Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Snow Day!


In the midst of another round of unseasonably high temperatures, I'm dreaming of a snow day.



Before Morning, by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes needs to be your next picture book read aloud, whether to your whole class, or to the child on your lap.

Study the details on the cover carefully for foreshadowing.

Read the story in the pictures along with the story in the words.

Make your wish...and see what happens!





Best in Snow, by April Pulley Sayre is a great companion to Before Morning. With rhyming text and gorgeous photos, Sayre teaches about the formation of snow and the way it changes with temperature shifts. There are more facts in the back of the book.




A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, is the perfect third book in this snowy trio. It, too, is a poem. As Pinkney describes, it is a " 'collage verse,' 'bio-poem,' or 'tapestry narrative' in which factual components are layered with a mix of elements." Readers learn the story of the man who created one of the THE most iconic snowy day book AND transformed children's book publishing at the same time by including a "brown-sugar" "cocoa sprite" character.



5 comments:

  1. We are ready for a 'snow day', too. Both these books are wonderful, I agree, good winter books to have just in case we're gazing at snow out the window.

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  2. Just requested Best in Snow and I picked up A Poem for Peter from the holds shelf this week at the library. Before Morning? That's this year's Christmas gift to me, already purchased and on the gift shelf ready to be wrapped!

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  3. I'm not ready for snow, but I do love winter books! I will miss placing them out in my classroom library this year. I loved Before Morning and have been wanting to check out A Poem for Peter. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Some of the most talented folks on the planet with these books... Thanks for featuring them, and wishing you more seasonal temps soon.

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  5. Some of the most talented folks on the planet with these books... Thanks for featuring them, and wishing you more seasonal temps soon.

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