Snuggling up under a warm blanket on the couch, by a roaring fire, with my cat and a good book sounds like the perfect winter’s evening. Although there is a chill in the air, these books about winter will warm readers right up.
“Disaster Strikes Blizzard Night” by Marlane Kennedy, Illustrated by Erwin Madrid, 2015, Scholastic, 104 pages, ages 7 to 9.
The Walcott family, and their ten-year-old foster son Jayden, set off on a winter trip to the family cabin in the wilderness. Jayden hopes to get to find his place amidst the Walcott children, Maggie, Conner, and Rory. A surprise blizzard, an icy road, and an accident give Jayden chances to prove himself and his loyalty.
“Blizzard” by John Rocco, 2014, Disney Hyperion, ages 5-8.
The joy of a snowy blizzard is expressed through a child’s view in this story based on the blizzard of 1978 that pummeled New England. The children enjoyed snow tunnels, snow angels, and hot chocolate by the fire. The adults waited days for the snow plows, kept a fire in the fireplace for heat, and became creative with preparing meals on dwindling provisions. This simple story and touching pencil and watercolor illustrations serve as a good reminder that the beauty of snow is in the eye of the beholder.
“Earmuffs for Everyone” by Meghan McCarthy, 2015, Paula Wiseman Books, ages 4-8.
Few people know Chester Greenwood as an inventor of earmuffs, although people of all ages enjoy warm ears on a cold winter day because of Chester’s creativeness. This informational book shares the story of a man with an inventive spirit who could look at an ordinary object and improve upon its usefulness. Although it is unknown who originally invented ear coverings, Greenwood is credited with improving the early design for earmuffs in 1877 and creating the soft, warm winter accessory we wear today.
“Sick Simon” by Dan Krall, 2015, Simon & Schuster, ages 4-8.
Winter time, and our indoor living, seems to be a breeding ground for germs. Sick Simon takes his sickness and germs to school and shares them with others on the school bus and in the classroom. Soon the germs take over and begin to teach Simon a lesson about how they live and grow. Simon decides to take action and defeat the germs and become the health hero!