“The Weather Outside is Frightful …”
… but reading is so delightful!
A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Snow
The first book that always comes to mind when we think of winter is the classic story of The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. This 1963 Caldecott Award winner was groundbreaking as it showcased an African-American child as the central character. Recently published, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of THE SNOWY DAY, pays homage to this children’s classic. Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, the story of Keats and his infamous little boy in the red snowsuit are brought to life through lyrical text and acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations.
New Picture Books
Andy & Sandy and the First Snow by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis, illus. by Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola is a Caldecott and Newbery Honor winning author and illustrator. Lewis is an Emmy Award winning writer for The Muppets. They have collaborated on this new easy reader series about friendship. In this episode, Sandy wants to play outside in the snow, but Andy is not so sure. This book is perfect for those just beginning to read on their own.
Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau, illus. by David Walker
Big Brown Bear comes up with a fun solution when his four little bear cubs can’t all fit on the sled. The soft illustrations and lyrical text make for a fun read-aloud.
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre
This prolific writer of non-fiction has created another visually stunning work. The wintery world of snow, ice, and frost is depicted through amazing photographs and simple verse.
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Beth Krommes
The scratchboard and watercolor are by done Caldecott Award winning artist, Beth Krommes, in her signature style. The illustrations and simple text celebrate the joy of an unexpected snow day.
Bramble and Maggie Snow Day by Jessie Haas, illus. by Alison Friend
In this fourth adventure in the Bramble and Maggie easy reader series, Maggie’s family prepares for a winter storm as Bramble, Maggie’s horse watches. In the end, Bramble saves the day as she helps clear snowdrifts blocking her family’s door as well as those of her neighbors.
A Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss, illus. by Fiona Woodcock
Miki, a polar bear cub, spots a dot in the snow … a little Inuit girl in a bright red parka, ready for a snowy adventure! When she loses one of her red mittens, Miki must overcome his fear of diving to retrieve it. In the end, both mothers appear to provide a satisfying conclusion.
First Snow by Bomi Park
This imaginative picture book will captivate readers from the start as a young child discovers the magic and mystery of the first snowfall. She awakens to the sound of snow softly hitting the window and ventures out into the night accompanied by her small white puppy. This sweet picture book is the author/illustrator’s first book, and it is absolutely delightful!
Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter by Sam McBratney, illus. by Anita Jeram
Little Nutbrown Hare plays a game of I Spy with his mother on a snowy day. This is a wintry version of the classic Guess How Much I Love You created by McBratney and Jeram and originally published in 1994. This cut paper edition includes several visually appealing three dimensional scenes.
How to Build a Snow Bear by Eric Pinder, illus. by Stephanie Graegin
Thomas’s younger brother is too busy sleeping to help him build a snowman. After employing several different tactics, Thomas is able to convince his “bear” brother to help. A cozy and enjoyable story!
Into the Snow by Yuki Kaneko, illus. by Masamitsu Saito
A young child is delighted to wake up to a snowfall. All of the wonder he experiences is shared through his narration.
Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Christian Robinson
This is a darling new book from the creators of many distinguished books. Rylant wrote the Newbery Medal winning Missing May and the Caldecott Honor Book, When I was Young in the Mountains. She is also the author of the Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby series of books. Robinson illustrated the Caldecott Honor Book, Last Stop on Market Street. In this story, five little penguins and their mother enjoy the arrival of winter. The illustrations are done in acrylic paint and cut paper collage. The simplicity of the text and illustrations make for a very warm and satisfying story.
My Snow Globe by Megan E. Bryant, illus. by Melissa Iwai
This board book is shaped like a snow globe, has a clear acetate sparkly cover, and includes die-cut pages throughout. The reader is introduced to many forest animals as they keep warm throughout the snowy season.
Penguin Problems by Jory John, illus. by Lane Smith
A whiny penguin is burdened with so many problems (his beak is cold, the ocean smells too salty) until he is given some sage advice by a long-winded walrus. The wry humor and minimally colored illustrations make for a fun read.
Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle, illus. by Becca Stadtlander
This unique picture book explores all of the work that must be done on the farm to prepare for the coming winter.
Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow by Sharon Gibson Palermo, illus. by Christina Song
This simple work of non-fiction introduces forest animals in a wintry setting through a repetitive, rhyming text similar to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The cut-paper collage illustrations are colorful and textured.
Wonderful Winter: All Kinds of Winter Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone
Through vivid photography, this book examines all things related to winter. Some really great winter activity and craft ideas are included as well.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Masters of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”