Blizzard! Here in New England we have some snow. Earlier this morning my son Junior measured 9 inches of it. A great day to sled, drink hot chocolate, and finish making the Valentines. I only wish we still had the library copy of Snowflake Bentley, written by Jacqueline B. Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian. Perfect reading for a day like today, Snowflake Bentley is a picture-book biography of Wilson Bentley, who was fascinated by snow as a child growing up in Vermont. He went on to invent a method for photographing individual snowflakes.
The librarian at one local elementary school uses this book to introduce first-graders to biographies, and I can see why. It's written right at their level, and the pictures, woodcut prints, won Snowflake Bentley a Caldecott Medal back in 1998. Highly recommended.
Weather update: Looks like we got 18-20 inches of the fluffy white stuff.
Camille, who blogs about children's literature at Book Moot, wrote in with recommendation: "A great book to pair with Snowflake Bentley is Walter Wick's Drop of Water. His color photographs of snowflakes are astounding." Another one for the ever-growing list! Gracias.