Storytime Fun: Animals in Winter

I love doing the animals in winter theme with my storytime kids (and now with my daughter). There are so many fun books that talk about what animals do in the wintertime. The best part is, even though the books are fictional, they are a great opportunity to talk with older preschoolers about hibernation. Here are a few of the books I'm using for this theme.

Snow By Manya Stojic
Large, clear illustrations, bold simple text, and a variety of animals make this story wonderful for younger toddlers and preschoolers.

Bear Snores On By Karma Wilson
This is one of my favorite books and series of books. While bear is sound asleep in his cave, his friends are having a party right outside. The rhyming text and detailed illustrations make this an especially enjoyable book.

Little Fern's First Winter By Jane Simmons
Fern is playing hide and seek with a cousin when Fern's first snow ever begins to fall. Lovely illustrations depict Fern's first encounter with snow.

Old Bear By Kevin Henkes
Beautiful illustrations by Caldecott winner Henkes make this a charming book to read.

In addition to reading these books, I found some fun fingerplays and songs!
For an additional activity, try making a birdfeeder using these directions from Jan Brett's web site. While you are there, be sure to check out all of the wonderful free resources you can print to use with your kids. Her artwork is beautiful and she offers free coloring pages, activity sheets, masks, and more to use in conjunction with her books or on their own.
What are some of your favorite animal books to read with your kids? Are there any about hibernation?

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