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Summer Unplugged: Snow Day!

Anyone else finding themselves dreaming of some cold weather?

The heat in Las Vegas has actually not been as crazy as I expected, but still, I’m anxiously looking forward to tights and sweaters and jackets in London this fall.

In the meantime, we’ll just be reading wintery books over here and pretending we’ve ever lived somewhere we can build snowmen.

Picture Books

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. How could this not start off the list? It always makes me want to go play in the snow and then have a warm bath. 
  • Snow by Uri Shulevitz. No one thinks a few snow flurries will amount to anything except one hopeful little boy and his dog. And they are eventually proved right. 
  • One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small. When a little boy asks for a penguin, his dad, thinking he means a stuffed penguin, happily agrees. 
  • White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin.
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian. This Caldecott medal book is the biography of a man obsessed with snowflakes and his lifetime journey to learn everything he could about them. 
  • Red Sled by Lita Judge. When a little girl leaves her sled outside, some animals decide to take it for a spin themselves. 
  • Brave Irene by William Steig. Irene is the dressmaker’s daughter and there is a just-finished ball gown due to the duchess for a ball that evening. Despite the oncoming snowstorm, Irene volunteers to deliver the dress. 
  • Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson and Stephen Savage. This sweet book about a little polar bear who sneaks out in the middle of the night to see the northern lights is one of my favorites. I

Chapter Books

  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The ultimate winter book, in my opinion. Maybe you can twist some hay while you read. 
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater. Mr. Popper has always dreamed of seeing the Poles, so he is delighted when Admiral Drake sends him a penguin of his very own. 
  • Winterling by Sarah Prineas. First in a trilogy, this book follows Fer who feels she doesn’t belong in her world. When she gains passage to a new world, she discovers she may be the only person who can save both worlds from eternal winter. 
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  • Reply Elaine July 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I, on the other hand, will gladly wait for fall and winter to arrive on their own. But then, it is not nearly as hot here on Cape Cod as it is in Las Vegas. Here are a few links for online winter activities: Build a snow person; Make a Flake; Mix and Match Snowman; Paper Snowflakes; Snowflake Bently; Snowflake Designer; More snowflakes; homemade snow globes; winter crafts from Enchanted Learning; and a $.99 snow globe maker app

  • Reply Elaine July 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Oh, and a recipe for snow pudding It was one of my favorites as a child.

  • Reply KT July 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I really love Mr. Poppers Penguins. Can't wait to read it to the boy in a few years.

    How did you know Ella was ready for chapter books? the boy is definitely not ready (he's just barely 2), but I long for the day when we read longer books (and pictures books too). Did you start with easy readers (ie Little Bear or Kevin Henkes Penny books)? or just dive in to lower middle grade books (Ramona, Betsy-Tacy, etc)?

  • Reply JoLee July 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I am a big fan of the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" Podcast, and recently they did a two-part post that you might enjoy. The first part was on Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the second was on The Long Winter, which was actually a real thing and not just a long winter for Laura, like I thought.

  • Reply Lady Susan July 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Wanted to thank you for these. I have been doing these (more like every two weeks or so) with Finn, and it is so nice to have most of the work already done for me. 😉

  • Reply Vanessa • Little Gold Pixel July 17, 2014 at 1:41 am

    This is awesome. My daughter has been requesting Frozen every day this week, so she must be in a cold frame of mind, too. 😉

  • Reply Christina July 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I love this list. Twelve Kinds of Ice would be a great chapter book addition!

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