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A few weeks ago I pulled out our winter and Christmas picture books. We also picked up a few new ones.

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One of our most favorite winter books is Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner. This book was published in 2002 and now has a few companion books as well. It answers the age-old question, why does my snowman look different the day after I’ve built him. He is a bit droopy and crooked…

We learn it’s because of all the snowman activities that go on during the night. They have quite an itinerary that includes snowball fights, sledding, and baseball.

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We really love this snowman book, and it gets a lot of reading traffic at our house.

We picked up a new book this season, that is actually an old classic. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr was published in the late 1980’s and is a winner of The Caldecott Medal. I had never heard of this book before I purchased it, but I am very familiar with Jane Yolen. She is great.

Owl Moon tells about the night a dad takes his youngest child owling. They go out on a full moon and quietly walk through the woods looking for an owl..until they find one.

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The first time we read it I thought my four-year-old would find it a little scary. Everything is hushed and dark. The dad keeps calling for owls with a whoo-hooing sound. The illustrations are shadowed and silent. However, Ben was totally into it. He was silent and watchful until we meet the owl. Then his eyes grew wide and he was so excited. I think the anticipation of finding an owl was fun for him.

A great old classic with some great writing and imagery, both in word and illustration.