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Welcome Winter!

Look around! There are special sights when seasons change. In many places, winter brings with it snow and celebrations. There are things to do both indoors and outside. Most importantly, it’s a grand time to make new friends — and friendship just may start when sharing a book!

All Right Already! A Snowy Story

By: Jory John
Illustrated by: Benji Davies
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Duck wants Bear to play in the snow with him, but Bear prefers the indoors. Then Bear gets the sniffles but Duck takes care of Bear; that is, until Bear has had enough. Will Bear return the favor when his neighbor comes down with a cold? Understated humor in text and comic illustrations are hallmarks of the latest Bear and Duck tale.

Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America

By: Jim Murphy
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Weather forecasters didn’t expect much from a storm that approached New York City in 1888 so they left for the day. What became a devastating blizzard is presented here in vivid detail with period photographs and riveting narrative. Contemporary readers will recognize many of the changes that were put in place because of this powerful storm.

Coming Home

By: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by: Kerry Hyndman
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In spite of a storm and with a bit of human help, a struggling but tenacious robin returns home to its mate. There it finds its Christmas bird cake and a watchful, caring young person to celebrate the reunion. Realistic illustrations chronicle the bird’s intense journey, appropriate for any time of the year.

Good Morning, Snowplow!

By: Deborah Bruss
Illustrated by: Lou Fancher, Steve Johnson
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Snowflakes begin to fall as almost everyone says goodnight. But the snowplow and its driver are just gearing up for a long night. Morning comes with closed schools but clear streets and only then do the snowplow and driver say good night! Richly hued illustrations and gently rhyming text present a snowy night’s work.

Got to Get to Bear's!

By: Brian Lies
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Bear invites Izzy, a small chipmunk, to his home, she knows that it must be very important; Bear never asks for much. Izzy and other animal friends brave a blizzard to get to Bear’s to share a very special occasion. Illustrations from varied perspectives add humor and heart to the tale of warm friendship on a cold night.

Hello Winter!

By: Shelley Rotner
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As seasons change, days get shorter and colder. Animals adapt, children await snow, and there are holidays to celebrate. Straightforward text and crisp photographs document winter and introduce some of its characteristics in informative yet poetic narration.

Little Fox in the Snow

By: Jonathan London
Illustrated by: Daniel Miyares
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A fox emerges from its burrow to find food in a snowy landscape, hunting a mouse and a hare. The fox becomes the hunted when a wolverine emerges from another lair. The small fox makes it back to its den where it can find safety and rest. Dramatic illustrations and lyrical narration effectively tell a realistic story.

Making a Friend

By: Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by: Alison Friend
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Beaver is good at many things, just not at making friends. That changes when Raccoon and Beaver make a snowman (actually, a snow animal!) together. Their collaboration helps them realize that they have lots in common — including friendship. Lighthearted illustrations and text present a snowy adventure that grows a friendship.

Winter Is Here

By: Kevin Henkes
Illustrated by: Laura Dronzek
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Winter brings with snow, clinging to branches, “crouching in doorways,” and settles “softly, so softly.” It is followed by signs of an approaching season ... spring! Gentle language and textured, boldly lined illustrations present another season by an award-winning husband/wife team.

Wolf in the Snow

By: Matthew Cordell
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying, wordless story of friendship and trust.

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