This 1999 Caldecott Medal winner tells the true story of Wilson Bentley, the boy who was obsessed with the beauty of snowflakes, who grew up to become a photographer of the six-pointed crystals. He was in awe of their intricacies and that each one was unique. When he was 66 years old, he published a book of those original photographs – it is quite amazing.
I just love the Shine-a-Light book series by Usborne Books & More. Kids are encouraged to shine a flashlight (or phone light) through the page from behind to reveal what is hidden after the passage has been read. It’s fun to see what is revealed and if the kids can guess correctly. In this book, discover what animals are sleeping, making tracks in the snow, or storing food for winter. It’s especially fun to see my kids huddled together under a sheet, like they’re on a mission to be sneaky in their discoveries.
This is an old Ukrainian folk tale, but perhaps the most popular version of this classic is the one re-told by Jan Brett. A little boy drops his mitten in the woods and a group of animals (increasing in number and size!) come along to find warmth and comfort in it… but will they all fit?
This cute tale follows pals Desmond and Clayton as they compete against each other in the town’s challenge to build the biggest snowman. They soon realize their friendship thrives on teamwork, and… well, I won’t give away the ending. 😉 (These characters also star in The Biggest Valentine Ever which I recommend in my February Book List).
This is a 2019 Caldecott Medal Nominee and we’ll find out in just two short weeks if it wins! It chronicles the hours before Martin steps up to the mic starting with the night before. The March on Washington brought one of the nation’s most profound preachers and eloquent orator’s to the nation’s capital for an address that would go down in history.
I think this big picture book is a beautiful introduction to this pivotal man and his poignant words. Kids will be drawn to the cut-paper illustrations as well as the many quotes that I can only pray they hear/read and think, “Yes, we want that too!”
Stunning and vivid illustrations pair with the most famous section of words taken from this infamous speech spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28,1963. Each page is a visual that drives home his message and further inspires us to live out his dream today. The entire speech is printed on the pack pages and it also comes with an audio CD of the official recording of his speech!
I can’t talk to my kids about MLK Jr. without also wanting to talk about Rosa Parks, and I think this children’s book is a great one to introduce her story. Marcie is a little girl who boards a bus who ends up getting a history lesson about Rosa and the Civil Rights Movement during her ride. She hops off ready to celebrate Rosa’s birthday on February 4th.
This Caldecott Honor Book is the other one we read on her birthday (Feb 4) as another way to honor Mrs. Parks’ bravery and resilience. The cut-paper illustrations in this picture book compliment the author’s portrayal of Rosa’s demeanor, character, and strength on each page.
(This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the recommended books from these links, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, so thank you. 😊)
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galations 3:28 (NIV)
(referenced in Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech)