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Moving Beyond Frozen: Let It Go!

by Miriam Downey 31. January 2015 10:39

The other day, I said to my 3 -year-old granddaughter: "I have got a song running around in my head and I can't get rid of it. Do you ever get songs running through your head?" She thought for a moment, and then said: "I think that my song would be 'Let It Go'." Of course it would be! She is 3 and she watches Frozen obsessively. When she and her little brother made a snowman the other day, they were upset when it didn't come to life.

Apparently, there is no end in sight for the Frozen phenomenon. Our local auditorium is even having a Frozen sing-along movie planned for next Saturday.

Most parents, on the other hand, are done with Frozen. If you are one of those families trying to freeze out Frozen in your household, here are some books that might move your young ones away from their obsession. By the way, this list comes from the Modern Parents, Messy Kids website.

Snowmen all Year by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. If Olaf is your child's favorite part of Frozen, they'll love this book about magic snowmen that don't melt and get to enjoy all the seasons of the year. 3-8 years.

A Baby Sister for Francis by Russell and Lillian Hoban. Sometimes having a little sister can be tricky. But running away isn't the answer as Frances learns in this sweet book. 4-8 years.

Brave Irene by William Steign. When a dress must be delivered for the ball that night, Irene volunteers to brave the storm to get the dress to the duchess. Brave girls, snowstorms, and ball gowns. This book is perfect for Frozen lovers. 4-8 years.

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes. Penny wants to express herself in song, but her parents are too worried about the younger children being disturbed. Easy Reader 4-8 years.

The Lemon Sisters by Andrea Cheng. Snow is always better with sisters. This is what Elsa, Ana, and the Lemon sisters have in common. 4-8 years.

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small. What do you do when you bring home a penguin? 4-8 years.

The First Snow by David Christiana. Mother Nature really only likes warm weather, but she discovers how delightful a snowy day can be. 4-8 years.

Journey by Aaron Becker. A beautiful, wordless magical world. Ages 3-8.

Here are two books for older readers or are great read alouds.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This is a spin on the Cinderella story. 10 -14 years.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Ani takes it upon herself to save her kingdom and herself. 10-16 years.

Have fun. Enjoy the weather and enjoy the books!



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The Snowy Day

by Miriam Downey 16. December 2013 10:51

I don't know where you are, but in Michigan, we have snow. Lots and lots of snow! No worries at all about a white Christmas. In fact, the worry may be that people aren't going to get wherever they were planning to go for Christmas if the snow machine doesn't shut off. Because we live on the East side of Lake Michigan, the cold winter wind comes across the warmer lake and makes snow, which then gets dumped in our yards and on our roads. Winter started very early this year.

It got me looking for some books about snow to share with those of you who don't have any (snow, that is). Here are some of my favorites both fiction and non-fiction to read this winter.


Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Caldecott Medal). This is a biography of the self-taught scientist, Wilson A. Bentley, who was obsessed with snowflakes. He photographed them and wrote a book about them, which is still in use. (grades 1-3).

Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition by Elixabeth Cody Kimmel. Talk about snow! The 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton to the polar ice cap is a disastrous survival story. (grades 4-8).

Winter Poems Illustrated by Trina Schart. Poems for the winter season. (grades k-5).

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancock. A simple but scientifically accurate picture book. Answers lots of questions about animals in winter. (grades k-2).

The Winter at Valley Forge: Survival and Victory by James E. Knight. How the worst of nature brought the best in men and turned farmers into soldiers. (grades 3-6).

The Kids Winter Handbook by Jane Drake. Lots of good ideas for celebrating winter. (grades k-6).

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. This is a true adventure of how Norwegian children on sleds helped save the country's money from the Nazis. An amazing story. (grades 4-8).

Picture Books

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. (Caldecott Medal). The young city child is absolutely enthralled with the beautiful snowy day. (grades k-2).

 Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (Caldecott Medal). A snowy walk through the woods. (grades k-2). There are several read alouds and videos of Owl Moon on YouTube.

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. A book about making snowballs and all the fun things that can be done with them. (grades 1-3).

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. Katy is a big snowplow who clears the way when the town is hit by a huge snowstorm. (grades k- 2). This book has a great symphonic version on YouTube.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. The classic wordless story of a snowman. (grades k-2).

Chapter Books and Read Alouds

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Introduce your child to Laura Ingalls Wilder with her long winter in the Dakota Territory. (grades 2-5).

Woodsong by Gary Paulson. Paulson is another great author to introduce to your children. This is the story of a dogsled race. (grades 4-8).

The Mystery in the Snow (Boxcar Children) by Gertrude Chandler Wagner. The Boxcar Children's winter adventure. A good introduction to this series. (grades 2-5).

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. (Newbery Award). An exciting adventure story of a young Eskimo girl lost in the wilds of Alaska. (grades 4-8)

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