winter books

Let’s Read Three: Snow Books!

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It seems that Winter Storm Juno was not as bad as predicted, at least here in NYC; but we do have a lot of snow! And of course, snow means snow days, and snow days mean playing in the snow. And when we are done freezing in the snow, we warm up with cocoa and books about snow of course! I have written about many wintery, snowy books in the past including my winter list from 2013 and one of my new favorite snow books by Jonathan Bean from last year. But today, for this Let’s Read Three series, I bring three vintage books about the anticipation, excitement, and joy of snow.

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An added bonus in each of these, that I didn’t originally intend, is that they all feature sledding! The third book, I am of course cheating a bit as I only intend to feature the first story, “Down the Hill.” But it counts as a story, and is just the right length for a cozy reading with these other two. Let’s read three books about winter and snow! Read the full post…

Book Review: Snow Is Falling By Branley & Stone

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We had a surprise visit of snow hit us yesterday and while it wreaked havoc on many places in the southern U.S., we were fortunate to be safe at home and watch it fall in the largest amount we’ve received here. While getting cozy near the fire, this book came to mind. My enjoyment for non-fiction books continues to grow and I now have a serious soft-spot for this vintage series of science books called Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out. A local used bookstore occasionally has them on the shelf and I just cannot help but continue accumulating them as they cross my path. A lot of the authors are the same, including Franklyn M. Branley who wrote this one, but the illustrators vary and many are incredibly well-known and accomplished with their own publications. Seeing their illustrations for this series is so much fun! I assume the science is perhaps a bit outdated here and there, but overall each book has general information on its subject and opens the door to questions and curiosity about the world around. Take a peek at this 1963 sweet edition all about this white winter weather, Snow Is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Helen Stone. Read the full post…

Book Review: Big Snow By Jonathan Bean

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Waiting is a tricky part of life and especially childhood. There are so many exciting things that occur but almost all of them come with a waiting period: birthdays, Christmas, first day of school, a trip somewhere, and even a snowstorm! I’ve been longing to write about this book ever since it crossed my path during the Cybils evaluations and today seems like the perfect day. The forecast called for snow today, but most of us here in the South tend to just roll our eyes and not dare hold our breath. We did get a spit of snow, but it melted faster than it came. But, that waiting to see if the forecast would hold true, that is the essence of this book. Here is Big Snow by Jonathan Bean, 2013.

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Book Review: The Mitten By Tresselt & Yaroslava

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My posting seems to be as sporadic as the weather this winter. However, we are having a slight cold front right now and it made me turn to this sweet, vintage book for a bit of snuggle-reading with my toddler. An old Ukrainian folktale that has been done a time or two, this version remains my favorite. It is the story of a boy’s lost mitten that becomes shelter for a surprising amount of animals during the coldest day of winter. Retold by Alvin Tresselt from a (gorgeous!) adaptation by E. Rachev and illustrated by Yaroslava, warm up today with The Mitten, 1964. Read the full post…

Book Review: Cold Snap By Eileen Spinelli & Marjorie Priceman

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Last week I was feeling the spring fever and starting to believe that Punxsutawney Phil just might have been right about an early spring this year. And then this morning we awoke to several inches of snow and it is still falling. A bit of a surprise for early March in the South. I will not complain however, but instead will curl up with some hot cocoa and a few good snowy books. This one made it to the top of the pile this morning and seems incredibly appropriate. Here is Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, 2012. Read the full post…

Book Review: Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

This book has been on my mind ever since it came out last year, so I figured it needed a proper review. This is Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by the amazing Jon Klassen, 2012.

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This is the story of a girl named Annabelle who discovers a box filled with yarn of every color. Being the highly proficient knitter that she is, she makes a sweater for herself, and then one for her faithful dog. But there is still extra yarn. Read the full post…

Children’s Picture Books For Winter, 2013

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Post holiday season is always a little gloomy, especially with the gray weather and cold. But never fear! I have a list of 10 lovely wintery books just perfect for snuggling up and celebrating the brisk season. Read the full post…