Preparing for Snow with Picture Books

BookendsLynn and Cindy: We’re having a lovely warm fall here this year, but our Michigan weathermen are forecasting LOTS of snow this winter. We know it’s never too early to start preparing. High on our list? Making sure we’ve got piles of great snow-related picture books to read when the first flakes start falling! Here are some lovely new books that have drifted in lately so make some hot chocolate and enjoy!

Little Penguins by Cynthia RylantLittle Penguins by Cynthia Rylant is the perfect book for the youngest of readers. Five little penguins see the first snowflakes: “Winter is coming.” They rush for colorful mittens, scarves, and boots, and are soon out the door to sled in deep and deeper snow. Rylant uses only one or two simple words on a page, ending the story with warm cookies and snuggly beds. Christian Robinson’s acrylic paint and collage illustrations are simple yet dynamic, ideal for preschoolers and story hours.


Mr. Putter and Tabby Hit the SlopeCynthia Rylant has been busy! Her perennial favorites, Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, take on winter in their latest adventure (and her second book this year), Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope (2016). Mr. Putter likes winter, but sometimes the days are a little slow. “We need some fun,” he tells Tabby, remembering all the fun he used to have sledding. Of course, this means a call to Mrs. Teaberry and before they know it they are hitting the slope! Tabby isn’t so sure but everyone approves of what comes AFTER a day on the slopes: muffins and cream!


first-snow-by-bomi-parkFirst Snow (2016) is South Korean Bomi Park’s debut and leaves us hoping we see more from her soon. Reminiscent of The Snowy Day in its simple depiction of fun in the snow, it concerns a little girl and her snowy white dog awakened by the pit-pat of snow on the window. They bundle up and head out to enjoy the winter wonderland. The contrast of the white snow on the moonlit scenes creates a wonderful palette for the red accents in scarf and mittens. The magic of first snow takes on a new meaning as this book draws to a surreal close.

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for more snowy fun.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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