Giveaway: Snow that Needs No Shoveling

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 03, 2012 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (43)

WINNER: Congratulations to rockinrobin!

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.

Good luck!


  1. POSTED BY carla  |  January 03, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    well, we moved to Montclair last year during what everyone said was, “the worst winter in history.” Thus I wasn’t too fond of the snow. But this year, we’re prepared! (winter boots, snow pants, sleds, etc, etc), and the activity that I’m most looking forward to is to take my two little boys to sled on fresh snow. Afterwards we’ll have hot cocoa.

  2. POSTED BY mtclibn42  |  January 03, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    I am looking forward to sledding near the Iris Gardens with my daughter and husband.

  3. POSTED BY lauren  |  January 03, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Watching my kids and husband play outside, then having the neighborhood drink hot cocoa and play inside our house after. Someday I hope to be brave enough to use our fireplace 🙂

  4. POSTED BY summitsummit  |  January 03, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Ice skating at the Mennen Arena then coming home to some homemade hot chocolate!

  5. POSTED BY State Street Pete  |  January 03, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Making as big a mountain as possible with all the snow from the sidewalk and the driveway, which then becomes a house, a fort for throwing snowballs at dad, a mini sleding hill, etc.

    Last year Mt State Street was more than 7 feet tall. This year, not so much.

  6. POSTED BY njgator  |  January 03, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    A day of “working” from home, sledding and post-sledding hot cocoa with extra marshmallows!

  7. POSTED BY scs_in_nj  |  January 03, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    My favorite snow day activity is admiring the first pristine whiteness and how the snow creates a quiet, lovely environment. And if I’m lucky, I’ll get some good shots with my camera while it’s all still fresh…

  8. POSTED BY Sandy  |  January 03, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    Of the 7 comments, above, I am 100-percent certain that none of the people are age 63 🙂
    MY favorite is watching the snow from indoors, awaiting the man that plows the driveway, sidewalk, front path and such, and giving thanks that I have 5 car Garages.

  9. POSTED BY sisi  |  January 03, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Definetly go sledding next to the IRis GArden…..

  10. POSTED BY montclairjane  |  January 03, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    This year my 2 year old will be old enough to go sledding and make her first snow angel. Can’t wait!

  11. POSTED BY katvanwin  |  January 03, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Helping clear the path to our front door, mailbox, etc. then coming in to our cozy house to make some freshly baked cookies and tea!

  12. POSTED BY ernstangst  |  January 03, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    i’m looking forward to sledding with my two boys and making hot cocoa afterwards!

  13. POSTED BY iforgotmypasswordagain  |  January 03, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    Watching the kids run around with the dog, who gets all playful and crazy frolicky when it snows. Then hot chocolate all ’round (not for the dog, though!)

  14. POSTED BY meestaluke  |  January 03, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    Making natural snow cones with my sons! (Pay no mind to the after taste from the Newark Int overflights)

  15. POSTED BY ambergierer  |  January 03, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    my favorite snow day activity is sledding with the kids!!!!

  16. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 04, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    My favorite snow-day activity is dragging my adolescent son out of bed at noon, putting a cup of coffee in his hands and telling / persuading / cajoling / bribing him to come outside and help me shovel.

  17. POSTED BY gigig99  |  January 04, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    sledding and hot chocolate with great friends and neighbors is the best snow day activity ever.

  18. POSTED BY ali9  |  January 04, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    We love to run and play in the snow, build a snowman and drink a cup of hot chocolate/coffee afterwards.

  19. POSTED BY gratefulmom  |  January 04, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    We love it when my 6’1″ manly-man husband lays down in the snow and makes snow angels with my 5 year old daughters. He’s a big kid! While I get good video footage and photos, my girls and I get a really good laugh! Then, of course, they are happy to dive into the snow beside him and follow his lead to make their own snow angels. It’s the best sight!

  20. POSTED BY rak  |  January 04, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    I love a good snowball fight!

  21. POSTED BY johnnyo  |  January 04, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    I enjoy sledding with my son and believe it or not, I actually enjoy shoveling.

  22. POSTED BY nycmontclair  |  January 04, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    I love snuggling on the couch with my husband and son, drinking hot chocolate, eating popcorn and watching a movie.

  23. POSTED BY kwamina  |  January 04, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    Staying home and either reading a good book or watching an old movie.

  24. POSTED BY elisabeth  |  January 04, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    My favorite snow day activity is sitting by the fireplace with a hot cocoa in my hand!

  25. POSTED BY rockinrobin  |  January 04, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    I love watching the snow fall and being cozy indoors with a hot drink and all of us having a pajama day.

  26. POSTED BY nausikaa  |  January 05, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    Snowball fight! Followed by peppermint hot cocoa, naturally.

  27. POSTED BY urbanpark  |  January 05, 2012 @ 7:01 am

    Making Snowangels!!!

  28. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 05, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    27 comments must be some kind of record for Bkids. And of those, 24 mention hot cocoa.

  29. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 05, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    Um Roo,

    Although I’m so impressed and happy with how many people want to win books, we’ve had more than 27 comments. Don’t you remember the circumcision post? 😉

  30. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 05, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    Oh, the circumcision thread… Of course! Those were the days, ‘gette, those were the days.

    Well, I suppose 27 (now 30) is not bad for hot cocoa.

  31. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 05, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Hot cocoa is very, very good.

  32. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 05, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    If only we could work sex into the story…

  33. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 05, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    Oops! Sorry, I forgot this was BaristaKIDS. Maybe a poop joke instead.

  34. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 05, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
  35. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 05, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    And speaking about poop, please help out our Diaper Drive:

  36. POSTED BY Holly Korus  |  January 05, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    Ok this is my favorite thread ever!!!!!

    I love starting my day listening to the snowplows hard at work. They usually wakes up my four year old and he comes in bed to cuddle with me and we fall back asleep. Then my daughter comes in bed and we turn on the TV to see how much snow we are getting.

    For anyone who has been to my house in the winter you know….it is a great place to be snowed in!

  37. POSTED BY Holly Korus  |  January 05, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Oh and also I got these boots for GG’s and My b-day ( sorry GG your feet are too big) and I think they are super sexy!:

  38. POSTED BY Tudlow  |  January 05, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    Hmmm, I like to watch cheesy romantic comedies, read with my kids, watch the birds at the feeder, feed the fish, put the hamsters in their balls, play Wii with the husband, cuddle with the cat, contemplate the merits of circumcision, you know, the usual.

  39. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 05, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    What’s up with telling Baristaville about my big feet Holly?

    And anyway, you know what they say about big feet on a woman right?

  40. POSTED BY Holly Korus  |  January 05, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    No, no too big too borrow mine ( she says I have tiny feet). I also like to take out the hippity hop and attach it to the sled with bungy cords then race down the street. Now who is in to race me this year?????

  41. POSTED BY walleroo  |  January 05, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    Nothing makes me randier than ordering diapers.

  42. POSTED BY lisapc  |  January 05, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

    Snowmen, snow angels and cocoa with mini marshmallows, we are new here so the kids are excited about snow!

  43. POSTED BY Tudlow  |  January 06, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Did someone say hippity hop? I’m in! I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.

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