Winter

A Day for Skating By Sarah Sullivan

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Back of Book:
On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold. Back at home, warm bedtime rituals make for the end of a perfect day. But when darkness falls at the pond, who will come out to skate?
I received a copy of this picture book from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah Sullivan used her childhood memories and created a delightful nostalgic story about the joy of ice skating.  The story follows a young girl and her father as they enjoy a winter day on the ice. The rhyming scheme flows beautifully and the figurative language draws readers into the experience. The text describes the many types of activities that happen on ice including hockey, speed skating and waltzing. The illustrations by Madeline Valentine are nothing short of magical! I loved the images of the community coming together and enjoying the winter wonderland. This is a beautiful story that is perfect for any winter unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Skills Children Learn, Winter

Just So Willow By Sara Shacter

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Back of Book:
Willow is a polar bear who likes things just so. She even irons her underwear and tidies her teacher! So when a storm covers her backyard in a smooth blanket of snow, she’s determined to keep it that way—in spite of all the other kids creating a lumpy, bumpy mess. Will Willow realize that being particular is making her miss out on all the fun?
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this picture book from Sterling Children’s Books in exchange for an honest review.
I love the message in this endearing story about allowing things to not always be perfect. Every year my classroom has a child who struggles with being a perfectionist. It is always hard for me to see them struggle with wanting things just so. I was so excited to share “Just So Willow” in my classroom. Willow is a young polar bear who loves to have things in perfect order. When show falls, Willow wants it to stay pristine and clean. In order to accomplish her goal, she makes a plan to stop her neighbors. In doing so, Willow realizes how much fun she can have not following the rules.  I loved using this book in my classroom to talk about social and emotional learning. It showed my students the value of having fun and not worrying about keeping everything perfect. The illustrations by Stephanie Laberis are colorful and charming. Willow’s facial expressions are spot on to match her emotions. A perfect book for readers of all ages.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Winter

When the Snow Is Deeper Than My Boots Are Tall By Jean Reidy

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Back of Book:
As the snow climbs over a boy’s toes, ankles, shins, and boots, there’s more and more fun to be had―snowmen, sledding, snow angels, and, finally, a cup of hot cocoa by a warm fire.
My Review:
I was sent a copy of this picture book from Henry Holt and Company in exchange for an honest review.
This charming story follows a young boy as he wakes up to find the first snowfall of the season. He is excited and immediately prepares for a fun day playing in the snow. The text is written in a fantastic rhyming scheme and rich in figurative language. The illustrations by Joey Chou are vibrant and whimsical.  They beautifully capture the boys’ adventures as he explores his winter wonderland. This is a perfect story to share with younger audiences about the joy of a snow day.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

Winter

Snow Globe Wishes By Erin Dealey

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Snow Globe Wishes
Back of Book:
As the worst snowstorm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland–beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play? A lyrical holiday story about wishes and community and snow–lots and lots of snow.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Sleeping Bear Press in exchange for an honest review.
The weather is cooling down and the promise of snow is in the air. Snow Globe Wishes is a whimsical story that celebrates the beauty and fun of snow. The story follows a family as they prepare for a winter storm.  The little girl makes a wish on a snow globe in hopes that snow will fall overnight. When she wakes up, she finds that her dream has come true.  The end of the story captures the beauty of a community coming together to celebrate the winter wonderland. The lyrical rhyming scheme of the text draws readers into the beauty of the story and captures the essence of childhood dreams. The illustrations by Claire Shorrock are filled with soft colors and exquisite detail. I love anything that Erin Dealey writes and this story is no exception.
A perfect read-aloud to share during the winter season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Autumn, Earth Day, English Language Arts, spring, Summer, Weather, Winter

A Year with Mama Earth by Rebecca Grabill

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Back of Book:
In September, Mama Earth sighs out the first autumn frost, which crunches under children’s feet. Mama Earth looks after nature’s plants and animals throughout the year—singing lullabies to fat bears in the fall, dressing evergreens in icicles in winter, and waking up the crocuses in spring. And in the summer, Mama Earth sends warm sunbeams to her beloved children, so they can play outside and enjoy the amazing world around them.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Eerdmans Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.
“A Year with Mama Earth” is a stunning lyrical story that allows readers to see the different beauty and changes throughout one calendar year. The book begins in September and flows through each month describing the differences in the earth as the season’s change. The text flows smoothly and effortlessly. I loved how the use of figurative language allows readers to make positive connections between the similarities and differences of each passing month.
I live and teach in Southern California, our environment is filled with dessert terrain and wildlife. I loved using this story to teach my students that seasons look different in different parts of the United States. I can also see myself using this book as a focus on the different figurate language and how to properly use it in a text. The illustrations by Rebecca Green are nothing short of breathtaking! Each illustration is perfectly crafted to match what the text is describing. The details truly bring the story to life and allow readers to visualize how seasons look in other areas.
The notes in the back of the book from the author and illustrator give the story a very well-rounded and personal feeling. I could tell as a reader that this book was a true labor of love for both of them.
“A Year With Mama Earth” is a true gem and a book that should definitely be a part of elementary and elementary libraries. It is a story that not only teaches us to appreciate the earth but to also love it as well.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Winter

