Light a fire, make some hot chocolate (don't forget the marshmallows!), and snuggle up with your child and read these charming books about winter.
by Jane Yolen
Miss Hannah says:
A young boy is finally old enough to go owling with his dad. As they go, he must take care not to make any noise or any sudden movements, and he takes that very seriously, though he is very very cold. With only the moonlight to guide them, they call and look for an owl. But what will they do when they find one? The anticipation and the mystery are felt in every word, as is the respect for nature. A great book to introduce the idea of conservation.
by Chris Van Allsburg
One of my all time favorites... especially the set that includes the book on tape. I've officially now listened to it — while I flip the pages — more times than my grandsons. Shhh, I sneak peeks between their visits. The illustrations and the story awaken the child within me: I'm on the train (can't you hear its chugging pace?), I'm searching for my ticket, I'm watching out the windows, cold nose pressed against the glass... it's as if the writer gives the train full of growing children one last heart-spinning visit to make-believe, before they are pressed to grow up. All aboard!
by Lois Ehlert
Very cute winter book for children; sort of like a Where's Waldo for the little ones. Just loved the paper cut-outs with the combination of photographs. Clever idea.
by Jean Stoick, Carl R. Sams II, illustrated by Mark J. Herrick
Jeremy Townsend from Exeter, NH says:
This is a fun and well-done small press book that my children loved. I was impressed with the quality of the photographs and the printing, and the fact that the press, owned by the authors/photographers, has grown into a successful enterprise.
by Ezra Jack Keats
Heather Lawrence says:
A little boy has a fun day playing in the snow, and even tries to keep a snowball in his coat pocket inside! A strikingly beautiful 1963 Caldecott Medal winner.
by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Gorgeous poems by authors ranging from a 10th-century Japanese poet to contemporary poets, all using lush words to paint a picture of the beauty of winter.
by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Mark Teague
Sadly, this is the last Poppleton book. Maybe Ms. Rylant will write more but it's been 15 years since she published this title so I'm not expecting it. I also think she might have decided this was the last volume because the final page of the final tale is really very, very sweet. (Don't worry, no one dies.) Oh, and the first two stories in the book cover Poppleton making the most of the icicles all over his eaves and taking on an art project.
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Leah lives near Washington D.C. and is an obsessive list maker. She loves lists so much that she creates topical bibliographies -- for fun. She also collects volvelles, nutcrackers, unusual names and map hankies. She talks about books and many other things on her blog, Fig Newtons and Scotch.
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