Archive for the ‘Winter’ Category

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

January 3, 2011 - 10:10 pm No Comments

A girl and her dad go out owling on a cold winter night. She knows she has to be quiet and that she might hear and owl and she might not. I love the beautiful language in this book and the quiet moments that the little girl shares with her dad while they are out together on their nature walk in the snow.

Hello, Snow! by Hope Vestergaard

January 3, 2011 - 9:56 pm No Comments

A little girl wakes up to find it has snowed. She drags her dad outside to play, make snowmen, shovel and sled. This is a cute, short, rhyming book with colorful illustrations that would be perfect for the preschool and toddler set.

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Nitzel

January 1, 2011 - 9:55 pm No Comments

This is is a cumulative tale (kind of like The House that Jack Built) and it is also a rebus story which uses pictures to replace some of the words in the story. These types of stories are FANTASTIC for preschoolers and early readers. The repetition and rhyming are one bonus, but when pictures replace words in a story, they help the child to follow along which means they can help “read” part of the story which gets them engaged and excited about reading.

Snow by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman

January 1, 2011 - 9:46 pm No Comments

This a winter-themed book that an early reader could probably read on their own. My first grader read it tonight with no trouble, but our older son could have probably read it just fine in preschool. All kids start reading at different times, so you may want to read it to your child instead of having them read it to you. I like it because there is some repetition and it rhymes, both of which help early readers.

A Cold Winter’s Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas

January 1, 2011 - 9:20 pm No Comments

The Good Knight rescues three freezing dragons from their cold cave during a snowstorm. The only problem is that he has to bring them back to the castle where the king is having a ball. Despite the many warnings and reminders from the Good Knight, the dragons manage to make quite a scene at the ball when they almost set the castle on fire and literally are swinging from the rafters. Things make a turn for the better though when the Good Knight explains that they need to start using their manners…and it works! All those pleases and thank you make for a much more pleasant evening.

Martin MacGregor’s Snowman by Lisa Broadie Cook

December 30, 2010 - 10:56 pm No Comments

Poor Martin…all he wants is some snow so he can make a snowman. Since it clearly isn’t going to snow he tries to make snowmen out of other things and keeps getting himself in trouble. Without a doubt, my favorite part of the book is when he decides to make a snowman out of himself with soap bubbles. The ladies at book club get quite a sight when Martin goes downstairs to show his mom because by then the bubbles have slid off. :)

Carl’s Snowy Afternoon by Alexandra Day

December 28, 2010 - 10:28 am No Comments

Carl and his charge have a fun-filled adventure in the snow while the parents are at a party and the babysitter is watching TV. Carl books are great picks for little ones as they often come in board book form and they usually don’t have a lot of words. They are great books to look at and talk about the pictures and then there aren’t any words, the story can be a little different every time you “read” it.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

December 28, 2010 - 9:59 am No Comments

This story is SO interesting and has been a favorite in our house lately. It is the true story of Wilson Bentley who discovered that not all snowflakes are alike. Not only does is it a great story, but it has some of the pictures that he took of snowflakes and is also a great lesson in perseverance and believing in yourself when no one else does.

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

December 28, 2010 - 9:01 am No Comments

Katy is so strong that oftentimes she has to stay home when it snows because there isn’t enough snow for her to shovel. But one day the snow gets SO deep that no one can dig out the city but Katy. She helps the Chief of Police, the Postmaster, the Railway Station, the Telephone Company, the Electric Company, the Water Department, the Airport, the Fire Department and a doctor that needs to get to the hospital…then and only then does Katy rest. From the same author as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

The Christmas Cobwebs by Odds Bodkin

December 25, 2010 - 9:20 pm No Comments

A family who has immigrated from Germany loses their house in a fire, but the spirit of Christmas remains with them even when it seems they have lost even their most precious gifts.