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Winter titles that will fill children with wonder!
Winter is in full swing, and with it comes the opportunity for cozy, wintry-themed story times with the children in your classroom! Here are five favorite read-aloud choices for the chilly days ahead. Want these titles for your classroom library? Visit the Scholastic Teacher Store and use promotional code 112196 to receive 25% off these books!
Read aloud, re-read, perform, and sing this classic introduction to the months of the year, beginning with winter months filled with sliding ice, snowmen and strong winds. (New York: HarperTrophy, 1962).
Suggested extension activity: Gathering Together to Mark Time
Related article: How Children Develop a Sense of Time
by Kristine O'Connell George
Delightful text and illustrations suggest all the wonderful ways one can play with a single mitten. Once the missing mitten is found, the poet and illustrator add surprising uses for the matching pair. No doubt, young children will have their own missing mitten stories to tell. (Scholastic, 2004).
Suggested extension activity: Is This Your Shoe?
The authentic childlike question, “What do snowmen do at night?” is posed in this rhyming tale enhanced with vibrant illustrations. Children can consider the imaginative possibilities as well as search for hidden pictures in the mounds of snow. (New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2002).
Suggested extension activity: Frosty Fun
This book is a winter feast for the eyes and ears. Author and artist explore all the thrills of winter play with words that are fun to recite and bold collage illustrations that are a treat to examine. (Holiday House, New York, 1999). *Sorry, 25% discount does not apply to this title.
Suggested extension activitiey: Winter is Here!
When It Starts to Snow
by Phillis Gershator
This lively animal tale, filled with repeated refrains, offers lots of content information. Young children will learn the wintry weather lifestyles of many familiar animals as well as a few unfamiliar ones. (Be prepared to introduce the “stoat.”) (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998). *Sorry, 25% discount does not apply to this title.
Suggested extension activity: Get to Know Snow