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The cold days and long nights of winter are perfect opportunities to curl up with a warm blanket and a book. These books about winter, snow, and ice may require an extra blanket when reading.

“Best in Snow” by April Pulley Sayre, 2016, Simon & Schuster, ages 3-8.

The awe-inspiring beauty of winter is captured in stunning color photographs. From snowflakes, to snow drifts, to icicles, frozen nature holds simple beauty. Poetic phrases put words to the winter’s allure.

“Max and Marla” by Alexandra Boiger, 2015, G. P. Putnam, ages 4-8.

Max and Marla dream of being in the Winter Olympics. The two friends prepare and practice day and night, hoping for perfect weather conditions and never giving up. Their determination and undying friendship is inspiring. Sweet pastel illustrations present teamwork at its best.

“Lost. Found.” by Marsha Diane Arnold, Illustrated by Matthew Cordell, 2015, Roaring Book Press, ages 4-8.

A bright red scarf is lost then found by many creatures in the winter forest. The stark amount of text with two repeated words, lets the eyes drift to traveling red scarf. The watercolor and ink illustrations humorously depict the zany antics of the furry friends as they tussle and then cooperate to reach the same goal.

“The Notebook of Doom: Flurry of the Snombies” by Troy Cummings, 2015, Scholastic, ages 6-9.

Snow zombies, or snombies, find an unlikely place to strike at Camp Gloamy, a summer survival camp. Alexander, Rip, and Leo are members of the Super Secret Monster Patrol, and fighting snombies is all in a day’s work. But it’s an odd day when winter strikes in the summer and the friends must stop the ice crusher before he ruins the camp.

“Jack Frost” by William Joyce, 2015, Atheneum, ages 4-8.

Jack Frost began his time as a Guardian of Childhood by lighting the way for the Man in the Moon. To protect his friend, Jack defeated the evil Pitch, but became frozen in time as a boy. Jack vows to watch over the children of the Earth, leaving his icy trail as a reminder. “Jack Frost” joins the collection of William Joyce’s fantasy picture books of the Guardians of Childhood series that include Santa, the Sandman, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Mother Goose.

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