Winter Fun

New and Fabulous

Toys Meet Snow is a new story from Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Caldecott winner Paul O. Zelinsky. Three toys venture out into the snow one afternoon while their owner is away. This is the toys’ first time outside on a wintry day and they each muse about their own unique take on what they see. One is rather poetic, the next scientific, and the third asks a lot of questions! The illustrations are gorgeous and you and your children will enjoy talking about the different ways of looking at and responding to winter. Pegged for ages 3-7 years.

Oldie but Goodie

The Mitten is an old Ukrainian folk tale in a classic telling by Jan Brett. When a little boy goes out to play one winter day, he drops one of his new white mittens onto the soft white snow. He doesn’t immediately spot the glove. But the animals scuttering around on the frosty ground see it and decide the warm wool is a good place to huddle. What I like best about this book are the pictures that evoke just the feeling I had when I was a kid playing outside on a snowy afternoon: The sounds of the world muted by the softness of the snow, little animals scuttering across my path as I played in the winter wonderland. A good winter read sure to inspire your young children to head outdoors.

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