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Books for younger set celebrate snow


Check with the children’s librarian at your local library for more stories about the snow and the winter season.

Welcome winter’s white blanket, snow — be it virtual, in our dreams or on the ground.

Here are six delightful early toddler through kindergarten picture books that use snow as a prop or the star of the story.

Penguin’s Snowy Playtime by Ruth Martin, illustrated by Clare Caddy. In this pop-up book, Penguin is sad that there is nothing but snow for miles around him. His friends try to cheer him up by piling snow high to make a slide, build a sled and other fun activities.

Cub’s First Winter, illustrated and written by Rebecca Elliot. Cub, a baby fox, and his mother take one more forest walk as the first snowflakes of the season start to fall. They peek in on the bears who already are hibernating, watch birds fly south, play with the wind and frozen-over river until it’s time to go home.

The First Snow by M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Frank Endersby. Little Deer wakes up to a mantle of new snow and asks, “Where has everything gone?” His friends, Rabbit and Squirrel, show him that the grass still is there, just buried under the snow. After several unsuccessful attempts to stay upright on the white stuff, Little Deer wants to go home. He is persuaded to stay and play, learning to love the snow after all.

The Very Smiley Snowman, illustrated and written by Jack Tickle. Pop-up. A variety of animals — robins, reindeer, penguins and polar bears, plus the smiley snowman — rhyme about the season.

Bear’s Very Snowy Day, illustrated and written by Victoria Ball. Board book with pop-up. Bear wants to climb Snowy Hill and meets two rabbits, three squirrels and four mice on his way and all join him on his journey, then sled back down the hill.

Pugwug and Little by Susie Jenkin-Pearce, illustrated by Tina MacNaughton. The little penguin, Pugwug, slides through the snow and lands in the midst of a group of grownup penguins adoring Pugwug’s new baby brother, who still is in his egg. When there is a seal attack afoot, Pugwug is ordered to watch over his brother until the egg cracks and out pops Pugwug’s baby sister!

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