DEC
17

Four Favorite Winter Picture Books

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Now that the clocks have switched back (man, it’s dark out now!) and the pumpkins and Halloween books have been put away, there’s nothing but cold and snow on the horizon for many of us. But one thing makes the dark nights and cold days worth it…winter picture books! Here are some of my favorites, enjoyable for both kids and adults.

Written by: Jennifer Petro-Roy

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

This lovely picture book examines the creatures that live under the layer of snow that is all that most of us see.  It follows a child and her father, cross-country skiing over a landscape of newly fallen snow, and lets us explore the world beneath those skis at the same time: from squirrels to bullfrogs to bears. The text is calming and the illustrations are soothing and tranquil, making it a perfect nighttime read. Messner also includes a wealth of information at the end about the very animals she mentions in her text.

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

Another quiet, calming read in which the reader goes along with two birds to discover how in the world of nature, there really are no two things exactly alike: whether it’s snowflakes, trees, or people. I love the juxtaposition of the red birds against the blue landscape, the message is sweet and welcome, and the rhyming is well done.

Snug as a Bug by Tamsyn Murray

This is a counting book wrapped up in a fun, playful story about a young boy going to the playground with his mother on a chilly day. As they head off on their travels, George has to decide how snug he actually wants to be, and which silly animals he wants to resemble. A perfect combination of a whimsical plot and bright, vivid illustrations!

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

This winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal tells the story of Wilson Bentley, who dedicated his life to photographing the intricacy and uniqueness of snowflakes. even when others tried to discourage him from this passion. Presented in gorgeous woodcut illustrations, this book is equally gorgeous in both its words and its pictures.

What are some of your favorite seasonal picture books?

AUG
20

Five Books My 19-Month-Old Loves

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Five Books My 19-Month-Old Loves

Written by: Jennifer Petro-Roy One of my goals as a mom is to give my children a love of reading. Each guest at my baby shower gave us a book instead of a card so that E would have a well-stocked library before she was born. And as I mentioned in my last post, E absolutely [...]

JUN
03

Weekly Reads Online Book Club 6/3/2013

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Weekly Reading Book Club

I’ve gotten a little side tracked with my reading thanks to a couple of new television shows I discovered and quickly devoured: Continuum and Longmire. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read, but sometimes I enjoy living a character’s story through tv instead of a book. Especially when I am too tired to read [...]

APR
15

Weekly Reads Online Book Club 4/15/13

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Weekly Reading Book Club

We went to the library over spring break and brought home a bunch of new to us books. It is always fun to mix story time up a little bit with something to read that isn’t in our personal book library. I particularly liked The Princess and the Pig and The Queen of France that Madeline picked out. I [...]

MAR
25

Weekly Reads Online Book Club 3/25/13

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Weekly Reading Book Club

Soccer started this past week, along with a few other family things that have left a lot less time for me to spend reading in the evening. I have to say that I’m really looking forward to spring break next week and a few lazy afternoon trips to the library with the kids. I put [...]

MAR
18

Weekly Reads Online Book Club 3/19/13

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Weekly Reading Book Club

Please welcome Allison for today’s Weekly Reads Online Book Club! For the last three years I have challenged myself to read 100 books in a year.  Each year I came close, but I never made it to 100 books.  This year, 2013, is the year!  I am committed to scheduling time to read each night [...]