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Cold Weather Friends

Selected and annotated by Bryan Clark

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New Titles

Dewey, Jennifer Owings. Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World; written and illus. with photographs by Jennifer Owings Dewey. Harper Collins, 2001. Gr. 4-7
Take a four month journey with Dewey as she meets inhabitants on the fringe of the Antarctic Circle.

Gay, Marie-Louise. Stella: Queen of the Snow; written and illus. by Marie-Louise Gay. Groundwood/Douglas and McIntyre, 2000. 3-6 yrs
As Sam experiences winter for the first time, who better to learn the tricks of the season than from Stella, Queen of the snow.

Landry, Leo. The Snow Ghosts; written and illus. by Leo Landry. Houghton, 2003. 3-6 yrs
Run through the adventures and activities of the Snow Ghosts as they live out their days in peace and amusement in the northern mountain snow.

LaReau, Kara. Snowbaby Could Not Sleep; ills. by Jim Ishikawa. Tingle/Little, 2005. 4-6 yrs
Follow the attempts, and misses, of snowparents attempting to bring peace to their snowbaby as he struggles to fall asleep.

Layton, Neal. Hot, Hot, Hot; written and illus. by Neal Layton. Candlewick, 2004. 4-7 yrs
Discover, through humorous exploits, how two wooly mammoths and their friends deal with the short summers of the Ice Age.

Lerangis, Peter. Smiler’s Bones; Scholastic, 2005. Gr. 7 and up
The only surviving member of six Eskimos taken to New York, Minik relates his story as Eskimo and New York City attempt to co-exist.

Lester, Helen. Tacky and the Winter Games; ills. by Lynn Mansinger. Lorraine/Houghton, 2005. 4-7 yrs
Tacky shines as the odd-man-out penguin who shows that there is more to the Winter Games than precision and competition.

Mastro, Jim. Antarctic Ice; by Jim Mastro and Norbert Wa; illus. with photographs by Norbert Wa. Holt, 2003. Gr. 3-5
With the help of breathtaking photographs, take a journey below and above the ice on the lonely continent.

Murphy, Jim. Blizzard!; illus. with photographs. Scholastic, 2000. Gr. 5-10
In 1888, the Northeast was crippled under the force of a great storm. Follow this telling of the events that devastated an entire region.

Quattlebaum, Mary. Winter Friends; illus. by Hiroe Makata. Doubleday, 2005. 5-7 yrs
Through the form of poetry, winter is expressed by following a little girl and her winter activities.

Richardson, Justin. And Tango Makes Three; by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell; illus. by Henry Cole. Simon, 2005. 5-8 yrs
When two male penguins fall in love at the Central Park Zoo, human interest steps forward as nature fails to provide this pair with a family.

Schertle, Alice. All You Need for a Snowman; illus. by Barbara Lavallee. Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002. 3-6 yrs
This book gives the story of a group of children finding the requirements for their snowman on one particularly cold day.

Stojic, Manya. Snow; written and illus. by Manya Stojic. Knopf, 2002. 2-4 yrs
Discover how various animals deal with the onset of winter and the coming snow in this animated tale.

Taylor, Theodore. Ice Drift. Harcourt, 2004. Gr. 5-8
Two Inuit brothers are trapped on the ice flow as it cracks and drifts into the cold Arctic Ocean. As they drift through the water, they confront numerous animals while they try to survive.

Waddell, Martin. Snow Bears; illus by Sarah Fox-Davies. Candlewick, 2003. 2-5 yrs
When a mother bear’s cubs are “replaced” by snow bears, excitement and trickery ensue for the family.

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Older Favorites

Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Little, Brown, 1938.

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