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Check It Out: Wintry Reads at the Brown County Library

12:47 PM, Dec. 2, 2013  |  Comments
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A story of few words, most of them onomatopoeia, Lita Judge's "Red Sled" is anything but quiet. A red sled propped against a cozy cabin tempts a curious bear to borrow the tempting toy. One by one, more forest creatures join bear on his joy ride. Each animal has a unique reaction to the downhill thrill, which is depicted through exclamations in lively font as well as the priceless facial expressions from euphoric glee to wide-eyed fear. Luckily, all the furry friends end their adventure with satisfied smiles. "Screech scrunch[ing]" through the snow to return the sled, the animals leaving a melee of footprints behind for the cabin's occupant, a little boy, to puzzle over. A cacophony of the sights and sounds of winter, this celebratory book will enchant children ages 2-5.

Picture Books, Folk Tales, and Beginning Readers

"A Carousel Tale" by Elisa Kleven

Ernst, an amiable young crocodile, takes one last ride on the carousel in the park before it closes for the winter. When Ernst notices that his favorite carousel animal, the dog, has a loose tail, the carousel operator tells him to keep the wooden trinket until spring. Ernst treasures the memento and finds himself painting the tail like a vibrant bird and playing with his new treasure. When his big brother warns him that the carousel operator will be upset, Ernst is nervous that he made a mistake. Fortunately, creativity is rewarded in this gentle story. Illustrated in whimsical watercolors with kaleidoscope-like details enlivening every page, this is an inspiring story for ages 4-8.

"Those Darn Squirrels Fly South" by Adam Rubin

For fans of wry humor and just a bit of sweetness, this third entry in the Those Darn Squirrels trio revisits the curmudgeonly Old Man Fookwire and the scheming squirrels he loves to hate. Fookwire's grumpiness increases when his favorite painting subjects, the brightly plumed floogle birds, fly south for the winter. When the squirrels devise a fanciful plan to vacation down south with the migrating birds, Fookwire is especially lonely. When the old man receives an invitation (well, more of a dare) from his bushy -tailed nemeses, he decides to take a vacation for the first time in decades. The resulting days amongst faniciful birds and squirrels, starts to thaw Fookwire's frosty demeanor in this absurdly appealing book for ages 4-8 .

"All Around the Seasons" by Barney Saltzberg

"The Bear in the Book" by Kate Banks

"Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson

"Bedtime for Bear" by Brett Helquist

"Carl's Snowy Day" (wordless) by Alexandra Day*

"Charley's First Night" by Amy Hest

"Counting on Snow" by Maxwell Newhouse*

"Estelle Takes a Bath" by Jill Esbaum

"Frog and Toad All Year" (beginning reader) by Arnold Lobel

"Froggy Gets Dressed" by Jonathan London*

"Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett

"The Hat"/"The Mitten" by Jan Brett

"A Hat for Minerva Louise" by Janet Stoeke*

"Here Comes Jack Frost" by Kazuno Kohara*

"Hibernation Station" by Michelle Meadows

"Immi's Gift" by Karin Littlewood

"In the Snow: Who's Been Here?" by Lindsay Barrett George

"The Jacket I Wear in the Snow" by Shirley Neitzel

"A Kitten Tale" by Eric Rohmann*

"Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money" by Emily Jenkins

"Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic" by Monica Carnesi

"Making a Friend" by Alison McGhee

"Mama, Will It Snow Tonight?" by Nancy Carlstrom

"No" by Claudia Rueda*

"No Two Alike" by Keith Baker*

"Old Bear" by Kevin Henkes*

"One-Dog Sleigh" by Mary Casanova

"Over and Under the Snow" by Kate Messner

"Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story" by Salina Yoon*

"Polar Bear Morning"/"Polar Bear Night" by Lauren Thompson*

"Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep" by Jane Yolen*

"Snowball Soup" (beginning reader) by Mercer Mayer

"Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert*

"The Snow Day" by Komako Sakai

"Snow Day Dance" by Will Hubbell

"Snowmen" (series) by Caralyn Buehner

"Snow Wonder" (beginning reader) by Charles Ghigna

"The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats*

"Super Snow Day Seek and Find" by Michael Garland

"Time to Sleep" by Denise Fleming*

"The Unbeatable Bread" by Lyn Littlefield Hoopes

"When Blue Met Egg" by Lindsay Ward

"Who Likes Snow?" by Etta Kanner

Non-Fiction

"Pebble Plus: All About Winter" (series) by Martha Rustad*

Titles in this series include books on animals and people in winter, as well as a basic introduction to the science of snowflakes. With minimal text and large, appealing photographs, these books introduce seasonal concepts in an appealing way. Although Pebble Plus titles are marketed as beginning readers, the large format of these titles are a read-aloud ready way to introduce informational concepts to children as young as two.

"Animal Hibernation" by Jeanie Mebane

"Animals of the Snow and Ice" (series) by Elaine Landau

"Are You Ready for Winter?" by Sheila Anderson

"Explore Winter: 25 Ways to Learn About Winter" by Maxine Anderson

"Hibernation" (beginning reader) by Toni Kosara

"Let's Look at Winter" by Sarah Schuette

"A Snowflake Fell: Poems about Winter" edited by Laura Whipple

"The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder" by Mark Cassino

"Under the Snow" by Melissa Stewart

"Winter Friends" (poetry) by Mary Quattlebaum

"Winter Wonderland" by Jill Esbaum*

* good books to share with toddlers

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