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A New Year's Bedtime Report, Part 1

Sooooooooooo, I'm way behind on bedtime reports. I haven't done one in more than a month, and I'm going to try not to overfill this post.

First, a few winter picture book favorites that we enjoyed this season:

Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger and Elizaveta Tretyakova

A quiet, lyrical winter story with a hint of magic, best read on a snowy day ...

Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind and Paul O. Zelinsky

Another quiet and lyrical tale, this one more about the blending of holidays and communities and bringing people together in a celebration of the best in us ...

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis

A perennial favorite of ours, if you haven't celebrated the solstice and the season with Susan Cooper's warm, embracing poetry and Carson Ellis' whimsical but rich illustrations, well, you should ...

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

This one's another seasonal go-to for us, even when the climate gives us an unusually warm week for December ... We love to dance and believe (and so wish we could flit into the tender scenes) with one boy and his dog ...

Poe and Lars by Kashelle Gourley and Skylar Hogan

On the lighter side, we really enjoyed meeting Poe and Lars this year. I mean, what's not to love in those faces? Their journey to friendship and survival is just delightful and so much fun to read aloud.

Though not strictly a winter story, this one always feels like winter to me. We love Joseph and his bright evolving coat and the patchwork colors that deliver a poignant point in a jaunty way.

Woodland Dreams by Karen Jameson and Marc Boutavant

The perfect story for bed time, curl up with the gorgeously illustrated creatures in their cozy woodland homes and let Jameson's words whimsically woo you (or the littles) to dream ... I suppose this one's a little more fall flavored than winter, but it'll warm your heart and that's a good thing in the cold months.

Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar and Troy Cummings

Finally, how about a fractured fairy tale on ice? Tara Lazar always brings fun to the page and Troy Cummings' bright illustrations add to the merriment. Skate along with Red in this read-aloud (and then go find the book):

That's it for this post! I'll do a second much belated bedtime report with some other favorite reads less seasonally related ... Go cozy up with some books!

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