A Few New Wintery Picture Books
It is January in Minnesota, and that means it is cold and snowy. Most of the time, I don’t mind the cold and snow very much, but sometimes I need to remind myself of the wonderful parts of winter. That’s what’s great about picture books. Last winter, Kristin shared several wintery titles on the blog, and I have a few more to share from 2012.
A Perfect Day by Carin Berger. November 2012. 9780062015808. Gr. PS-2
When you’re a grown-up, snowy weather means long commute times and shoveling sidewalks, but A Perfect Day takes readers back to the childhood pleasures of a snowy day. Sledding, skating, and snowball fights have never seemed as magical as they do in this book. The brief text takes a back seat to Berger’s cut-paper illustrations create a complex and wondrous view of a season that might seem like a simple blanket of white. A truly lovely book that captures the magic of winter almost perfectly.
Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli. October 2012. 9780375957000. Gr. K-3
One of the best things about winter is the way it brings people together. In Cold Snap, the residents of the town of Toby Mills are no strangers to cold. On the first cold day, they are all outside bearing the chill with cheer, but as the cold weather lingers day after day, the people begin to tire of looking for creative ways to stay warm. The mayor’s wife has a plan to boost the town’s spirits, warm them up, and bring everyone together. This old-fashioned story is a wonderful celebration of community.
Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins. September 2012. 9780375958830. Gr. K-2
Pauline and John-John don’t let a little snow or cold stop them from setting up a lemonade stand on their street. There aren’t many people out walking by, so the little entrepreneurs work hard to entice potential customers out of their warm homes or businesses for a cold drink. This book’s main appeal is probably to teachers looking for a lesson in counting money, but I’m from Minnesota—where we have outdoor concerts, festivals, and parades in the winter—so I was quite tickled with the idea that two little kids could make $4 selling lemonade on a cold day.
For all my talk of cold and snow in this post, it’s actually relatively warm here in Minnesota this week with highs in the mid 30s! It’s wonderful! 🙂