S’mitten with Books
One of our all-time favorite winter stories is the Ukrainian folktale, The Mitten. This story about a lost mitten that provides warmth and shelter for a litany of animals has been retold throughout the years, and its various retellings are all available at the library. Jan Brett’s adaptation, perhaps our favorite, was originally published in 1989. She has continued to delight readers with her wintery tales and signature Scandinavian-style drawings. Her newest book, The Snowy Nap, does not disappoint. So, why not keep warm by snuggling up with a good book or two that your children are sure to enjoy. We’re s’mitten with snowy stories and hope that you will be too!
A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Winter Books
All Right Ready! A Snowy Story by Jory John, illus. by Benji Davies
Duck is very excited over the snow and can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it. He wants his reluctant friend Bear to share in his excitement. Will Ducks persistence prevail? The illustrations are expressive and should bring a few chuckles.
Captain’s Log: Snowbound by Erin Dionne, illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler
A young boy has just finished a school report about Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance voyage when he and his family become snowed in due to a major storm. His imagination takes over as he records his adventures as though he were Shackleton himself. It’s a clever story with great illustrations by local artist, Jeff Ebbeler.
First Snow by Nancy Viau, illus. by Talitha Shipman
The rhyming text and sweet illustrations help celebrate the first snowfall of the season.
Good Morning, Snowplow! by Deborah Bruss, illus. by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
A snowplow driver and his dog prepare for an oncoming winter storm. As the town goes to bed they get ready to work through the night. The illustrators used a variety of media to create different textures that really make the illustrations stand out.
Got to Get to Bear’s by Brian Lies
Izzy the chipmunk must make her way to Bear’s in the middle of a blizzard. She meets a host of other animals along the way who make the journey with her. The detailed, realistic illustrations are perfect for this story of friendship and determination.
Hello Winter! by Shelley Rotner
Shelley Rotner is known for her great photographic illustrations. This latest picture book celebrates all things winter, from nature to winter sports to holiday festivities.
I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep by Dev Petty, illus. by Mike Boldt
Frog doesn’t want to hibernate for the winter as he Is afraid of missing out on all sorts of fun. This is the fourth book about Frog by this author/illustrator duo.
I Wish It Would Snow by Sarah Dillard
Little Rabbit wants it to snow … until it does! Will it ever stop? This is a very cute story about a wish coming true.
Little Fox in the Snow by Jonathan London, illus. by Daniel Miyares
A young red fox explores his world on a wintery morning, at times as the hunter and at others being hunted. It’s a nice introduction to nature and the ecosystem of the forest. The ink and watercolor illustrations are a perfect complement to the poetic text.
Making a Friend by Tammi Sauer, illus. by Alison Friend
Beaver isn’t so good at making friends. But when he sets out to build a snow friend, something unexpected happens. The illustrations are adorable and the story rather sweet!
One Snowy Day by Diana Murry, illus. by Diana Toledano
A snow day provides just the right amount of fun for an energetic puppy and two small children. The rhyming text counts to ten and back as the illustrations accurately depict each scene.
Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick, illus. by Marc Rosenthal
Walt the snowplow learns that he needs the help of his friend Mo the tow truck. This is a companion volume to Small Walt, and both are charming stories as they are somewhat reminiscent of the classics by Virginia Lee Burton.
The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett
Even though winter has arrived, Hedgy the hedgehog tries to stay awake rather than miss out on the splendor of the season. Brett’s signature Scandinavian-style drawings are truly delightful.
Vampirina in the Snow by Anne Marie Pace, illus. by LeUyen Pham
Vampirina is back in another tale. This time she and her monster friends have fun on a snowy night.
What We Do in Winter by JoAnn Early Macken
Discover all the fun things to do in winter in this latest title in the Seasons Can Be Fun series.
Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek
The latest from this husband and wife duo celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. This is their third picture book about the seasons. Other titles include When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall. The simple text is accompanied by gentle, expressive illustrations.
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 Master 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.”