When the Snow Falls By Linda Booth Sweeney

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Back of Book:
With sparkling flakes calling from outside, this sister and brother bundle up for an outdoor adventure with Grandma. In the hushed woods, they see and hear wildlife thriving under a new blanket of snow. In the bustle of town, they help their grateful Grandpa dig out. Then, it’s time to get sledding!
My Review:
I live in Southern California and snow is not something that is seen very often. I love finding picture books that describe the fun, and excitement of snow days. This is a perfect read aloud to share in the classroom or at home. It perfectly depicts a day of wintery fun. The rhyming scheme allows readers to follow along and enjoy a snow day. The illustrations are rich in color and allow a reader to feel like they are in the story. I also love the diversity within the illustrations. This is easily one of my favorite winter tales. A beautiful lyrical text that is sure to delight young and old alike.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Winter

The Snowy Nap By Jan Brett

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Back of Book:
Snow is on the way, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates–Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice! It sounds so amazing, Hedgie decides to stay awake instead of going to his burrow. But then a snowstorm starts. Luckily, Lisa finds him and brings him inside so Hedgie gets to see the wonders of winter from inside the cozy house.
My Review:
Jan Brett has written another stunning picture book about the simple beauty of winter. She used her famous hedgehog Hedgie as the main character of her newest tale. The text is poetic and written with beautiful figurative language. I love that all the animals from the barnyard are incorporated in the text. The illustrations are the same colorful and detailed images that make Jan Brett’s stories so unique. I love that readers get a sneak peek of the story through the illustrations on the side panels. This is a perfect addition to any winter unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Winter

Snowball Moon by Fran Cannon Slayton

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Back of Book:
On a quiet snowy night, the lights go out, and the bright snowball moon outside illuminates everything. Two children meet up with some of their neighborhood friends to have fun in the snow sledding, building snow forts, and having snowball fights. They then go back inside to warm up by the fire with hot cocoa before going to sleep, dreaming of sleds and the next time they can have more snowy fun! With charming, retro illustrations and simple rhyming text, kids will love this warm winter picture book!
My Review:
This is a perfect story to read on cold winter nights. It is a lovely tale of one families adventure in the snow one winter night. The rhyming text is simple and easy for readers to follow along with. The descriptive words allow readers to easily picture what it would feel like to play in the snow under a full moon. The illustrations are soft and show the beauty of a snowy winter night. I am looking forward to reading this to my class.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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Winter

The First Day of Winter By Denise Fleming

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Back of Book:
Alive with swirling snow and lots of outdoor fun, the first ten days of winter bring special gifts for a special friend. This cumulative tale will have children chanting along as they discover all the trimmings needed for the most perfect snowman ever!
My Review:
I love that this book uses the twelve days of Christmas in building a snowman. Readers will love following along with the ten things that help create a fantastic snowman. The easy rhyming text gives readers plenty of fluency practice. This is also a great book to use for sequencing. The illustrations are soft, warm, and bring the snowman to life. This is a great story to read during the winter season.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Winter

The Night Before the Snow Day by Natasha Wing

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Back of Book:

It’s nighttime and snow is falling hard. Will the town be snowed in? Will there be a snow day? Odds are looking good in this newest Night Before book for the kids who dream of snowball fights, sledding, and the possibility that it may snow again tomorrow!

My Review:

I live in Southern Ca so we only dream of having a white Christmas. While other states freeze, I try to find picture books so I can explain snow storms to my students. The Night Before the Snow Day is a wonderfully fun look at snow days. The text is written in the filmier Twas the Night Before Christmas poem.  The rhyming pattern is easy for young readers to read alone. This story also makes for a fun and engaging read aloud. The illustrations are warm and bring the little girl in the story to life. I love reading this story during the winter season.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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