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Three Winter Themed Picture Books to Wrap up 2017

As the final post for 2017, I want to share three beautifully illustrated picture books that touched my heart. Each one involves winter, animals, and caring for each other. The first is a unique take on researching a science report - The Bear Report by Thyra Heder Through dreamy watercolor illustrations and sparsely worded dialogue, emerges the story of a girl's discovery of the wonders of the north pole and polar bears. Bored with a mundane assignment, Sophie is magically transported to the North Pole by Olafur, the polar bear. She experiences his habitat, food, interests, and struggles. She also discovers many similarities and learns the song of whales. Ultimately, Sophie's discoveries all

A Loud Winter's Nap - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

When I first decided to write a PPBF post on this book, I didn't realize how often my life imitates art. Instead of getting right to it, I ended up imitating Tortoise. While not actually hibernating, I definitely withdrew and burrowed into decorating, cookie making, and spending some glorious time with my kids. And, like Tortoise, I also rediscovered the simple joys of winter and friends. I had almost forgotten how fun it is to ice skate and play in the snow. In a worthy sequel to Too Many Carrots, Tortoise learns that sometimes bucking tradition can have fun results. A Loud Winter's Nap Author/Illustrator: Katy Hudson Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (2017) Ages: 3-5 Fiction Themes: Winter

Susanna Hill's 7th Annual Holiday Contest

In this busy season of cleaning, baking, decorating, shopping, and wrapping it's important to find time for yourself. Why not take a moment away from everything and read some wonderful holiday stories. Check out the links, but also be sure to scroll through the comments for some great surprises. The rules are: Write a children’s holiday story (for age 12 and under) about A Holiday Surprise! Any kind of surprise – anything at all! – the more unexpected the better! Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, bu

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