Winter Warmth

These seven fiction and informational titles are perfect wintertime read-alouds.

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Cold Snap.  Eileen Spinelli.  Alfred Knopf, 2012.
As the temperature in Toby Mills approaches zero become stressed and weary.  a bonfire celebration brings the town together and lifts spirits.  Retro artwork.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


It’s Snowing!  Gail Gibbons.  Holiday House, 2011.
Gibbons’ signature artwork and informative text describes how snowflakes are formed, different types of snow, and how to prepare for a snowstorm.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade



Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money.  Emily Jenkins and G. Brian Karas.  Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012.
Even though it is the dead of winter, their parents cannot talk Pauline and her brother John-John out of opening a lemonade stand.  Loaded with enthusiasm, they spend $6.00 on supplies.  Despite their creative attempts to get customers, they make only $4.00, which they spend on popsicles for themselves. Back page is Pauline’s explanation of how to remember the value of each coin.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Over and Under the Snow.  Kate Messner.  Chronicle, 2011.
Skiing through a woodland, a girl and her father look for signs of animals.  Cut-aways show how many animals spend the winter beneath the snow.  Back matter provides information on how the various animals winter.  Common Core Literary Nonfiction.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story.  James and Joseph Bruchac.  Dial, 2012.
Rabbit loves winter and longs for snow in the summer.  Selfishly, he chants his traditional snow song in spite of the animals’ objections.  Rabbit learns a good lesson about patience.  Also a pourquois tale of how rabbit got his powder-puff tale and where pussy-willows come from.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



The Reader.  Amy Hest.  Amazon Children’s, 2012.
A small boy takes his dog, sled, a snack and his favorite book to the top of a sledding hill.  They enjoy their snack and book before heading back down.  Charming!  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Snow Day for Mouse.  Judy Cox.  Holiday House, 2012.
Mouse gets swept out of the house into an “icy, lacy, snow-flaky day.  He plays in the snow, ice skates, and with the help of friendly birds, escapes Cat.  When he makes it back inside the toasty warm house, he remembers the birds and takes them a special treat.  Love the ebullient illustrations which show us life from Mouse’s point of view.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Snowmen at Work.  Caralyn Buehner.  Dial,2012.
A young boy ponders the nighttime jobs snowmen may have.  They could be dentists, factory workers, pet store owners, mechanics, bakers, teachers, librarians and pizza deliverers in a secret world of snow people.  An element of seek and find adds to the goofy fun.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade
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