BRRRR! – 77 Degrees on Christmas Eve

In the spirit of Christmas, I wore a green dress to the Christmas Eve service.  Finding something appropriate for both the weather and holiday was difficult until I remembered the sleeveless dress I purchased last spring.  When the high temperature in Burlington, Vermont is 68 degrees, you can imagine the high in the more southern city of Raleigh, North Carolina — a balmy 77 degrees.  Then, there’s Boston… 69, New York City… 72, Norfolk, VA…82, Naples, FL… 89!

Missing the normal holiday temperatures?  Turn on the air conditioning, put on your fuzzy jammies, warm socks and snuggle with your family while reading these snowy books.


Toys Meet Snow
Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky

Little Red Gliding
Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar and illustrated by Troy Cummings

First Snow
First Snow by Peter McCarty

Bear and Hare
Bear & Hare: Snow! by Emily Gravett

Virgil and Owen
Virgil & Owen by Paulette Bogan

Snowman's Story
Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand

Bear Report
The Bear Report by Thyra Heder

Snow by Sam Usher

Max and Marla
Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger

Lost Found
Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Penguins Adventure
Penguins Big Adventure by Salina Yoon

Snowy Bear
Snowy Bear by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Alison Brown

Dear Yeti
Dear Yeti by James Kwan


Onomatopoeia – Part 2

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Last week, I focused on non-fiction books about onomatopoeia.  This post recommends three perfect examples of onomatopoeia used creatively.

Cat Says Meow and other an-i-mal-o-poe-ia by Michael Arndt – ML has outgrown most books composed mainly of animal sounds, but this one has an added twist.  The graphically designed animals hide the letters to the sounds they make in the illustrations using a variety of fonts.  We couldn’t pick a favorite illustration because they are all clever.

Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson and and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman – Any story about rain usually includes onomatopoeia, but Amy Gibson takes it to a new level.  Some of our favorite words in the book…  sploshy,  toes-ooze,
oochy, sploochy, woochy, woosh and ker-plop!  The illustrations evoke the joy of a day spent playing in the rain and mud.  Ending with a much needed bath.

Down By The Cool Of The Pool by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees – One of my go to read-alouds when the story time crowd includes people age 1 day to 104 years-old.  No one can resist impersonating a frog that says “Wheeeee!  Can you dance like me?”  If the babies in the audience are “Wah wah wahing” instead of shouting “Wheeee!”… no one cares because everyone’s having a great time.  The bright, colorful illustrations of smiling, dancing animals add to the fun.