We are officially in the middle of a deep freeze in our neck of the woods, so although the official start of winter is still a few weeks out, I think it's safe to call it, winter is here! And with it come so many wonderful traditions, holidays, and cozy nights snuggled up to the fire with great stories.
With that spirit in mind, here are a few of our favorite winter tales to fuel imaginations and cozy story time all winter long.
The Story of the Snow Children: Poppy is gazing out of the window at the snow when, all of a sudden, she sees that the snowflakes are really little Snow Children dancing and whirling in the garden. Soon, they whisk her away to the Snow Queen’s wintry kingdom.
Ollie's Ski Trip: Six-year-old Ollie is given his first pair of real skis. As soon as the snow begins to fall, he sets off on an adventure by himself to the palace of King Winter. Along the way, he meets Jack Frost, who makes everything sparkle, and Mrs. Thaw, who makes everything melt. At the palace, Ollie meets children helping to make Christmas presents that is, until break time, when they rush outside for a big snowball fight.
The Snowy Day:The world looks different when it's covered with a fresh blanket of snow. In Ezra Keats's lovely book The Snowy Day a young boy explores this new landscape and all it has to offer. Beautifully illustrated with watercolors, cut-outs and collage, the brief vividly expressed text follows the little explorer's adventures. From experimenting with footprints, to making snow angels, to trying to save a snowball for the next day, this book is a reminder of the magic in simple experiences.
Amazing Peace: In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world.
Read by the poet at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House on December 1, 2005, Maya Angelou's celebration of the "Glad Season" is a radiant affirmation of the goodness of life and a beautiful holiday gift for people of all faiths.
Owl Moon: Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world.
The Story of Snow: Ever wonder how snow forms, or why snowflakes look the way they do? Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike? Dive in to the incredible world of snow and ice crystals in The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonders by Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson, Ph.D. Part fun and part real science, this book is filled with delightful illustrations and close-up photos of actual snow crystals.
Twas the Night Before Christmas: Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" in the Troy Sentinel in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, and transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus. Complemented by gorgeous monochrome illustrations that are meticulously true to pre-Victorian times, this definitive volume of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, honors the poem's original language.
Any Room for Me?: A woodcutter drops his mitten in the forest and it becomes a warm house for a mouse. Then, one by one, quite a few other animals want to move in, too! A beautiful full-color picture book.
A Christmas Carol: The words and emotions of this classic tale are brought to life with exceptionally detailed illustrations that re-create the look and atmosphere of 19th-century London. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge's own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
The Polar Express: This wonderful book is a great addition to any Christmas collection, whether for the young, or just the young at heart. Lying awake on Christmas Eve, a young boy takes a magical train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. Beautiful full page illustrations help tell this lovely tale, and make every reader a believer in the magic of Christmas.
A Child's Christmas in Wales: In print for fifty years, this gem of lyric prose has enchanted both young and old from its very first edition. Dylan Thomas, one of the greatest poets and storytellers of the twentieth century, captures a child's-eye view, and an adult's fond memories, of a magical time of presents, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and in the best of circumstances, newly fallen snow.
The Little Christmas Tree: It's no fun having sharp needles, big soft leaves like the other trees would be much better, at least that is what the Little Christmas Tree believes. But will it be happier if it has those big soft leaves? Maybe having lovely green needles is not so bad after all. Filled with soft, lovely illustrations and charming text this story eloquently makes the point that grass is not always greener on the other side. Perfect for a cozy night spent by the fire.
How to Build an Igloo: In this instructive, whimsical, illustrated manual, Yankielun, a seasoned cold regions explorer and researcher, takes readers step-by-step through the process of constructing and inhabiting a range of useful snow structures--from the most basic to the more complex.
Happy winter reading everyone!!!
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