When will it snow?
Snow on snow on snow –
oh, first snow!
WHEN WILL IT SNOW? Text and illustrations by Bruce Hiscock. A classic tale of a young boy waiting for snow to arrive, while the wild animals near his home wait as well.
SNOW ON SNOW ON SNOW. Text by Cheryl Chapman; illustrations by Synthia Saint James. A boy and his dog enjoy a fun winter day together. Repetitive text inspired by Christina Rossetti’s lyrics for “In the Bleak Midwinter.” Bold, brightly-colored illustrations.
OH! Text by Kevin Henkes; illustrations by Laura Dronzek. A simple concept book about the variety of creatures that love to play in the snow. Gentle, luminous artwork.
FIRST SNOW. Text and illustrations by Emily Arnold McCully. A family of mice go sledding in the first snow of the season. The littlest mouse is afraid of the big hill, but soon finds her courage.
Out standing in the rain,
a long way away,
I saw the sea come in.
OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva – A rollicking, rhyming tale of a day at the amusement park. The bold illustrations include cut-outs for interactive fun.
A LONG WAY AWAY by Frank Viva – Take an imaginative trip from outer space down to the bottom of the sea. Or, start at the back of the book and reverse course.
Thanks to author Frank Viva. I think this is the first time I’ve used two books by the same author in one poem.
I SAW THE SEA COME IN by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin – “Early in the morning, while the soft gray fog still hung in the sky, the little boy went down to the sea.” A timeless classic about the wonder of exploring.
Bluebird busy in the garden,
the perfect nest.
BLUEBIRD by Bob Staake – Wordless picture book about a lonely boy and a true-blue, bluebird friend.
BUSY IN THE GARDEN by George Shannon and Sam Williams – Twenty-four poems from the garden, with happy illustrations.
MEASURING by Marcia S. Gresko and Michael Jarrett – Part of the I CAN DO MATH series, introduces basic measuring tools with a rhyming question/answer format, and colorful photographs.
THE PERFECT NEST by Catherine Friend and John Manders – A crafty cat builds the perfect nest to trick an unsuspecting chicken, but then nothing goes according to plan.
The dandelion seed
up and down
over the green hills –
miles to go.
THE DANDELION SEED by Joseph Anthony and Cris Arbo – Where does a dandelion seed go when the wind takes it? Much farther than you would guess.
UP AND DOWN by Oliver Jeffers – In the sequel to LOST AND FOUND, a boy and a penguin learn about flying and friendship.
OVER THE GREEN HILLS by Rachel Isadora – Beautiful story and illustrations tell the tale of a young boy’s walk to see his grandmother in the South African countryside.
MILES TO GO by Jamie Harper – A day in the life of a preschooler and his little car, with fun illustrations.
Sandpipers back and forth
when the tide is low –
now it is Summer.
SANDPIPERS by Edith Thacher Hurd and Lucienne Bloch – Nonfiction picture book with a lovely rhythm and classic illustrations.
BACK AND FORTH by Lola M. Schaefer – The many ways we use the term “back and forth,” explored in photos.
WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW by Sheila Cole and Virginia Wright-Frierson – Waiting for the tide to recede, a child and mother converse about the wonders they will find when the tide is low.
NOW IT IS SUMMER by Eileen Spinelli and Mary Newell DePalma – A little mouse is looking ahead to Autumn, but his mother shows him the fun of Summer all around him.
Summer, Summer, more Summer. A good excuse for a book spine haiku.
my many colored days
over in the meadow.
SUMMER by Ruth Thomson and Peter Millard – Third book in a nonfiction series of seasonal activities and projects.
MY MANY COLORED DAYS by Dr. Seuss, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher – Posthumously-published, this picture book explores children’s emotions using color as metaphor.
OVER IN THE MEADOW by John Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky – Classic rhyming story based on a vintage children’s counting song by the same author/illustrator team who gave us the 1956 Caldecott Medal Winner, FROG WENT A-COURTIN’.
Leave winter behind for a couple of minutes to watch the video trailer for Jorey Hurley’s latest picture book, Fetch, which comes out February 3.
Enjoy more of her art here. She also posts many of her drawings on Pinterest on her board, Drawing Daily.