Brrrr..illiant 2017 Winter Picture Books
Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
This beautifully illustrated and written picture book enchants readers with repeated text and soft forest scenes. “Winter is coming, what should I do?” the fox asks. As he asks the different forest creatures, one by one they tell him what they do in the winter like make a chrysalis, burrow in the mud, gather and hide acorns. But, it’s not until he sees another red fox that he learns what to do. “When a million snowflakes fill the air, twirling, tumbling, spinning, waltzing, you and I join them.” It’s absolutely a joyful celebration of winter.
When the Snow Falls by Linda Booth Sweeney, illustrated by Jana Christy
Playful poetic language invites readers into a wonderland of multigenerational, multicultural family time in the snow. “Woods hush. Fields glisten. Wren sings. We listen.” The children sled, make snow angels, watch the snowy roads, and return home to a cozy fire next to grandma and grandpa. “Cocoa warms. Mittens puddle. Day dawdles. We cuddle.” This book feels like a warm and cozy hug.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
Hello starts out each page’s text. Hello, robins and cardinals who are ready to fly south. Hello, deer, whose fur is thickening up for winter. Hello, evergreens whos pine-needle branches “shiver in the wind while you sleep.” Slowly the illustrations shift from fall to snowy white winter and so does the text. Hello to frost and icicles. And goodbye, autumn. This is a lovely, cozy by the fire book to share with your little ones.
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
A girl in a bright red coat leaves school. Each page shows the snow worsening. The girl gets lost and so does a little wolf cub. She finds the wolf and carries him, trudging toward the distant howling of his pack. It’s a beautiful moment but then she collapses, freezing and lost. The wolves gather around her, howling for her people who are looking for her. Yes! She’s found and returned home to snuggle by the fire with her parents and dog. The minimal text is only sounds so I’d consider this a wordless book. It’s stunning how Cordell tells this story visually.
Something’s Fishy by Jean Gourounas
Penguin gets more and more grumpy as her friends interrupt her solitary ice fishing. The friends wonder why the fish aren’t biting. And why not. Their entire conversation does not include Penguin which is super funny. Fantastic words peppered throughout, illustrations to love, and a funny surprise ending make this picture book a winter hit!
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snow Globe Edition by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
I love this cover –it’s a fun snow globe for kids to shake and move, watching the white “snow” balls circle around the dad and kids. Inside is not just the familiar story but also delightful 3D illustrations that pop-up. Charming and irresistible for the preschool set!
Lines by Suzy Lee
Watch the beautiful lines adorn each page as a solitary skater creates swirly whirly designs on the ice. She spins, leaps, skates backward, and suddenly — a surprise –eraser marks. Now we see that she’s an illustration on crumpled paper. Until she’s back with new friends, skating on a busy pond. A delightful illusion that plays with the reader who wants to believe in the magic of those lines.
I Want Snow! by Tony Ross
The spoiled Little Princess will crack your kids up. She WANTS snow and has everyone running around the castle. The Prim Minister builds her a snowman out of stones. That doesn’t work. The Admiral built her a snowcastle out of sand. No. Finally, it snows. And you’ll never guess what the Little Princess thinks about it.