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Books for Kids: Winter Edition

Winter is a great time to snuggle up and read lots of stories with little ones, and so today I'm just going to share some of our favorite 'winter' books that can all be found at our local library in Lincoln. We usually get between 20-40 books per trip, and these are the best of the seasonal loot, as it were. Enjoy!

This is a really unique story, being as it's true. It's about a man, "Snowflake Bentley" who first captured snowflakes with a unique camera decades ago. He discovered that all snowflakes were different, though hexagonal. Though he didn't receive much recognition in his lifetime, we can thank him when we say, "No snowflake is the same". Very neat story for kids 4+.

White Snow, Blue Feather was a book Lukka really liked to read over and over. It's simple language and pretty scenery is a peaceful glimpse of winter in a rural area. A child discovering small details in the landscape behind his home.photocredit

The Tomten is a book that perhaps most people have heard of. A fun little story based on a Swedish poem about a gnome who goes and peeks in on the animals and children during a quiet winter's night, speaking the language only those creatures can understand, and then finding rest himself. Lukka liked this one a lot, and they have other books that are a 'series' of tomten books, not to mention tons of tomten crafts you can find online.

I know I've got a thing for children's vintage books, but come on, this one won the Caldecott Medal back in the 40's. It's very cute but pretty long for most children. I think we read this over a number of two days' naptimes. I think children 5+ would like this book, as it follows many woodland creatures before 'the big snow' and after. photocredit

Hands down the favorite winter book at the Mast house was This Place in the Snow. This story is about a group of neighborhood kids who gather on the mountain pile of snow the plow made in the early morning, and create an imaginative castle fun house out of the white powder. Lukka had such an impression of this book he wanted to create his own 'place in the snow' and carved out a snow nook for himself after our first large snowstorm!


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