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Our Children's Bookshelf is updated each month with a curated list of exciting reads, compiled by a trusted librarian from one of Connecticut's invaluable public libraries.  

Children's Bookshelf - December 2019

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Warm Reads for a Snowy Day
by Debbie Brooks

Along with holidays, celebrations and family traditions, December also brings snow to Connecticut! Families across the state get ready for snuggles, hot cocoa and good books to get them through the sometimes long, cold season. I hope you enjoy reading this selection of very special picture books that highlight the wonder and excitement of winter, as you keep warm with someone special.

Snowmen at Night
by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner

This fun, imaginative story gives us some hints as to what snowmen do when we’re home sleeping. From snowman races to skating tricks, children will get a glimpse into the secret lives of snowmen through the rhyming, easy-to-read text and whimsical illustrations.  

Winter Dance
by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Richard Jones

When the first snowflake falls and a red fox realizes winter is on its way, he turns to his forest friends to guide him as they prepare for the long, cold days ahead. Some woodland creatures offer advice, but none of it helps fox. Finally, a new friend appears, and fox knows what to do. Beautiful illustrations in matted earthtones accompany the descriptive text that explains what different animals do in winter.

A Warm Winter
written and illustrated by Feridun Oral


Set in a beautiful forest, this is a heartwarming tale about overcoming obstacles with the help of friends. When Little Mouse sets out in a blizzard to gather firewood to warm his home for his family, he quickly realizes he will need help getting his pile of sticks and twigs back home. His friends Rabbit and Fox are eager to help, but can’t manage the large pile themselves. The trio decides to wake their friend Bear to ask for help. The friends work together through an unexpected disaster and prove that teamwork, collaboration and selflessness will help them overcome any obstacle. The beautiful, realistically rendered illustrations almost look like photographs.

Red Sled
written and illustrated by Lita Judge


This almost-wordless book instills a sense of wonder and excitement as a bunch of animal friends enjoy a night of sledding after a child leaves a red sled outside their house one night. The child notices the footprints the next morning, realizes someone borrowed the sled and wants to join the wildlife in the wintry fun. Expressive animals emit only sound effects, which are fun to read aloud and invite audience participation.

Over and Under the Snow
by Kate Messner


As a little girl and her dad cross-country ski across the snowy landscape, the girl learns about the mystery of the critters living underground. Deer, bullfrogs, beavers, a fox, mice, chipmunks, a bear and a bumblebee are all part of the “secret kingdom” she is discovering with help from her dad. The illustrations by Christopher Silas Neal are simple yet beautiful, in muted cool colors. The author’s note at the end of the book offers additional information about the species featured in the story. 

Little Owl’s Snow
written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan


Calm, peaceful illustrations help tell the story of Little Owl as she watches her friends bear, raccoon, hedgehog and others prepare for winter as the seasons change. A sweet story about the mystery and thrill of the first snowfall.

Events at The Brookfield Library

The Brookfield Library offers a wide array of storytimes and programs for children of all ages, including:

  • Little Adventurers Storytime, for ages 6-23 months

  • Time for Twos Storytime, for 2-year olds

  • Family Storytime, for ages 3 and up

  • Fun & Friends Play and Storytime for ages 6 months-5 years

  • Bedtime Stories, in our newly redesigned Children’s Room

  • Namaste Me Down To Sleep — Yoga Storytime with Miss Meg

  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

  • Early Literacy Backpacks

  • Science Explorers — A STEAM Storytime for age 4-grade 2

  • Kids STEAM classes for grades 3-5

  • Write On! Journaling for grades 2-5

  • Read to a Therapy Dog (Rio or Baci)

  • Brookfield Builders

  • Annual Teddy Bear Sleepover on January 31

  •  Take Your Child to The Library

  • Day with a show by Al deCant on February 1

  • Other seasonal or special programs throughout the year.

The Brookfield Library is located at 182 Whisconier Road in Brookfield. Please check out our Facebook page and brookfieldlibrary.org for our full calendar of events and to register for programs, or call 203-775-6241 for more details.


Debbie Brooks is the Head of Children’s Services at The Brookfield Library.