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Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow so this means SIX more weeks of winter. I should not complain; it’s only snowed a few flakes although the cold temperatures makes me go “BRR!”
Cold weather does make for a great storytime theme and here are some picture books to share with your favorite readers.
No Two Alike by Keith Baker.
In this book two birds explore how everything, everywhere is unique. On Keith website, learn how to make your own unique snowflake!
Go to Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox and Paul Meisel
Groundhog just can’t sleep! After tossing and turning he gets out of bed and explores fall and winter holidays. Visit the All Kids Network for cute groundhog craft!
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 it 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 in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.
Jan has a really cute craft on her site to re-create the telling of The Mitten, complete with the beautiful artwork from the book!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Spend a day with Peter as he enjoys playing in the snow. Penguin.com has a great resource page for The Snowy Day and other works by Keats!
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you’ve wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all!
Using inspiration from my partner Halos, you can make mandarin mini-snowman!
We used two mandarins, buttons and felt to create our own snowman but you can be as creative as you’d like!
When The Librarian visited my library for storytime we had a blast creating mini mandarin-snow people!