From building a snowman to having a snowball fight to skiing and snowboarding to sledding, snow provides endless amounts of fun!
Snow is a form of precipitation, or moisture that falls from the sky when it is especially cold. Other forms of precipitation include rain, hail, and sleet. Snow is made up of many ice crystals that are joined together.
Wilson Bentley, an American farmer who lived from 1865-1931, was the first person to study snowflakes in great detail. He absolutely loved snow, even as a child. His mother gave him a microscope as a young boy and he used it to look at raindrops, blades of grass, flowers, and best of all snowflakes. Upon looking at these snowflakes for some time he was surprised to find that no two were alike. He thought it was a shame that these snowflakes would just melt, leaving no trace of their beauty behind so he decided to come up with a way to preserve their lovely designs. One day his parents spent their savings on a microscope that could take photographs for him. He became known as the Snowflake Man, the world’s expert on snow. You can check out his biography, Snowflake Bentley here at the library.
Also, take a look at these other fantastic books about snow.
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales by Jane Drake and Ann Love
Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino
Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro