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Read Right Now! Winter

02/02/2021 | Online Storytime, Holidays & Seasons

A Poem for Peter

The Snowy Day, published in 1962, has been a wintertime favorite now for more than 50 years. It is the story of a small boy exploring his neighborhood on a snowy day. He sees all of his familiar landmarks covered in a thick blanket of snow. He puts on a warm snowsuit, he makes snowballs, he builds a snowman, he listens to his boots crunch in the snow, he slides down a big pile of wonderful snow, and follows it all with a warm bath before putting his snow day to bed. The story captures all the wonderful things experienced with all five senses when we wake up to a snow-covered morning. In the city, in the country, on a school day, or a snow day-off day, fresh snow is a thrilling experience!

You can check out The Snowy Day with your IndyPL Library card as a print book, a downloadable audiobook, or DVD. You can also listen right now to this animated version of The Snow Day expertly and wonderfully read aloud by composer, poet, and artist, Napoleon Maddox. You can learn more about this storytime classic in A Poem for Peter: the Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snow Day.

Here are more stories you can listen to online about the many wonders and excellent adventures to experience in snow, ice, and winter.

FREE Online e-Books and Video Read Alouds:

Brave IreneThe Snowy DayHenry Holton Takes the IceThe Night Before the Snow DayLittle Owl's SnowSnow Much Fun!Friendly Frosty MonstersThe MittenIsItColdOutsideA Blanket of SnowIts Winter

More FREE Online Reading:

Printables, Crafts & More:

Winter Ice SkateWinter Color HatsWinter Let It Snow


Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or text a librarian at 317 333-6877.

  • Winter and snow e-books and audiobooks from Axis 360
  • Winter and snow e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive Kids

Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or text a librarian at 317 333-6877.

It's Cold, But It's Snow Much Fun! 26 Winter Favorites for Kids

It's true, there's no day like a snow day! Go out and play, and then cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a stack of these favorite winter tales. #indyplkids

Snow Globe Wishes

Dealey, Erin

On an evening when the weather report predicts a snowstorm and the first flakes are beginning to fall, the wind starts to blow, the lights go out, and parents are late getting home. All of these things could seem a bit scary. Instead, what follows is the very best part of living in the blustery midwest - the lovely things that happen when snow slows us down to enjoy "a snow globe day." The morning brings a fresh blanket of snow and everyone comes out to play! After reading this one, "a snow globe day" just might enter your family's vocabulary!

The Snowy Day

Keats, Ezra Jack

This one has been a classic for more than 50 years, about a little boy in the city out on a very snowy day. Enjoy is as a video read along from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in this video animation You can also enjoy it in Spanish, as well as signed in American Sign Language at

Snow Falls

Gardner, Kate

Snow transforms a small town into a winter wonderland. A girl and her dog set out and make the most of every snow-filled moment: sledding, building snowmen and snowforts, making snowangels (and snowdogs), and drinking cocoa by a cozy fire as the snow continues to fall.