I’m a sucker for winter and festive books and each year I cannot help but add to my collection.
This is looking at three newly published Picture Books that we’ve added to our collection of winter books!
The Shortest Day- Susan Cooper and illustrated by Carson Ellis (Walker Books)
This book is a beautiful and exquisitely simple way to understand the sentiments and folky mythological meanings behind the Winter Solstice, many of which that has informed the Christian festival of Christmas such as holly, lights in trees, evergreens and song.
With an Afterword explaining the sentiments and history of the poem as a performance piece, I think this will be part of our own Yule from now on.
This is such a wonderful way to explore the Nature earthier side of this season and much is communicated non-verbally through the images to understand as much as Susan Cooper’s beautiful poem.
Just like you- Jane Chapman (Little Tiger)
This is a gorgeously heartwarming tale of love and that childlike desperation to grow fast with a gorgeous twist on expectations as we see a little girl mammoth want to grow up to be like her Pops when we usually see this kind of story centring around sons.
A wonderful story for men to share with their daughters, granddaughters, step daughters and so forth to show a kind and encouraging love.
Snow still- Holly Suplice (Nosy Crow)
This is an absolutely beautiful book with exquisite illustrations, a perfect book for younger children who aren’t quite ready for longer stories as there is only two words on each page (except the last which is 4) and one will be snow. However it is also for those who enjoy looking deeply at pictures with plenty of opportunities to discuss the links between the words and pictures.
With metallic accents throughout this is such a calming book that you can get lost in the pictures, a wonderful Wintery experience.
Do you know of any Wintery or nature led winter theme Picture books to add to our collection.
Many thanks to Nosy Crow, Walker Books and Little Tiger Press for the review copies. This has not affected my opinion and they feature here by my own choice not through any incentive.