Thursday, November 15, 2012

Warm Up with a Wintery Read

Brrr! It's getting colder outside and you what that means--hot chocolate, a good fire, and lots of good reads! Here are a few winter-themed books to warm you up.

 by Anne Ursu is a middle school book about Hazel and Jack. Hazel never quite fits in with the other kids but bonds with her friend Jack over their love for adventure. After a snowball fight, Jack becomes distant and mean-spirited. As Jack gets progressively worse, it's up to Hazel to find out what is changing her friend and to rescue him from the grip of the Snow Queen.

What are these? These are photographs of real snowflakes taken by a man nicknamed Snowflake Bentley, a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations. Read all about him in this easy biography by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Snowflake Bentley.

As you get ready for bedtime with your little ones, why not read them a story about hibernation? Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows features rhyming text and pictures that will introduce the reader to a variety of animals as they try to snuggle in to sleep.

The Story Of Snow by Mark Cassino is about about the science of snow and  features photos of snow crystals in their beautiful diversity.  Learn how snow crystals are formed into different shapes. Snow-crystal-catching instructions are included in the back of the book. Cool!

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