Winter

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

The Ice Dragon visits young Adara every winter near her birthday. The beast offers a chilly magnificence like no other creature. Adara does not fear the creature though, for she has felt the cold many times before.

A lonely child, Adara lost her mother in the rigors of her birth. Her father loves his daughter but struggles to connect with her, finding her too somber and a cruel memory of his wife's passing. It is this loneliness that forces Adara to embrace the winter. After meeting the ice dragon, they begin to ride in secret.

Over and Under the Snow

By Kate Messner

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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.
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A Guide to Nature in Winter

By Donald Stokes

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Subjects include snow crystals and snow ecology, birds' nests and winter bird behavior, evidence of insects, animals tracks and signs, winter weeds and wildflowers, evergreen plants, and wintering trees.

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The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Long Winter

The constant beating of the winds against the house, the roaring, shrieking, howling of the storm, made it hard even to think. It was possible only to wait for the storm to stop. All the time, while they ground wheat, twisted hay, kept the fire burning in the stove, and huddled over it to thaw their chapped, numb hands and their itching, burning, chilblained feet, and while they chewed and swallowed the coarse bread, they were all waiting until the storm stopped.

It did not stop during the third day or the third night. In the fourth morning it was still blowing fiercely.
“No sign of a letup,” Pa said when he came in from the stable. “This is the worst yet.”
 
On the television series Little House on the Prairie, the sun is almost always shining—not surprising since it was filmed in Simi Valley, California. On television, the weather was hardly ever a problem. The TV stories are usually about how people interact with each other. But in the books, the Ingalls family was up against much more than that mean Nellie Oleson. The Long Winter of 1880-1881 begins with family on their South Dakota homestead, bringing in the hay crop on a lazy August day when all seems well.

The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice

By Carolyn McVickar Edwards

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The winter solstice, the day the "sun stands still," marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year (it occurs either on December 20 or 21). Celebrations honoring the winter solstice as a moment of transition and renewal date back thousands of years and occur among many peoples on every continent. The Return of the Light makes an ideal companion for everyone who carries on this tradition, no matter what their faith.

Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales-from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia-that honor this magical moment. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.

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Testing the ice : a true story about Jackie Robinson

By Sharon Robinson ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
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Froggy Gets Dressed

By Jonathan London

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Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.
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A Hat for Minerva Louise

By Janet Stoeke

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Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.
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Cross-Country Cat

By Mary Calhoun

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Clever Henry isn't about to get left behind by his family at the ski lodge.

Suggested for ages 5 - 8

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Mousekin's Thanksgiving

By Edna Miller

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Mousekin and his forest friends struggle to survive the winter together in the company of a wild turkey.

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