Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reading in a Winter Wonderland

Being snowed in is a perfect time to read with your kids! (Easy to say from the woman who has no children.)

We’re based in Baltimore, so all of us here at Hooked on Phonics are snowed in! We got hit pretty hard over the weekend, and here we go again with more blizzard conditions.

If you are looking for some good snow-themed children’s books to read with your children as you snuggle under the covers, take a look at this list of kids’ favorites suggested by my friend Erin T. Baker, a former first-grade teacher and now the director of a daycare center.

Here’s her top five, in no particular order:

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Lisa and the Snowman by Coby Hol
Chaucer’s First Winter by Stephen Krensky
The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss
The Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer

And of course, no snow storm is complete without my favorite as a child,
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

We hope all of you are warm and safe and still have power. And for those of you who have been trapped in the house for days, we hope you still have sanity.

Happy reading!


Wes Trochlil said...

TJ, I didn't know "Snowy Day" growing up, but now that I have kids, it's one of my favorite kids books.

It's amazing how much can be communicated with just a few well-chosen words (and images). A classic.

larsen0609 said...

Just the other day I was working with an interior design client in their home and the "snowy day" book was sitting on the counter - I hadn't seen it in years so I did a speed read when the client walked away - it's a great one! Will have to check out the others recommended by Erin T. Baker!
Ps - be safe in all that snow!