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

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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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Winter

Mice Skating By by Annie Silvestro

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Back of Book:
For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow crunching under her paws and wearing a fluffy wool hat. And most of all, Lucy loves to skate, and she’s just ACHING to show off her new skill with her friends. After all, a winter wonderland is twice as nice when you have friends to enjoy it with. But the other mice just don’t understand—and after a disastrous indoor snowball fight, it looks as if they never will. Can Lucy find a way to make the other mice come out and “mice skate” too?
My Review:
This is a sweet story about Lucy a mouse who loves winter. Her friends won’t join her and prefer to stay inside where it is warm and cozy. One day Lucy accidently figures out that she can glide on the ice. She is so excited that she finds a way to share skating with her friends. This is a terrific book to read for the winter season. It shows readers the beauty and importance of friendship. The illustrations are warm and inviting. The text is written in a lovely format and blends humor with figurative language. A simply stunning tale.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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