Youth Book Corner: Winter Beauty

As the old makes way for the new, so does fall make way for winter. In the first edition of Youth Book Corner for the year, our Outreach Coordinator Leena Desai recommends books that celebrate the beauty of winter.

Raven, Rabbit, Deer
Written by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria

Raven, Rabbit, Deer is a story that celebrates a quiet and happy winter day. In this picture book, a little boy takes his grandfather for a walk and shows him how to do things like jumping in the snow and making a splash in the creek, while his grandfather shows him rabbit tracks and deer hiding among the trees. After their outing in the forest, they return home and spend an evening with milk and cookies and books and blankets. Sue Farrell Holler’s writing perfectly captures the earnestness of small children and the indulgence grandparents shower on their little charges. Jennifer Faria’s acrylic and colored pencil artwork evokes the beauty and coziness of a perfect winter’s day. Grades Preschool-1

In the Sky at Nighttime
Written by Laura Deal, illustrated by Tamara Campeau

In the Sky at Nighttime is a lyrical poem that brings to mind the beauty of the Arctic night sky and it is only fitting that it is published by Inhabit Media, the Inuit-owned publishing house operating in the Canadian Arctic, in Nunavut. Gorgeously illustrated in vibrant colours, the book presents a tableau of images from a wintry Arctic night: the swaying of the northern lights, a mother’s lullaby, a raven roosting on a building and the moon making the snow shine at night. Grades Preschool-1

I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree
Written by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Nathalie Dion

Jean E. Pendziwol’s book is about finding hope even in difficult times. In the middle of winter, a child plays with her shadow; she listens to the wind howl outside like wolves and tastes snowflakes on her walks. And when she sees small buds on a cherry tree, she finds hope because the buds have survived winter and bring the promise of spring. Nathalie Dion’s calming pastel illustrations perfectly complement Pendziwol’s lyrical poem about the hardships and beauties of nature and convey the message of hope and possibilities. Grades Preschool-2   


Leena Desai