One of my favorites is the Caldecott Award winning The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Through minimal language and captivating collage illustrations, Keats introduces us to a preschooler named Peter who wakes up one morning to discover that his urban neighborhood is covered in snow. Peter ventures out into the deep snow for a day of simple childhood adventures. The Snowy Day and other works by Keats can be found in the 10BH library’s “Award-Winning & Classic” section or at your public library. All of Keats’ books feature children from multicultural neighborhoods.
Another favorite is The Mitten by Jan Brett. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find the mitten and crawl in; first a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed into the mitten by a tiny brown mouse. All sleep snug and warm together until comedy ensues! You and your learner will savor the gorgeous illustrations and follow Nicki’s oblivious winter adventure.
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming is another winter gem for preschool children. Vibrant illustrations and simple language tell the story of bear who senses that winter is coming and that it is time to sleep. First, bear must tell snail, who must tell skunk, and so on until ladybug brings it full circle and wakes bear to tell her that it is time to sleep!
Don’t forget to check out our substantial collection of holiday books in the 10BH library. Reading recommendations are always available at your public library or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.