I just checked the weather and it is currently 75°F in Houston. Anyone else, wanting to feel the brisk winter air? Melt away our warm winter weather by picking out a few of these frosty tales.
Flora the pig was born for adventure: "If it's unexplored and needs to get dug up, call me. I'm your pig," she says. The day Flora spots a team of sled dogs is the day she sets her heart on becoming a sled pig. Before she knows it, she's on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilarating, and dangerous adventure of her life. This poignant novel of a purposeful pig is sure to become a favorite with any young readers who have ever dreamed of exploring the great beyond.
On Linden Square  Kate Sullivan
It's the first day of winter vacation and Stella Mae Culpepper is bored. As she looks out from the window of her second-floor apartment, she can see all of the usual happenings on Linden Square, her city neighborhood. There are her neighbors. She knows them all by name, or by the names she's given them, depending on their activities and what Stella Mae can see from her window. Stella Mae thinks she knows her neighbors but she doesn't really. Everyone in the neighborhood is too busy minding their own business to pay much attention to anyone else. But now it's the first day of winter vacation and a storm is coming. Not just any storm but a big, wonderful winter storm. It's a blizzard! And when the snow finally stops and Stella Mae ventures outside to play, something quite marvelous happens on Linden Square.
Poles Apart  Elaine Scott.
anta Claus frolicking with penguins and polar bears???? Do you know what's wrong with this picture? Actually, no penguin has ever lived at the North Pole, nor any polar bear at the South Pole. Using a wide range of disciplines from physics to geography to biology, award winning science writer Elaine Scott explores some of the unique properties shared by the two ends of the Earth's axis, and other ways in which they are poles apart. Find out what makes a compass point north and why it won't work at the poles. Discover how a tropical island wound up as the coldest spot on earth and why only penguins survive there today. And learn the fascinating story of human involvement with the poles, from the early explorers to the impact of global warming. With dramatic color photographs and clear, simple text, Poles Apart offers the perfect introduction to the secrets of the poles.
Note: Non-fiction, 909.091 Sco
I am not Little Red Riding Hood!  Alessandro Lecis [On order]
A little girl enters the snowy forest wearing a vibrant red scarf and holding a basket in hand. But don't be fooled this is not a story about Little Red Riding Hood The little girl soon meets, not an incredulous wolf, but rather a courteous, white bear. When asked what is in the basket she replies, "Nothing. I'm collecting snow, soft snow." The bear then leads her to the very best snow, which can only be found where the moon sleeps.Once they arrive, the little girl and bear dance among the snowflakes. He informs her that she can't keep the snow; it will inevitably melt. Regardless, the girl fills her basket with snow and the bear brings her home. After parting ways, she realizes the bear was right the snow has disappeared, just as the bear has. With endearing characters and a simple, poetic style, Alessandro Lecis and Linda Wolfsgruber have successfully created a mystical tale about enjoying the here and now and the magic of the winter season.
Sophie Scott goes South  Alison Lester.
Nine-year-old Sophie is going on a month-long voyage to Antarctica, with her dad, the captain of an icebreaker. Sailing the frozen seas round-trip from Australia to Mawson Station in the South Pole, Sophie recounts the adventure of a lifetime in her own words, illustrations, and color photographs. She'll show us icebergs, penguins, seals, and whales! It's a dangerous journey, but Sophie is well prepared for the thrills and chills that await her on top of the world. This friendly, informative, and beautifully presented picture book is based on the author's own experiences and shows the wonder of Antarctica through a child's eyes.
Bitty Baby Loves the Snow  Kirby Larson
A little girl takes her Bitty Baby doll outside to play in the snow, but her big brother is too busy sledding to help build a snowman. As she waits, the girl tells a story about Bitty Baby and a polar bear and how they learn to play together. When her brother finally arrives, she has solved her own problem. Includes a "For Parents" section that provides insight and tips on encouraging positive social play.
If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!  Kimberly Norman
"If it's snowy and you know it, roll a snowball up and throw it, if it's snowy and you know it, clap your paws." Kim Norman and Liza Woodruff, the team behind the delightful "Ten on the Sled," have created another irresistible winter-themed romp. This humorous variation on the classic song "If You're Happy and You Know It" introduces a group of adorable animals playing joyfully in the snow. They tumble on the tundra, catch snowflakes on their tongues, sculpt snow critters, and make a frosty fort. But can they go with the flow when their wild adventure drifts in a surprising direction? Young readers will laugh and sing along.
The Snowy Day  Axel Scheffler.
On a wintry day these best friends have lots of fun playing outside, until they decide to build a snow-mouse. Or will it be a snow - rabbit? How will they decide? Pip and Posy love playing in the snow, but they can't seem to agree about what kind of snow creature they should build; Pip wants a snow-rabbit and Posy wants a snow-mouse! Oh, dear! A delightful new Pip and Posy story about learning to compromise and work together.
The Lemon Sisters Andrea Cheng
On her 80th birthday, a woman watches three young sisters play outside in the snow, remembers good times with her own sisters, and receives several birthday surprises. Includes a simple recipe for making lemon ice with snow.
Snow Party  Harriet Ziefert
If the first snow falls on the first day of winter, the snow men, snow women, and snow children come out for a special party. Featuring breathtaking pastel illustrations and an understated enchanting story, this book is ideal for reading on a snowy day.
Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money  Emily Jenkins
Pauline and her brother John-John set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade one cold, wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings.
Trudy  Henry Cole.
When Esme meets Trudy at the county auction, she knows there's something really special about her."She's quite a goat!" It seems as though Trudy the goat knows when to expect snow, but it turns out that she is really expecting something completely different.
The Snow Globe Family  Jane O'Connor
Oh, when will it snow again? wonders the little family who lives in the snow globe. They long for a swirling snowstorm; if only someone in the big family would pick up the snow globe and give it a great big shake. Baby would love to. She alone notices the little family. She gazes longingly at their snowy little world, but the snow globe is up way too high for her to reach. Then, when a real snowstorm sends the big children outside sledding in the moonlight, Baby finds herself alone in the parlor. . . . Will the snow globe family at last get a chance to go sledding too? As readers follow the parallel adventures of both families, big and little, they will take special pleasure in the miniature world of the snow globe, where the skating pond is the size of a shiny quarter and a snowman is no bigger than a sugar cube.
Plastic Plate Snowman Snow Globe