When It Starts to Snow book
When It Starts to Snow
Written by Phillis Gershator and illustrated by Martin Matje
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Various animals tell what they do and where they go when it starts to snow.

Sleepy Bears book
Sleepy Bears
Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry Argent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Winter is here, and in winter, bears sleep. But how do you convince six not-so-sleepy bear cubs to go to bed? Mother Bear, of course, has found a way—with a cozy rhyme for each of them. Once again, beloved author Mem Fox enchants little ones—and their parents—with a tender bedtime story, irresistibly illustrated by Kerry Argent.

Over and Under the Snow book
Over and Under the Snow
Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-8

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.

Tiger and Badger book
Tiger and Badger
Written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Best friends Tiger and Badger work through their disagreements over a toy, a chair, and sharing.

Tiny Little Fly book
Tiny Little Fly
Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

With a tramp and a roll and a swat, Great Big Elephant, Great Big Hippo, and Great Big Tiger try to capture Tiny Little Fly as he teases each one in turn.

The Secret of the First One Up book
The Secret of the First One Up
Written by Iris Hiskey Arno and illustrated by Catherine Bernard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Kindergarten-Grade 2-When Lila, a young groundhog, objects to going to sleep for the winter, Uncle Wilbur tells her to rest so that she can try to be the first one to wake up in the spring and discover a big secret. She is indeed the first groundhog to awaken and quickly runs up the tunnel and outdoors, where she is greeted by all of the animals that do not hibernate and learns from them how important her shadow is. Lovely, warm illustrations, created with gouache, colored pencils, and acrylics, depict the groundhog household as well as a variety of winter animals. A short note on Groundhog Day is appended. This book can be used for holiday celebrations or as an addition to a storytime or unit on hibernation. —-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Leo the Late Bloomer book
Leo the Late Bloomer
Written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready. 'Reassuring for other late bloomers, this book is illustrated with beguiling pictures.' -- Saturday Review.

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! book
Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!
Written by Maureen Wright and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

As winter comes and Big Bear prepares to hibernate, he keeps thinking he hears Old Man Winter giving him exhausting orders that prevent him from sleeping.

Little Black Sambo book
Little Black Sambo
Written by Helen Bannerman and illustrated by Florence White Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children's book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children. The story was a children's favorite for half a century until the word sambo was deemed a racial slur in some countries and the illustrations considered reminiscent of "darky iconography." Both text and illustrations have undergone considerable revision since. Sambo is a South Indian boy who lives with his father and mother, named Black Jumbo and Black Mambo, respectively. Sambo encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new clothes, shoes, and umbrella so they will not eat him. The tigers are vain and each thinks he is better dressed than the others. They chase each other around a tree until they are reduced to a pool of melted butter. Sambo then recovers his clothes and his mother, Black Mambo, makes pancakes out of the butter.

Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep book
Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep
Written by Jane Yolen, Heidi E. Y. Stemple and illustrated by Brooke Dyer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When winter's snow creates a soft blanket of silence, nothing is more comforting than curling up under a cozy quilt. Whether slumber awaits in a warm bed, a rocking hammock, or a nest of leaves, the feeling of comfort and the infinite world of dreams are universal. This reassuring lullaby will calm any child to sleep, while Brooke Dyer's gentle illustrations show that the little details in everyone's niche truly make a place into a home.

Good Night, Baby Bear book
Good Night, Baby Bear
Written and illustrated by Frank Asch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

As winter approaches, Mother Bear must bring a snack, a drink, and finally the moon to her cub before he can go to sleep in a cave.

The Bear's Winter House book
The Bear's Winter House
Written by Quentin Blake and illustrated by John Yeoman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

The bear is behaving very strangely indeed: collecting moss, logs, and branches to build a winter house. The other animals think this is silly, and laugh at him, but when winter comes, bear is cozy in his house while the other animals suffer in the cold. Being a very kind bear, he invites the others in; but unfortunately for the bear, they are too excited to sleep—it seems he will get no rest at all this winter. But when spring arrives, he finds a solution.

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