Winter Library Books


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Read with passion! Maintaining the same highs and lows in your voice at the same point in a story helps children begin to remember the words.

WINTER—BOOKS | SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS | WEB SITES

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Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
Find out how other animals cope with winter's worst weather.

Snow is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley
Find out how snow helps plants, animals and people to survive.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino
Visually stunning exploration of the science of snow, perfect for reading on winter days.

There was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a woman swallows some snow, a pipe, some coal, a hat, a stick and a scarf.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
This beloved nonfiction picture book reveals the tunnels and caves formed beneath the snow but over the ground, where many kinds of animals live through the winter, safe and warm, awake and busy, but hidden beneath the snow.

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
A young girl names all the clothes that she must wear to play in the snow.

Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre
Follows a bear from the time she emerges from her den in April after four months without food, through months of eating fish, ants and huckleberries, to midwinter when the arrival of two cubs interrupts her long winter's rest.

WINTER—BOOKS | SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS | WEB SITES

Have fun with finger puppets.

Songs and Fingerplays

Snowkey Pokey

You put your mittens in, you put your mittens out
You put your mittens in, and you shake them all about
You do the snowkey pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about
Additional verses: Scarf, boots, hat, whole self

The Mitten Chant

Here is a mitten (hold up one hand)
A snug, fuzzy one (rub palms together)
With a place for my fingers (wiggle four fingers)
And a place for my thumb (wiggle thumb)

Here are two mittens (hold up both hands)
A colorful sight (move hands back and forth like windshield wipers)
One for my left hand (hold up left hand)
And one for my right (hold up right hand)

Here are our mittens (hold up both hands)
As soft as can be (stroke the back of each hand)
A warm pair for you (point to a neighbor)
And a warm pair for me! (point to self) 

The Walrus Washes His Winter Coat (watch on YouTube)
(Storytime scarf and shaker song)

The walrus washes his winter coat
Down by the wavy ocean
He adds some water and he adds some soap
And he waits and waits and waits
And the laundry shakes, shakes, shakes
The laundry shakes and shakes and shakes
The laundry shakes and shakes until it’s clean
And the laundry shakes, shakes, shakes
The laundry shakes and shakes and shakes
The laundry shakes and shakes and then it stops
(repeat and substitute “spins” for “shakes” and spin hands around) 

Snowflake snowflake
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free.
Snowflake, snowflake, walk with me.
(Walk walk walk. Now stop!)
Touch my head, then my toes.
On my nose where the cold wind blows.
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around.
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free.
Snowflake, snowflake, jump with me.
(Jump jump jump. Now stop!)
Touch my elbow, then my shoulder,
On my chin where it is colder.
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around.
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free.
Snowflake, snowflake, wiggle with me
(Wiggle wiggle wiggle. Now stop!)
Touch my ear, then my knees.
Snowflake, let me see you freeze!
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around.
Snowflake, snowflake sit back down.

Polar Bear Turnaround
(Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)

Polar bear, polar bear turn around.
Polar bear, polar bear, touch the ground.
Polar bear, polar bear, growl real loud.
Polar bear, polar bear, sit on the ground
(additional animals: Seal –bark; Penguin – squawk; Snowy owl – hoot)

WINTER—BOOKS | SONGS AND FINGERPLAYS | WEB SITES

Websites

Arctic animal yoga poses
Penguin paper bag puppet
Hot chocolate matching game
Indoor winter activity free printable
Papr bag polar bear craft
Winter STEM activities

 





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