Wintry Weather

OutsideSnowmans StoryFirst SnowBlizzardThe Reader

Last year we were inundated with 2 hour delays, 2 hour early releases, and school cancelled due to weather.  Today, was our first brush with winter weather for 2015.  (No snow.  Icy roads and trees.)  This delay wasn’t anxiety producing like it usually is for me.  We learned of the delay early last evening.  I don’t work until noon on Wednesdays.  So ML and I slept late, ate a leisurely breakfast and enjoyed each other’s company.

Below are picture books about wintry weather published in the past year.  Except, The Reader, published in 2012.  I discovered it this summer and have been waiting for the first wintry mix to share it with you.

Outside by Deirdre Gill – “In this gentle picture book fantasy, a child’s world transforms through his hard work, imagination, and persistence when he opens the door and steps outside, into to the brave new world of his imagination.”

Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand – “One wintry day, a hat lands on the head of a newly made snowman and brings him to life. Hiding inside the hat is a rabbit, who listens to the snowman read a story to some animal friends. When the snowman falls asleep, the rabbit hops away with the book. But the snowman isn’t about to let his story—or the mischievous rabbit—get away. The chase is on!”

First Snow by Peter McCarty – “It’s a day of firsts for Pedro . . . First snowfall. First snow angel. First taste of a snowflake. First sled run. First snowball fight!”

Blizzard by John Rocco – “Blizzard is based on John Rocco’s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought 53 inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island.”

The Reader by Amy Hest and illustrated by Lauren Castillo – In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase—click, click—and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of the reader reading their very favorite book to the very last page…the very last word.”

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