Winter Reading

Books have a life of their own

and are born in the mind

and given birth to by a writer

into its full-grown life as a book.

Louise Moeri

Photo credit: The Cassell Family (Oak Meadow archives)
Photo credit: The Cassell Family (Oak Meadow archives)

For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, the season of winter is fast approaching. It is the perfect time to nestle in and share additional reading time with your children. Your choice of books could even be centered around the theme of holidays and wintertime.
When my children were in their elementary age level of learning, one of my favorite books to read aloud during this time of year was Star Mother’s Youngest Childwritten by Louise Moeri and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Another favorite was Vivian French’s abridged version of the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carolbeautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson. However, there is a wide assortment of both unabridged and abridged books of this classic for children. At this time of year, your local library will most likely feature several selections from which you can choose.
If your weather is too inclement for traveling or your library is closed for the holidays, the StarWalk KidsMedia site offers a lovely selection of holiday and winter-themed ebooks. Reading books together on a cold winter’s night might just be the perfect way to bid adieu to the old year and ring in the new year!