The low temperature forecast for today… nine degrees. Much to our dismay, no snow. We haven’t had any since we moved into our new house on a street with a perfect sledding hill. School is on a two hour delay. They’re probably scared the buses won’t start for those early morning routes. So our books tonight will follow warm mugs of hot chocolate.
Here are some of ML’s favorite winter books.
Snowman at Night by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner – There are many books about snowman, but no snowmen have more fun than the ones in this book. Snowball fights, snow angels and races each night. The hidden figures in the shadows and snow add excitement to this lively book.
Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick – There are very few books with photographs that end up in the picture book section of the library. Luckily, this one did. A stranger is discovered by the animals in the snowy woods. While they are discussing which animal should approach it, the brave little chickadee takes it upon herself to fly over and check out the stranger. It is a snowman with a treat of birdseed on his hat. The other animals approach and find their own treats… corn, carrots, nuts and acorns. There are two-legged strangers hiding in the woods watching the animals eat the goodies.
Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara – An original take on winter. Most books are about snow. This book focusing on Jack Frost includes simple, yet beautiful illustrations. Most of the pages include white illustrations with a royal blue background and a few blue details. At our house, we experience Jack Frost more often than snow. He particularly loves the car windshield on days we are running a little bit behind.
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London – I don’t let a winter go by without reading ML this book. It’s meant to be read aloud, especially the words FROGGY and UNDERWEAR. She finds it hilarious every year.
And of course the all time classic snow book
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – It’s been popular for 50 plus years. Many say it broke the color barrier in children’s literature. The great thing about the story is the story itself has nothing to do with race. Instead, it’s the adventure of a child after snowfall. I love Al Roker’s quote on the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website, “I remember reading this book to my baby sister thinking, ‘Here’s a kid who looks like me.’ On so many levels, this is such a groundbreaking piece of literature and artwork.” As NPR’s piece “As Demographics Shift, Kids’ Books Stay Stubbornly White” proves we still have a long way to go.