Friday, February 9, 2018

11 More Favorite Winter Picture Books

You may say I'm confused.

On one hand I'm loving being cooped up in my warm house, especially this week when the ice storm turn all the trees to glass. It looked as if we lived in a crystal forest. I still have lots of sewing and other indoor projects that I can do while not be distracted with outdoor work

But this week I pulled out my garden seeds and did my seed inventory and started dreaming of planting. With the days getting longer the spring bug has bitten and I'm dreaming of fresh strawberries and crisp asparagus. 

If you don't mind reading about winter you might enjoy this list of favorites that didn't make my first winter book list.

Terrible Storm by Carol Otis Hurst, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Two grandpas reminisce about the worst storm in their memory. The fun illustrations tell the rest of the story. Loved this one.

Big Snow, written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean
A young boys waits for snow, a really big snow. Warm illustrations tell the story of waiting that many children can relate to.

The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
This one tickled our funny bone. Everyone waits for snow, even the snow globe family on the mantel. A fun parallel story sure to bring chuckles.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
A father and daughter journey out in the snow. Unknown to them, there is a whole world of small creatures living under the snow. Includes information in the back of the book about how animals survive the winter.

Blizzard, written and illustrated by John Rocco
It has been four days since the blizzard, and still the snowplow has not come. Can one young boy make it to the store with tennis-racket snowshoes? Another book with great illustrations.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino, illustrated by Nora Aoyagi
The answer to all your questions about snowflakes. Superb nonfiction book.

Winter Poems, selected by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Celebrate winter with short poems - some old and some new - combined with lively winter paintings.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
Folk art-style wood cuts tell the story of Wilson Bentley and his determination to show the world the beauty in a snowflake. Includes examples of his amazing snowflake photography.

Waiting for Winter, written and illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser
Squirrel always sleep in the winter and has never seen snow, but this time he decides to stay awake and watch winter come. The antics of squirrel and his friends, told through few words but amazing pencil drawings, will make any child giggle.

Snow by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
A joyful celebration of a child's view of snow. Bold paintings share the exuberance.

Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Will anyone buy lemonade in the winter? Count coins with Pauline and John-John as they sell lemonade.

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  1. These books look so delightful, I wouldn't mind reading them myself! Great list!!

  2. Have you seen the Lighthouse Family series by Cynthia Rylant? I know they are not in the winter theme here but if you like her books I don't want you to miss these. There are 7 in the series...I have them in our church/school library.

  3. Cynthia Rylant also wrote Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby, and the Poppelton series. We especially loved reading those, when my daughter was younger. If you haven't read them, then you might want to check them out?

  4. I love some of these as well- Winter Poems, Over and Under the snow, and Snowflake Bentley. I also like the book Not a Buzz to be found by Linda Glaser. Its about how there aren't bugs buzzing around in the winter.

  5. To go with my above comment- the Not a Buzz to be found is about how bugs weather the winter- NOT about environmental crisis. Its a great book.


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