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.
- 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
- 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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