Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Baby it's Cold Outside

Winter break is over and e are getting back into the comfort of our regular schedules. Since it's snowing out yet again I thought it would be fun to make a list of some of my favorite winter stories..

Snowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
ages 5-8
A true life story about Wilson Bentley, a man who loved snow he devoted his entire life to capturing the ice crystals on film. His family helped Bentley out by buying him a camera with a microscope on it. It took Bentley a couple of years to perfect a way of photographing flakes. He never gave up on his dream. The artwork in this book is beautiful, and it gets better every time you read it.

The Blizzard
by Betty Ren Wright

The sweet story of Billy , his birthday and the way his day goes from bad to great in the middle of a snowstorm. the imagery makes you feel as if you are in the blizzard too, and then warming up in the farmhouse.

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
ages 4-8
I remember reading this book in my school library when I was in grade school. So I love being able to read it to my kids. Keats captures the wonder of a child exploring the snowfall.

Snow, Snow :winter poems for children
by Jane Yolen
This book is just the right length to expose children to a nice bit of poetry. The word can be savoured and the pictures go along beautifully.

Names for Snow
by Judi K. Beach
illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
ages 2-5
I may have liked this book better than my daughter. It is just so darn pretty!
There is almost too much cuteness to look at, but the text is simple for the preschool set.

by Scott E. Franson
ages 2-5
My daughter giggled and giggled when we read this wordless book together. She was mesmerized by the silly thought of a girl going out in the snow in her swimsuit and umbrella, and making spring appear wherever she walked.

Snow Shapes: A Read-And-Do Book
by Judith Moffatt
We all could us a cure for cabin fever for an afternoon!

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