We’ve already had our first taste of snow back in October; we’ve even seen our first snowmen of the season. And although we haven’t had more since then, I think we can be fairly certain that there is more of the fluffy white stuff to come.
At Barista Kids, we think curling up with some hot chocolate and reading books about snow might be more attractive than actually shoveling snow or chiseling ice. And there’s no need to get the kids in and out of forty layers each time you read! Here are a few of our favorite snuggle-up-and-read books.
Anyone familiar with Alison McGhee’s Someday already knows that Making a Friend will be a heart-felt treat for both adults and children. Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal, and similar to the tale of Frosty or Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, this book takes a child through the building of a snowman friend, playing, and then losing him when he melts. It reminds children that “What You Love Will Always Be With You.” The illustrations are lovely in their simplicity, and the text and drawing layout also works together to tell the story. It’s a gorgeous book!
Red Sled, written and illustrated by Lita Judge, is an almost wordless book that allows your children to tell their own version of the story. The book follows the adventures of a sled during the night. It reminded me of Jan Brett’s The Mitten thanks to the variety of animals who play with the sled. The illustrations will make children laugh and get to know lots of forest creatures as they imagine themselves sledding along the snow with a bear, a porcupine (ouch!), raccoons, and many more animals. It will also afford a grand opportunity to teach your kids about onomatopoeia.
Another book with wonderful illustrations is Stars, written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Maria Frazee. While not entirely about snow, it does compare stars to snowflakes, and that’s good enough for us! The illustrations of children enjoying many different kinds of stars are stunning, and the story serves to either comfort or lull to sleep at night. Exploring the wonder of stars both in the sky and all around us, the story points out that we are surrounded by shapes and imagination wherever we go. This book is one that any child (or adult!) will want to leaf through many, many times.
Thanks to the generosity of Simon & Schuster, we have all three of these books to giveaway to one lucky reader! And don’t worry, if you don’t win these books, visit [words], Watchung Booksellers, or the Montclair Book Center for the same titles. They would make great gifts as well!
To enter, tell us what your favorite snow-day activity is. One person who replies to this post by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, January 5, 2012 will be chosen at random to win all three books. Please post only once.
No purchase necessary. Starts Tuesday, January 3 at 11:30 am EST and ends Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm. Open to U.S. residents ages 16 years and older. Void where prohibited.