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Under the Snow

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Constance R. Bergum

A cozy look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a snowy day

When snow falls, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground?

Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance R. Bergum’s glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and magic that can happen under the snow.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-493-8
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-125-6
Publication Date: 10/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 9″ x 10-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.4
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre I
Lexile: AD780L
Themes: Animal Behavior, Habitats, Weather
BISAC 1: JNF037080 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Weather
BISAC 2: JNF0003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 3: JNF000000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / General

Reviews

“This beautiful picture book will complement the science curriculum and also makes for a great read aloud.” ―Booklist

“This pleasing addition is a great read-aloud for units on winter and animal habitats.” ―School Library Journal

“Readers will come away with an appreciation for the adaptability and endurance of the animal world.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Awards

Best Children’s Books of the Year (starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2010

CCBC Choices (The Natural World)―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2010

Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award Silver Honor ―California Reading Association, 2010

NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2010

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Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Selector’s Choice) ―NSTA / CBC, 2010

Charlotte Award suggested reading list (Primary)―New York State Reading Association, 2012

Charlotte Zolotow Award (Highly Commended) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2010

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Best Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2010

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Top Pick, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2010

Massachusetts Book Awards (Must-Read Children’s / Young Adult Literature) ―Massachusetts Center for the Book, 2010

Read On Wisconsin! (Primary) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2013

Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2010-2011

Cornerstones of Science Award (Nominee) ―Cornerstones of Science

Flicker Tale Children’s Book Awards (Nominee, Non-fiction Books) ―North Dakota Library Association, 2011-2012

Ladybug Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―New Hampshire Center for the Book, 2010

Maine Chickadee Award (Nominee) ―Maine Association of School Librarians, 2010-2011

Prairie Bud Children’s Book Award (Nominee)―South Dakota Library Association, South Dakota Reading, Council, South Dakota State Library, South Dakota Elementary School Principals, 2011-2012

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2011-2012

Surrey Schools’ Book of the Year (Nominee) ―School District #36 (Surrey), 2010-2011

Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2011-2012

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Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart earned degrees from Union College and New York University and worked as an editor. She is the author of more than sixty books and lives in Massachusetts. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Constance R. Bergum has illustrated several children’s books. She holds an MFA in illustration from Marywood University and lives in Montana.