakes in Photographs by W.A. Bentley
Wilson Bentley photographed thousands of snowflakes throughout his lifetime and sold them so scientists and other people could learn from them. Snowflakes in Photographs by Wilson Bentley was originally published in the 1930s but has been reprinted numerous times. This is a collection of 850+ of Bentley’s photos. Nonfiction. Pictorial archive. 80 pages. All ages.
Snowflakes: A Pop-Up Book by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff
Snowflakes: A Pop-Up Book by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff is a beautiful book that contains fiction and nonfiction elements. As children read through the book, there are flaps for them to lift that contain facts about snowflakes, how they are made, and who Wilson Bentley is. 7 pop-up pages. Ages 3 to 6.
Little Snowflake by Suzanne Fossey
Little Snowflake by Suzanne Fossey is a rhyming circle story told from the perspective of a snowflake. The little snowflake describes how it formed in the clouds, fell to the ground, and became a snowman. Then the snowflake describes how it melted, evaporated back to the clouds, and fell to the ground again. Fiction. Ages baby to 5 years.
The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht is a children’s book similar to Wilson Bentley’s book about snowflakes that was written in the 1930s. The Secret Life of a Snowflake describes the science of snowflakes and contains images of snowflakes taken with a modern-day camera. Nonfiction. Full-colored photographs. Ages 6 to 12.
Snowflake Science by Michael Peres
Snowflake Science by Michael Peres is a children’s activity book about snowflakes. This book contains STEM activities, arts and crafts, word puzzles, coloring pages, and more. Colored images and photographs. Ages 8 to 12.
Studying Snowflakes by Joseph Otterman
Studying Snowflakes by Joseph Otterman is a children’s book about snowflakes and how temperatures create their different shapes. Vocabulary words such as precipitation, crystal, stellar dendrite, and more are introduced. Several STEM and STEAM activities are included at the end of the book. Full-color photographs. Nonfiction. 24 pages. Ages 5 to 9.
Alicia’s Discoveries: Unique Snowflakes by Catarina Cunha
Alicia’s Discoveries: Unique Snowflakes by Catarina Cunha is a children’s book about a little girl who asks her mother where snowflakes come from. Alicia’s mother describes how ice crystals form in the clouds and how to catch snowflakes on black paper to see them better. Part of the Alicia Discoveries series. 26 pages. Ages 5 to 8.
More winter learning resources
More posts about snowflakes from Gift of Curiosity:
- Crystallized snowflakes
- Snowflake crafts for kids
- Snowflake scratch art
- Learning about snowflakes
- Glitter and craft stick snowflakes
- Snowflakes I Spy