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A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Winter and Snow

When the weather outside is frightful…reading is so delightful!  Reading can be snow much fun, and there are lots of new snowy and wintry titles from which to choose. We’ve reviewed several, so why not grab a few and cuddle up for a good read.

New Books about Winter and Snow

01bearThe Bear Report by Thyra Heder

As homework, Sophie must compile three facts about polar bears. She isn’t interested in doing the assignment and would rather watch TV. As she settles in, a polar bear appears in her living room and takes her on an Arctic journey to complete her report. Even though this is a fictional story, lots of factual information is woven throughout.

 

02yetiDear Yeti by James Kwan

Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day. Their journey is chronicled in a series of letters trying to coax the shy creature out of hiding. When they meet a grizzly bear, Yeti appears when they most need him.

 

03snowFirst Snow by Peter McCarty

This is the newest picture book from Caldecott Honor winning author-illustrator Peter McCarty. Pedro arrives in the big city to visit his cousins and experiences his first snowfall. The illustrations are done in muted pastel watercolors and ink.

 

04floraFlora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

A follow-up to the Caldecott Honor book, Flora and the Penguin, Flora takes up figure skating in a chillier climate. This is a wordless picture book with clever flaps throughout.

 

 

05whyIt Snows by Tamra B. Orr

Part of the Tell Me Why series, this non-fiction book answers children’s questions about winter weather with age appropriate explanations and visually appealing photographs.

 

 

06snowplowThe Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, illus. by Jake Parker

The littlest snowplow saves the day and becomes a snowstorm hero. This story is reminiscent of both Little Toot and The Little Engine that Could.

 

 

07maxMax and Marla by Alexandra Boiger

Max and Marla, his pet snow owl, are best friends. After watching a televised luge race, they decide that they too are Olympic material. The watercolor and ink illustrations make use of an icy palette of whites and blues.

 

08minaMina’s White Canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee

Mina is looking to brighten her world on a gray and gloomy day. With the help of her imagination and a magic crayon she sets off on a wonderful adventure. This story is quite reminiscent of the classic story, Harold and the Purple Crayon.

 

09snowSnow by Sam Usher

A little boy grows impatient as Grandfather gets ready to take him to the park on a snowy day.

 

 

 

10snowrabbitThe Snow Rabbit by Camille Garoche

This stunning picture book evokes unspoken emotion. Two sisters, one wheelchair bound, look through their window at the snowy sky. One goes outside and sculpts a rabbit out of snow, but when she brings it inside, it begins to melt. So they take the rabbit outside and into the forest where magical things begin to happen. The illustrations are 3-D, cut-paper and are meticulously constructed.

11truckSupertruck by Stephen Savage

When a blizzard stops the mighty trucks of the city from working, it’s Supertruck to the rescue. He is a little garbage truck by day who becomes Supertruck at night during a huge snowstorm. The next day all of the other trucks wonder about the identity of the super hero that saved them.

 

12toysToys Meets Snow by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky

With Little Girl away on winter vacation, three toys, a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray, and a book-loving rubber ball, head outside to meet and play in the snow. This is another in the Toys Meet adventures.

 

13winterWinter: A Pop-up Book by David Carter

Simple verse accompanies pop-up spreads and lift-up flaps that reveal the wonders of the season in a rural, snow covered landscape.

 

 

14winterbeesWinter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Rick Allen

This beautifully illustrated poetry book contains a dozen poems detailing the natural world. Each double-page spread contains a poem, accompanying artwork, and a scientific note.

 

 

15winterWinter: The Coldest Season of All! by Lisa Bell, illus. by Emily Brooks

This lovely song and picture book with rhyming text gives children a look at the chilly changes in winter weather and the winter activities of both people and animals. A music CD is included.

 

 

Favorites from the Past

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle, illus. by Barbara Lavallee

Axle Annie by Robin Pulver, illus. by Tedd Arnold

Big Snow by Berta Hader, illus. by Elmer Hader

The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Will Hillenbrand

The First Snowfall by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Harlow Rockwell

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz

Frozen Noses by Jan Carr, illus. by Dorothy Donohue

Geraldine’s Big Snow by Holly Keller

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel, illus. by Nancy Winslow Parker

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

A Perfect Day by Carin Berger

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

Snowball by Nina Crews

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illus. by Mary Azarian

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, illus. by Mark Buehner

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Tom and Pippo in the Snow by Helen Oxenbury

White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin R. Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

 

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  1. Casey Cole January 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Great blog! I read it every month.

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