Children's Bookshelf - January 2018
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Snow Day Stories for Early Literacy Fun
by Anna Eisen

Snowed in at home? Or looking for a post-sledding read before dinner? Cozy up with these picture books. Snowy days are perfect opportunities to explore the world in a new light and build early literacy skills — talk, sing, read, write and play! Take your child for a walk around the neighborhood, introducing new vocabulary as you identify the colors, shapes, sounds and smells you encounter along the way.

Wolf in the Snow 
by Matthew Cordell
Lost in a snowstorm, a little girl and a wolf pup help each other reunite with their respective families in beautifully illustrated watercolor scenes. This almost wordless book will inspire conversation and imaginative narration as the snowy journey unfolds.

The Snowy Day 
by Ezra Jack Keats
Revisit this 1962 classic in which a young boy explores his snow-covered city’s landscape. In his iconic red snowsuit, Peter crunches through deep snow, builds smiling snowmen, narrowly avoids a big kids’ snowball fight and merrily slides down a steep hill, returning home to a warm bubble bath. May Peter’s adventures inspire your own local snowy day outing!

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow 
by Shirley Neitzel
In cumulative rhyming verse, a little girl itemizes each item of clothing she must wear to go outside in the snow. After a brief wintry jaunt and minor sledding mishap, she reverses the process as she sheds her cumbersome outdoor wear. This simple, repetitive narration introduces winter clothing vocabulary with vivid adjectives and memorable illustrations.

by Suzy Lee
Explore art, ice skating and the value of mistakes in this wintry story of an ice skater and the artist who draws her path. Sailing across the ice in a red hat and mittens, a young girl spins and turns across the page as the artist’s scene unfolds. Another wordless narrative, this book invites creative observation and conversation.

by Uri Shulevitz
This Caldecott Honor book captures the magic of the first snow of the season. Despite adults’ pessimistic weather forecasts and gray skies, a young boy and his dog cheerfully dance, play and sing as snowflakes blanket their town. Gray, nearly monochromatic scenes give way to a bright winter wonderland.

Iguanas in the Snow / Iguanas En La Nieve 
by Francisco X. Alarcon
This bilingual collection of poems in Spanish and English celebrates family life and the simple pleasures of winter. These brief, joyful poems highlight bicultural experiences in rolling, rhythmic language to be read and re-read. Previous collaborations of Alarcon and Maya Christina Gonzalez (illustrator) feature bilingual poems celebrating spring, summer and fall.

The Three Snow Bears 
by Jan Brett
In this Arctic retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a family of polar bears goes for a walk as a young Inuit girl makes herself at home in their igloo. Intricately illustrated border panels along each page reveal the bears’ quest to rescue a stranded dogsled team as Aloo-ki happily samples the bears’ soup and snuggles in their beds, oblivious to the bears’ impending return.

Events at the Farmington Libraries

The Farmington Library Kids’ Place provides a welcoming space and educational programs for children, ages 0-12 and their families. While meeting community needs for traditional library services, we also recognize emerging opportunities to serve families with creative, hands-on learning experiences. Our winter storytime series programs begin on January 16 and run through March 3.

Tots & Tunes meets every Friday at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. This engaging, fast-paced music and movement program is best suited for children, ages birth to 3 and their caregivers. No registration is required.

In collaboration with New Britain Museum of American Art and the Talcott Mountain Science Center, we will participate in the Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Children, ages 5 and up, are invited to join us for a creative, hands-on exploration of nature, art and science!

On January 18 at 10:30 a.m., we begin a Baby Sign Language class for children, ages birth to 3 and their caregivers. This 7-week series will feature baby signs vocabulary, songs, nursery rhymes and resources for caregivers.

Local musician Mike Markowitz returns to the Barney branch library on Monday, January 22 at 10 a.m. for a family sing-along! Instruments will be provided for children to join in the music-making.

Learn to use Scratch Junior, an interactive iPad app from the MIT Media Lab, to learn simple coding concepts through games, stories and creative problem solving on Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m.

The Farmington Library is located at 6 Monteith Drive in Farmington; the Barney Library is located at 71 Main Street in Farmington. Visit to view our full winter program calendar. To subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter of children’s programs, email For more information, call 860-673-6791.

Anna Eisen is the Head of Children’s Services for the Farmington Libraries.




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