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Winter Books: Snow, Hibernation, and More

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 28, 2010

Winter. A very fun season: Ice skating, skiing, sledding, building snowmen—or snow-ladies—and the perfect excuse for some good-old hibernation. Definition of hibernation: staying inside watching movies, playing board games, and reading books.

From picture books to a young adult novel, check out this uber-cool list …

Picture Books

Bedtime for Bear

by Brett Helquist

Reading level: Ages 2-7

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (December 21, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Wintertime is here, and that means it is bedtime for Bear. But Bear’s friends don’t think so. They want Bear to come and play outside in the snow. Bear can hear his friends calling. He hears them laughing and playing. Bear can’t sleep. But it’s bedtime! What is a bear to do?

Add this book to your collection: Bedtime for Bear

Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee

by Chris Van Dusen

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 36 pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 27, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: One winter morning, Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee, head out bright and early to learn how to ski. But what begins as a pleasant day in the snow quickly goes downhill when a run-in with a curious moose sends them flying through the air and hanging above an abyss! How will Dee and Magee find their way out of this snowy situation? Chris Van Dusen, the creator of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, has crafted yet another fun-filled adventure for Magee fans old and new.

Add this book to your collection: Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee

Ten on the Sled

by Kim Norman (Author), Liza Woodruff (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Sterling (October 5, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Author Kim Norman (Crocodaddy) and illustrator Liza Woodruff have whipped up a rollicking, jolly, snow-filled adventure!

n the land of the midnight sun, all the animals are having fun speeding down the hill on Caribou’s sled. But as they go faster and faster, Seal, Hare, Walrus, and the others all fall off…until just Caribou’s left, only and lonely. Now, a reindeer likes flying-but never alone, so…one through ten, all leap on again!
An ideal picture book for reading-and singing along with-over and over.

Add this book to your collection: Ten on the Sled

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox

by Susan Blackaby (Author), Carmen Segovia (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Sterling (January 4, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Happy Groundhog Day! But when Brownie steps outside, there’s not even the slightest sign of spring-just her shadow, a frosty field, and a hungry fox who wants to munch her for lunch. Determined not to become a meal, Brownie finds a clever and tasty way to melt the ice and turn Fox into a friend…and make the wait for winter’s end a little warmer.

Susan Blackaby’s deliciously witty writing and Carmen Segovia’s adorable animals and stunning landscapes combine to create a picture book filled with springtime joy. Just right for reading with a cup of cocoa and cinnamon toast…Brownie’s favorite meal!

Add this book to your collection: Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox

Let It Snow

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Paperback: 24 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Original edition (October 1, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: From building snowmen to drinking hot chocolate by the fire’s warm glow, LET IT SNOW celebrates wonders of winter!

With softly-colored art, adorable children, and festive outdoor scenes, LET IT SNOW is the perfect wintry follow-up to LET IT FALL.

Add this book to your collection: Let It Snow

The Greatest Snowman in the World!

by Peter Hannan

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (October 19, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Charles Chinchilla looked out his window and couldn’t believe his eyes. . . .

It’s a winter wonderland, and Charles Chinchilla knows just what to do . . . he and his friends will make the greatest snowman in the world! But it’s not as easy as they think, and it’s time to get creative! It’s a good thing Charles always has a plan.

Get ready for a snowman like no other as author and illustrator Peter Hannan tells the hilarious story of a chinchilla determined to create a true snow masterpiece!

Add this book to your collection: The Greatest Snowman in the World

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons

by Il Sung Na

Reading level: 1-5

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: What do the animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare?  Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters.  Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow!

As with Il Sung Na’s previous books, Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit is filled with rich illustrations, charming animals, and a simple, lyrical text—all wrapped up in a gorgeous package. It’s a gentle introduction to the ideas of adaptation, hibernation, and migration, and an exhuberant celebration of changing seasons.

Add this book to your collection: Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons


Middle Grade

Because of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.

Add this book to your collection: Because of Mr. Terupt


Teens

Ice Claw (Danger Zone)

by David Gilman

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Max Gordon: Wanted for Murder

High in the freezing French Pyrenees, Max Gordon’s race to win an X-treme sports challenge has become a race to survive. He witnesses the last moments of a mysterious Basque monk, who screams a cryptic clue before plummeting to his death. The clue? A prophecy that foretells a cataclysmic ecological event that will kill millions of people across Europe. Max is desperate to find a solution, but instead he’s accused of causing the monk’s death, and the hunt is on to find him. How can Max prove his innocence when nobody will trust him . . . and he can trust no one?

Add this book to your collection: Ice Claw (Danger Zone)

For even more winter book selections, visit: Kids Winter Books: Snow, mittens, polar bears and other arctic animals

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

Comments
  • these books all sound good. A lot of these seem to be about animals, which I think is great, but I also write children’s books (not published yet) and a lot of the publisher’s guidelines say not to submit a manuscript about talking animals. But, there are so many of these type of books published every year, so they must like them.

    January 30, 2011
  • You forgot classic Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian! Outstandingly fun poetry for grade school kids, all about winter.

    January 31, 2011

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