William’s Winter Nap

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William’s Winter Nap by author Linda Ashman and illustrator Chuck Groenink

Age Range: 2 – 5 years

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

On a cold winter’s night, several animals seek shelter at William’s home as he tries to sleep. The last animal to arrive is larger than any of the other critters and they hesitate to accept him. This rhyming picture book grabs and maintains readers and listeners attentions as they wait to see which animal will arrive next. The illustrator accurately displays moods of the characters. A satisfying and heartwarming story.

Malaika’s Winter Carnival

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Malaika’s Winter Carnival by author Nadia L. Hohn and illustrator Irene Luxbacher

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Groundwood Books

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

In this picture book, a young girl named Malaika shows resilience when her mother marries, not only giving her a stepfather and stepsister to live with but also thrusting her into a new country with a culture much different from the one she has lived in. My Book Eyes loves details from the text and illustrations that beautifully depict cultural differences. A very relatable story. In some ways all of us have experienced the sentiment of loss for people, places or things due to circumstances beyond our control and have learned to adapt.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland by authors Richard B. Smith and Felix Bernard and illustrator Tim Hopgood

 

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: September 13, 2016

This picture book’s text is the words to the song Walking in a Winter Wonderland. No matter how many times My Book Eyes heard various artists sing this song or listened to the tune as a jingle for a commercial, when it was time for a singalong the words “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” were belted out while the remaining lyrics were reduced to a hum. In this version of the song, some words have changed to make the book more appealing to a children’s audience. This book features the words in big bold text with illustrations that show a family enjoying the snow.

 

Hibernation Station

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Hibernation Station by author Michelle Meadows and illustrator Kurt Cyrus
Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
This rhyming picture book involves animals taking a journey via a log train to destination hibernation. Children will easily relate to problems the characters encounter on the trip including overcrowding, hunger, and fear to name a few. My Book Eyes likes the large text and illustrations which are easily seen from a distance. There are many additional details for the storyteller to ask children about or for independent readers to discover as well as an author’s note about degrees of hibernation which make this book an asset to any book collection.

This is My Dollhouse by Giselle Potter

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

A picture book about a girl who has a homemade dollhouse and a big imagination. Her friend Sophie also has a dollhouse however Sophie’s dollhouse is store bought with many traditional dollhouse items in it. When the girl with the cardboard dollhouse visits Sophie, Sophie doesn’t want to create imaginary scenarios with her toys so the reality based play quickly becomes boring and the girls go outside and swing on Sophie’s swing set. The girl with the homemade dollhouse doesn’t want Sophie to visit and see that her dollhouse is not “perfect” like Sophie’s is but Sophie’s visit can’t be stopped. My Book Eyes were surprised when both girls enjoy the imaginary adventures that they create together. The illustrations are large enough to see in a group. A superb book to use to discuss feelings, friendship, and playing together.

 

The Wish Tree by author Kyo Maclear and illustrator Chris Turnham

Age Range: 2 – 5 years

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

A picture book about a boy named Charles and his toboggan named Boggan. Charles and Boggan go through the woods searching for a wish tree. What they don’t realize is that they become wish trees for animals that need help along the way. After Charles and Boggan help several animals, Charles gets tired and falls asleep. When he wakes up, the animals have prepared a meal for him to enjoy with them.  My Book Eyes smiled to see that even Boggan has a seat at the table.  With warmth, the story touches the wish tree in all of us. The wintry scenes show habitats of a variety of animals.

 

The Christmas Boot by author Lisa Wheeler and illustrator Jerry Pinkney

Age Group: 4-8 years

Publisher: Dial Books

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

A picture book. One Christmas morning, a poor woman named Hannah Greyweather finds a much needed boot while gathering wood in the snow covered forest. The magical boot brings Hannah another boot and afterwards we see that she can enjoy the outdoors. After her wish for mittens comes true she wonders if she can have grander things like a fancy home and a feast. Shortly after the latter two arrive, Santa visits asking for a lost boot which Hannah gladly returns. With the boot gone, everything that magically appeared disappears. Santa, being the person that he is, leaves Hannah a pair of mittens, boots and a puppy for company. My Book Eyes likes the way the illustrator portrays Hannah’s contrasting expressions and stamina before and after she finds the boot. Hannah’s hat and coat colors resemble those that a child would wear therefore making the story more relatable to children. A beautiful story that can be used to generate a discussion about wants and needs. A book for all and a viewpoint about those who may not have elaborate holiday celebrations.