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Wintertime Reading

Spring sunshine may seem like it’s a world away, so while the temperatures are cold, consider curling up with your son or daughter and a good wintertime book. Here are a few winter reading recommendations from Missouri Parent for three- to eight-year-old readers.

Owl at Home
By Arnold Lobel
4-8 Years
From the author of the Newbery Medal Award-winning “Frog and Toad” books, Owl at Home is a collection of five tales for kids, including one about the evening he invites Winter to come inside and sit by the fire.

It’s Winter
By Linda Glaser
4 Years & Up
Filled with beautiful cut-paper artwork by Susan Swan, Glaser’s book conveys the animal life, plant life, weather, clothing, colors and feelings of winter. The book even includes wintertime nature activity suggestions.

Snowflake Bentley
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
4-8 Years
Snowflake Bentley is on the true story of snowflake expert Wilson Bentley, whose enthusiasm for snowflakes lead to the discovery that no two snowflakes are alike. The book received a 1999 Caldecott Medal for best illustrations for its woodcut illustrations by Mary Azarian.

By Uri Shulevitz
3-7 Years
This Caldecott Honor book captures the faith of a little boy and his dog who believe that what begins as a few snowflakes will amount to something spectacular. Simple, poetic text is paired with lively watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations in this book for young readers.

Owl Moon
By Jane Yolen
3-8 Years
A father takes his daughter out owling on a cold winter’s night. This Caldecott-winning book has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and is listed by the School Library Journal Blog as the #16 “Top Picture Books”.

The Snowy Day
By Ezra Jack Keats
3 Years & Up
This Caldecott Award-winning book has become a classic since it was first published in 1962. Vivid illustrations accompany the tranquil story of a young boy named Peter who experiences the joy of a snowy day.

White Snow, Bright Snow
By Alvin Tresselt
4-8 Years
While the adults scurry to make practical preparations for a snowstorm, the children laugh and dance, catching snowflakes on their tongues. This Caldecott Medal Winner captures the wonder and delight children feel in snowfall through poetic text and brilliant illustration.

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