Archive for the ‘Snow’ Category

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

February 25, 2013 - 12:14 pm No Comments

I know it seems like a weird time to be blogging about Christmas books, but now might actually be a great time to check out Christmas books from the library because everyone is done with them and you can pick whichever books you want, not whichever books are left.

Also, there was a time in our house where all our youngest wanted to read was Halloween books. We must have read Halloween books for a year. I am pretty sure that we checked out every Halloween book our library had to offer.

Anyways, I love this book. (I know, I always say that, but if I didn’t love it I wouldn’t be telling you all about it.) :) I love the illustrations and I love how it calls itself to be read in a quiet voice…perfect for bedtime reading, perfect of naptime reading. Shhhhhhh…..

When Will it Snow? by Kathryn White

February 22, 2013 - 5:18 pm No Comments

Little Bear does NOT want to sleep through the winter. He wants to stay with his friends, Mole and Squirrel, and play hide and seek in the snow and and throw snowballs and make snow angels. Plus, he is very worried that his friends will forget about him over the winter. Bears are bears though and Little Bear has to sleep through the winter…and guess who was waiting for him to play when he woke up?

Letter to the Lake by Susan Marie Swanson

June 28, 2012 - 12:42 am No Comments

It is very cold outside and Rosie and her mom have to scrape the frost off the window of their car, but memories of the warm summer days spent at the lake picking raspberries, chasing dragonflies, rowing in the rowboat and collecting rocks helps her get through that cold miserable day.

Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

October 10, 2011 - 10:53 am No Comments

Children are fascinated by the fact that some animals go to sleep for the WHOLE winter. I liked this book because it not only mentions bears, but many other animals that hibernate that we may not think about. I love that this story rhymes and I think many children will also identify with some of these animals who are having a hard time going to sleep because it’s too dark or because they need a snack or a drink before they fall asleep.

Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner

August 1, 2011 - 7:50 pm No Comments

What if snowmen could stay with us all year? We could fly kites with them and take them to the beach. We could go camping with them and catch fireflies in the summer. A very cute rhyming book about all of the fun things you could do with your snowman if they could just figure out a way to stick around past winter.

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting

February 3, 2011 - 12:34 pm No Comments

Mrs. Bear sets her alarm clock so she doesn’t sleep through Valentine’s Day again this year. She digs up the honeypot buried in the snow, sets out a bowl of crunchy dried beetles (Mr. Bear’s favorite) and gets out the Valentine cards she made in the summer. The hardest part is waking up Mr. Bear from his winter slumber. It turns out that Mr. Bear had been preparing for Valentine’s day, too. After sharing a special day together they settle into their den for the rest of the winter.

The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt

February 2, 2011 - 10:07 pm No Comments

The classic tale of a boy who loses his mitten while gathering wood in the forest. Several animals, including a mouse, a frog, an owl, a rabbit, a fox, a wolf, a wild boar and a bear all squeeze into the mitten to keep warm. It’s only when a cricket tries to climb in that the mitten rips in two. The boy does finally find his mitten, but luckily his grandmother makes him another pair.

The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth

January 30, 2011 - 9:45 pm 1 Comment

There are many versions of this story and they all contain a mitten and a bunch of animals trying to get into the mitten to get out of the cold snow. This version is a little different than the uber-popular Jan Brett version in that the grandmother in this story is more than happy to make her grandson a new mitten and the grandmother in this version also doesn’t make the mitten the same color as the snow. It would be fun to read several versions with your child and see how the stories and the illustrations compare and contrast. Being able to make connections between books is a great reading skill for children to have.

Counting on Snow by Maxwell Newhouse

January 30, 2011 - 9:28 pm No Comments

A collection of Arctic animals….10 caribou crunching, 9 muskoxen munching, 8 ravens raving…you get the idea. The clever twist on this book is that on the first page with the caribou it’s not snowing at all, but as the countdown continues, it starts snowing more and more. By the time you get to 1 moose, silent in the falling snow, it’s practically a blizzard. This would be a great book for practicing counting backwards and also talking to your children about how animals use camouflage….it’s awfully hard to see 2 snowy owls swooping when there’s snow all over the place.

The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen

January 30, 2011 - 5:34 pm No Comments

Okay, this book about made me cry. It is SO sweet and is such a good example of doing for others and not asking for recognition. LOVE it! Sarah, an elderly widow, notices a boy dressed in blue at the bus stop who has no mittens. She knits him a pair of blue mittens and hangs them on the tree by the bus stop. He finds them and is then able to throw snowballs with the other kids. Then Sarah notices a little girl who has mittens that don’t match, so she goes home and knits a pair of mittens for her and hangs them on the tree. She knits and knits and knits and soon has enough to fill up the tree with mittens for all the children, but her knitting basket is empty. Somehow though, someone figures out she is the one knitting the mittens and leaves a surprise for her on her front doorstep. Super sweet!