Media Reviews: Books for Kids

Elizabeth Snowden

First Snow by Nancy Viau, illustrated by Talitha Shipman

In this brightly illustrated picture book, a boy and girl head outdoors to play in the snow with their neighborhood friends. From building a snowman to sledding down a hill, all of the children enjoy many snowy-day activities. This story features short, simple vocabulary that's perfect for helping preschoolers build rhyming skills. Share this charming story with your little one to celebrate the winter season. FOR AGES 3-5

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

It's almost time for Hedgie the hedgehog to hibernate for the winter. But after talking to his farm animal friends who boast about all the wonderful winter activities he'll miss, Hedgie decides that this year he won't spend winter sleeping. To keep Hedgie warm, Lisa brings him into her farmhouse, where he enjoys watching all of the winter fun from inside. Soon, the other animals realize that being warm and cozy indoors is a good way to spend the winter. This is another beautifully illustrated tale from Jan Brett about the experiences that make winter wonderful. FOR AGES 3-7

Bears of the Ice: The Quest of the Cubs by Kathryn Lasky

The polar bears of the Northern Kingdom are in trouble. A group of bears has gained control and brought darkness to the land. When the mother of polar bear cubs First and Second is taken, they set out on a difficult journey to find her. Along the way, they have to learn to trust each other to survive a battle unlike anything the world of Ga'Hoole has seen before. This is a continuation of Kathryn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole world, perfect for middle-grade readers who love animals and epic adventures. FOR AGES 9-12

A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos

Talented Ophelia lives a peaceful and rather dull existence on the ark of Anima. Her life takes a turn when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, an important member of a powerful family on the rival ark of Pole. Ophelia must go with Thorn to the city of Citaceleste, where she quickly realizes she's a pawn in a dangerous political game that will affect her entire world. The first book in the Mirror Visitor Quartet series, this title is for teen readers looking for a fantasyland filled with intrigue and suspense. FOR TEENS

Elizabeth Snowden is the youth services supervisor at the Livingston Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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