Winter has decided to show up and it seems to be making up for lost time. Snow always makes me want to put some comfort food on the stove and curl up with a good book. I’ve decided to share some of my favorite children’s books about snow/winter. Some of these jewels will warm your heart while others will give you a chuckle. In no particular order, (except for the first one) here are my selections for you:
1. A Little Bit Of Winter – by Paul Stewart. Hedgehog and Rabbit have been friends for quite a while. Winter is coming and Hedgehog is about to hibernate. Rabbit is pretty torn up about not seeing his friend for months on end. Hedgehog doesn’t understand what the big deal is about winter so he asks Rabbit to save him some. Hedgehog wants to know how winter “feels”. After Hedgehog goes into hibernation, the sorry continues and shows how dull Rabbit’s life is without Hedgehog. Rabbit figures out a way to save some winter for Hedgehog and the results are rather comical. If you like this book, make sure to pick up, The Birthday Presents. It is super cute too:)
2. Snowmen At Night – by Caralyn Buehner. Have you ever thought about what your snowman does while you are snug in your beds at night? Why, they have ice cold cocoa, play baseball and go sledding, of course. The rhyming text in the story just flows and before you know it, the night is over and so is the story.
3. Waiting For Winter – by Sebastian Meschenmoser. Deer tells Squirrel about winter which makes Squirrel determined to see what winter is really like. He has to think of creative ways to keep himself awake and doing so, he wakes up Hedgehog and Bear. Well, then they all have to start looking for snow and Hedgehog is the first to find a “snowflake”…it’s actually a toothbrush… Totally funny! Cracked me up!
4. Winter Is the Warmest Season – By Lauren Stringer. This book tells all about how Winter is warm. From drinking hot cocoa and wearing fuzzy boots to being read to in front of a warm cozy fire. AAaaaahhhh makes me need a nap:)
5. The Lamb Who Came For Dinner – By Steve Smallman – Wolf was mad because he had to eat vegetable soup AGAIN! Then, what does he hear? A knock at the door and opening it, he finds a little lamb. Of course, he lets the poor lamb inside but he can’t eat a frozen lamb so he has to warm her up. After warming her up, feeding her and rocking her to sleep…we are only on like page 6. Get the book. Read it. You’ll love it. The end:)
Now go and get some fuzzy socks on and some co-razy tights, snuggle down and let the snow fly:)
Drawing comes natural for some folks but for me…not so much. I think that’s why I latched on to the book, Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book, by Ed Emberley. I actually discovered this book about 15 years ago, before I even had kiddos. I took it home, broke out my ink pads and went to town. I COULD DRAW! IT WAS MAGICAL!! I feel like if I can gain confidence by adding some stick arms to a thumbprint, imagine what kind of boost it would give to a child. The book is stuffed full of simple examples of what you could do with a fingerprint.
WARNING! You can’t just make one:)
Also, if you enjoy the fingerprint book, Mr. Emberley has several other books that have simple drawings that you can recreate. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book Of Weirdos and Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book Of Trucks And Trains
Now get to drawing!
- Ed Emberley’s Fingerprint Drawing Book by Ed Emberley
- Ink Pads
- Sharpie Marker
Since the baby has been born, I’ve been starving for a book. I know I could listen to an audio but I just can’t stay focused on one unless I’m driving my Mom van. It is super hard to find time to read nowadays so I’ve devised a plan. I’ve found, what I’d call, “bathroom readers”. That’s right! I’m taking bathroom books to the living room and even into the bedroom:) Okay, it’s mostly pictures but they fulfill, for the moment, my need for books. I’ve come up with a short list that will leave you breathless from laughter and also some that will keep you intrigued…if only for a short time:)
- I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets – Smith, Larry
- There I Fixed It: (No You Didn’t) – Cheezburger
- Postsecret Extraordinary Confessions From Ordinary Lives
- People Of Walmart: Shop And Awe – Wherry, Luke
- F In exams – Benson, Richard
- Awkward Family Pet Photos – Bender, Mike
- I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats – Marciuliano, Francesco
- Passive Aggressive Notes – Miller, Kerry
- I Can Has Cheezburger? – Professor Happycat
- P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids Letters From Camp – Falanga, Diane
Lunch Ladies! This series just confirms my theory that the lunch ladies always had something up their sleeves. I always thought this, back in the day. The series follows two tech savvy cafeteria workers as they fight crime in their school. They have a spork phone for cryin’ out loud! Anyway, whenever they see something suspicious they hit their secret hide out and hatch a plan. Using the newest gadgets, they solve crimes and protect Thompson Brook school. Super funny…and mysterious:)
P.S. You’ll want to start with #1 Lunch Lady And The Cyborg Substitute by: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Our book club recently read, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Let me tell ya, I’ve never wanted so badly to crawl into a book and hit one of the characters in the face…with a cactus. I’ve always said that if a book doesn’t leave you with some kind of emotion then, it wasn’t all that great. Walking away from a book in tears or ready to throw a fit, now those books stick with you forever.
The story is told through the wife of a Southern Baptist preacher and her 4 daughters in rotating chapters. It began with the family learning they are leaving their Georgia home and going to live in a tiny village in the Belgian Congo in the 60’s. Nathan Price has no narration in the book but his actions speak volumes. Once there, the family is thrown into a world they’ve never known. The country falls steadily into turmoil and Nathan refuses to leave and seek safety for his family.
There are parts of the story that you just want to roll your eyes at and others that you are wiping away tears. Get It. Read It. The End.
My love for Scaredy Squirrel has gone on for years now! Just as my older kids were about to grow out of his awesomeness, along comes the next generation. I can’t wait to share these books with our new little bundle.
Scaredy Squirrel’s life is pretty bland…because he never leaves home. He is seriously scared of everything under the sun. Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt is hilarious!
Scaredy Squirrel has a plan for just about every situation that could possibly happen to him. He is prepared for shark attacks, poison ivy, and even green Martians. He quickly learns that for every Plan-A you need to have a Plan-B as back up. Sometimes, Plan-B is better than Plan-A.
There are several Scaredy Squirrel books and once you read one, you’ve got to have them all!