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Winter Books for Little Kids

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While we adults may bemoan the horrid ten minutes every morning scraping the car off, kids get pretty darned excited as the gray of late-fall morphs into the bright whiteness of winter. Here are some books to help them celebrate, with ages between 2 and 8 represented.
Counting on Snow

Counting on Snow

edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover

Maxwell Newhouse, folk artist extraordinaire, has created a unique counting book. The premise is simple. He invites children to count with him from ten crunching caribou down to one lonely moose, by finding other northern animals - from seals to wolves to snowy owls - as they turn the pages. But as the animals appear, so does the snow, until it's a character too, obliterating light and dark, sky and earth.

A gorgeous exploration of the isolation and the beauty of northern winter, Maxwell Newhous …

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Who Likes the Snow?

Who Likes the Snow?

by Etta Kaner
illustrated by Marie Lafrance
edition:Hardcover
tagged : weather

Snow --- it crunches when we walk on it, floats down like feathers onto our faces and makes our sleds zoom. But what is snow? And how does it transform the world around us?

With a wonderful sense of movement and color, this unique book in the Exploring the Elements series invites children to explore their world with delight and curiosity. Young readers will open the flaps to find the science of snow and related topics clearly explained. Inside, they will discover why snow is white, what snowflake …

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Snowed In At Pokeweed Public School

Snowed In At Pokeweed Public School

illustrated by John Bianchi
edition:Paperback

A heavy snowstorm traps the students and staff in the school overnight thanks to the snoozing Principal Slugmeyer who fails to send everyone home early. Trapped without beds, supper or pajamas, the children rely on their beloved Ms. Mudwortz to help them.

And, of course, she saves the day with style, turning a potential disaster into a memorable sleepover that every school child dreams about (and every teacher fears).

Originally published in 1991, this is one of Bianchi's best-selling books. Wit …

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Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow

Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow

illustrated by Phoebe Gilman
edition:Hardcover
also available: Hardcover Paperback

Rediscover the magic of a snowy day on the 10th anniversary of this delightful Jillian Jiggs story!

"Jillian, Jillian, say it's not true.
How do you lose all the things that you do?"

Jillian wants to go play in the snow with her sister and her friends, but her mom says no - not until she finds her hat! So instead, Jillian wears a Martian hat from the costume box. Of course, that means the snowscape needs to be turned into Mars, with cosmic landscapes, aliens, and flying space sleds. As the creat …

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Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen

retold by Ken Setterington
illustrated by Nelly Hofer & Ernst Hofer
edition:Hardcover

Gerda and Kay are the best of friends. They live across an alley from each other and happily chat, play, and tend their lovely rose garden. The children are happy until tragedy strikes Kay. His eye and heart are pierced with fragments of a mirror, and the loving boy Gerda knew vanishes. The Snow Queen has put him under her spell and taken him to her palace of snow and ice. It is up to Gerda to find him and bring him home to the love that awaits him.

In this timeless storybook, Ken Setterington ha …

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Sizing Up Winter

Sizing Up Winter

by Lizann Flatt
illustrated by Ashley Barron
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found in everyday plants and animals.
What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would snowflakes all fall from the same height in the sky? Would otters spread themselves evenly across lakes? Would groundhogs be aware of the date? In Sizing Up Winter, the third title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of time and …

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A Prairie Boy's Winter

A Prairie Boy's Winter

edition:Paperback

Since its first publication in 1973, this book has sold more than 250,000 copies in nine countries and it has won more awards than any other Canadian book.

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The Rink Rats

The Rink Rats

edition:Paperback
tagged : winter sports

 

Tom gets his first lesson in responsibility when he and his team agree to tidy up an outdoor rink.

It's a snowy February in Calgary, and the bumpy outdoor rink at Crescent Park needs a lot of work. Tom and his friends pledge to perfect it in time for the annual Family Day hockey game, and soon they get to work. But maintaining and improving a rink proves to be a lot of work for the boys: They are faced with repeated snowfalls, ice damage, illness, and poor performance in their hockey games, due …

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