Off the Shelf: Winter tales for the season

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a birthday party and a three year old sat down by me on the couch with a stack of books. He knew how to spot the librarian in the room. If you have any little ones in your life, check out these winter tales this season.

Who says you can’t have a lemonade stand in winter? “Lemonade in Winter” by Emily Jenkins is a story about brother and sister entrepreneurs, Pauline and John-John. It’s a book about pursuing goals and thinking outside the box. It’s a fun introduction to counting money. It’s also a good book to share as an introduction to running a small business — it has everything from creating a business plan, product development, accounting, advertising, marketing, inventory control, and net profit! And of course, they have a ‘sale’! If you’re helping kids prepare for a scouting, sports, or activity booth sale, keep this book in mind.

“The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen is a nice holiday picture book that follows the adventure of a fish, Pout Pout, as he sets out to find the perfect gift. It has rhyming phrases, bright pictures, and ends with a great message.

I’m a big fan of wordless picture books. “Waltz of the Snowflakes” by Elly MacKay is about a little girl who has to get dressed up on a dreary day for an outing with her grandmother. Their outing is to the theater where her mood and world transform as the curtain rises. This is a beautiful, essentially wordless picture book. Mackay’s illustrations are gorgeous. They wonderfully capture the magic of seeing a show for the first time. So, take a magical first trip with her to see “The Nutcracker”.

It wouldn’t be winter without a penguin or two. “Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups” by Tadgh Bentley is a book that lets the reader and audience be a bit loud. The little penguin enlists the help of the reader to get rid of his big (and chronic) hiccups. He simply can’t get rid of them no matter how many times we try to scare him. It’s silly which is what we need sometimes.

If you’re ready to hit the slopes, “Bunny Slopes” by Claudia Rueda might be for you. See if you can tackle the bunny slope with a cute little bunny that has a problem when he can’t find any snow to ski on. This is a fun interactive picture book. It might just be the book for a snowy day.