The Ottawa Public Library is back to share some of their new books for children with us. This month’s post is by Andrea Gowing from the Centennial branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
Winter: A Bright Baby touch and feel book.
This board book has lovely textured pages full of fun pictures of winter’s magic. We find a plump happy snowman, a sparkling snowflake, a winter forest and more! A lovely first winter concept book for little hands.
Hello Winter! By Shelley Rotner. A lovely introduction to our coldest season using vibrant photography that speaks of the joys of winter. Children dressed in bright, warm winter clothing show us how to have fun in the snow. Aspects of the natural world in winter are explored including how animals cope in the cold. Short sentences and simple text make this a perfect read aloud for children ages 4+.
Mice Skating By Annie Silvestro. Lucy is not like other field mice! She does not want to stay all burrowed down in winter. She loves wearing her “fluffy wool hat with the pink pom-pom on top,” and the feel of the snow crunching under her paws. She cannot convince her friends to come outside with her, so she goes alone and discovers the thrill of skating. Eventually Lucy outfits her friends with warm hats and skates, and they too, discover the joys of winter outside. This is such a sweet book with perfect mousie illustrations. Curl up with your little mouse and enjoy. Adults will groan at the ‘cheesy’ puns!
Winterhouse By Ben Guterson. The first book in a trilogy for Middle-grade readers, this story is set in a hotel full of secrets! Eleven year old Elizabeth is shipped off to Winterhouse hotel "…in the middle of nowhere during Christmas with no money and hardly any clothes," by her not so loving aunt and uncle. Lucy’s new friend, 11-year-old Freddy, who loves puzzles and anagrams as much as she does, helps her solve a long-standing mystery. A great story for mystery lovers.
The Boy Who Went Magic by A.P. Winter. While not exactly a winter-themed book, this one is written by A.P. Winter! Magic has been banned, but is it really gone? Bert and Finn set out on an adventure to find it. Airships, fights, adventure, gadgets, and of course magic. This is a fast moving magical tale best described as steampunk meets Harry Potter. A fast paced, ‘can’t put it down’ adventure that will appeal to Harry Potter and Artimus Fowl fans!