Although it already feels like it, the first day of winter isn’t until December 21st. That gives you plenty of time to pick up these titles from your neighborhood branch. Mr. Popper’s Penguins might be too long for some early readers, but makes a wonderful read aloud at home or school. Once you’ve finished the book, you can even place a hold on the movie to watch with the whole family/class.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater
Mr. Popper has penguins in his fridge, an ice rink in the basement, and a family for whom life will never be the same. How many penguins in the house is too many? Mr. Popper is a humble house painter living in Stillwater who dreams of faraway places like the South Pole. When an explorer responds to his letter by sending him a penguin named Captain Cook, Mr. Popper and his family’s lives change forever. Soon one penguin becomes twelve, and the Poppers must set out on their own adventure to preserve their home.
The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.
The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kurtz
Flora the pig was born for adventure: “If it’s unexplored and needs to get dug up, call me. I’m your pig,” she says. The day Flora spots a team of sled dogs is the day she sets her heart on becoming a sled pig. Before she knows it, she’s on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilarating–and dangerous–adventure of her life. This poignant novel of a purposeful pig is sure to become a favorite with any young readers who have ever dreamed of exploring the great beyond.
Winter According to Humphrey, by Betty G. Birney
A hamsterific celebration of the best time of the year Room 26 is abuzz. The students are making costumes and practicing their special songs for the Winter Wonderland program and Humphrey is fascinated by all the ways his classmates celebrate the holidays (especially the yummy food). He also has problems to solve like how to get Do-It-Now-Daniel to stop procrastinating, convince Helpful-Holly to stop stressing over presents, and come up with the perfect gift for Og the frog. Of course he manages to do all that while adding delightful heart and humor to the holiday season. Nominated for twenty-four state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country. And he’s becoming a one school/one book favorite!
My Friend Rabbit and the Snow Geese, by Eric Rohmann
On the first day of winter, the Gibble Goose Girls sulk – the snow has made their favorite outdoor activities impossible! It’s up to Rabbit and Mouse to prove that the cold season has its own charms.
After sharing one of the books above, your child can make a penguin from a toilet paper roll. Instructions courtesy of the Noah Wild Blog.