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Thorndyke Thoughts: Winter Wonderland

Close Up of Brown Bear with Black Hat Neatly Trimmed with Plaid Ribbon and Berries


Hey Kids,

It's that time of year when I really love watching snow fall in the courtyard outside, hearing all of the friendly patrons going about their business, and then when everyone goes home, curling up with a cozy book of my own. Some of my favorite are in the Easy Reader collection, and include lots of winter fun and friends. Read on for some suggestions of wintery reads.

Bear Hugs,


When the first snow of winter falls, Catina worries about all her plans for the day being ruined, so her friend Houndsley tries to help Catina let go of her worries and enjoy the quiet time of a snowy day.

Yippee! It is a winter wonderland! What better day for Mouse and Mole to go sledding, whirl around on ice skates, and build snowmen together? But Mole does not want to go outside. Too cold! Too windy! He prefers to stay as snug as a bug in a rug inside his nice, warm bed.

Crow made a friend by Margaret Peot

A lonely crow tries to make a friend from sticks and leaves, then from snow, before forming a friendship that will last.

When the first big snow of winter hits, Sandy wants to play outside--but Andy isn't so sure. Sandy drags Andy along to make a snowman, go sledding, and make snow angels. Will Andy discover that snow can be fun--despite being wet and cold?

Birdhouse builder by Amy Cobb

When Libby and her best friend, Becca, see how hungry the birds are while they are exploring outdoors on a snow day, the girls decide to build a birdhouse to keep the birds warm and feed them, but things do not go quite the way they planned.

Penny and her sled by Kevin Henkes

When Penny, a sweet and curious mouse, gets a new sled, she can't wait to use it. But there's one big problem--there's no snow!

Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, and Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, head for the sledding slope for the wildest ride ever. Maybe winter is not so slow after all!

Chicken in mittens by Adam Lehrhaupt

With a warm pair of mittens, Zoey the chicken and Sam the pig head to the North Pole on a snowy day, thanks to their imaginations.

On the first day of winter, the Gibble Goose Girls sulk when the snow has made their favorite outdoor activities impossible, so it's up to Rabbit and Mouse to prove that the cold season has its own charms.

Poppleton in winter by Cynthia Rylant

Poppleton the pig makes a new friend after an icicle accident, creates a bust of Cherry Sue, and gets a wintry birthday surprise from his pals.

Snow day! by Candice F. Ransom

It's so amazing to wake up to a winter wonderland--it's a snow day!

Nate the Great and the snowy trail by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

When Rosamond's birthday gift for Nate disappears from her sled, the boy detective decides to unravel the mystery.

A snowy day by C. P. Patrick

It's the season's first snowfall! School is canceled, and Ana & Andrew play in the snow with their neighbors and learn to make snow ice cream. They save some snow cream in the freezer for their cousins in Trinidad who have never seen snow.

Snow hens by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Chickens Pip, Midge, and Dot plan to make a snow hen, but the three friends fight over who gets to do what.

Persuaded by his energetic best friend Louise the chipmunk, sleepy Arnold the bear postpones hibernation to do what Louise calls "fun winter things."

Kendall's snow fort by Meredith Rusu

The other WellieWishers promise to help Kendall build a snow fort to keep the animals warm in the winter, but they find there are too many other fun things to do in the snow.

Woof & Quack in winter by Jamie Swenson

Winter is coming! Quack has decided he is absolutely not flying south this winter. He wants to play in the snow, sled, skate, and build snow ducks. His pal Woof is skeptical but goes along with the scheme until-- BRRR!--Woof insists he's flying south. But wait! Dogs do not fly south in winter! Or do they? 

Mouse loves snow by Lauren Thompson

Venturing into the snowy outdoors on a beautiful wintry day, Mouse and Poppa discover the fun of seasonal pastimes, from sledding and skating to making a snow mouse.