Wintry reads for wee ones

We were rather excited recently to look out the window and find a light dusting of snow on the cars!  This got us thinking about all things wintry…snowflakes, tobogganning, snowmen, hot cocoa, icicles, wooly scarves and winter-themed story times!  There are a host of perennial favourites when it comes to winter picture books. Wonderful titles like The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, The Mitten by Jan Brett and The Snowman by Raymond Briggs have found welcome spots in storytime lineups and on children’s bookshelves for many years. However, today we wanted to focus on some newer titles. Here are four books published in the past few years that will hopefully get you excited about winter! 





If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman (2013). This spirited take on the familiar “clap your hands” tune is filled with inventive rhymes, humour-packed illustrations and a lively, alliterative text that rolls easily off the tongue. This is one to be sung all season long!

Red Sled by Lita Judge (2011). There aren’t many words in this book, but it packs a lot of joy into its pages! It follows the sledding adventures of an unlikely cast of animals using dynamic illustrations and simple sound effects. Few books capture the delight of winter as perfectly as this one.

Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser (2009). Curious as to what snow actually looks like, Squirrel and some of his friends decide to stay up all winter instead of hibernating…with hilarious results. Fantastic coloured pencil sketch-pad illustrations, an adorable cast of characters and a silly story will have pre-schoolers giggling at this one.

Sneezy Snowman by Maureen Wright (2010). Fun rhymes, vivid illustrations and repetitive refrains make this tale about a snowman who just can’t get warm a surefire hit with pre-schoolers.

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Mark your calendars for fun at Remington Park!

It’s that time of year again! Want to give something special to your loved ones? Nothing says holiday joy like a beautiful card. Come by Remington Park to create your very own masterpiece.  This drop-in event will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm this Saturday, Nov. 30. 

The following Saturday, Dec. 7, will be another holiday themed program, running from 2pm to 3pm.  Want to brighten up your house this winter? At the library we are making our very own stained-glass candle holders. Space is limited, so please call Remington Park to register (519-255-6770 ext. 5500).

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The Foggy, Foggy Forest

We’re back with a new picture book selection we’re eager to share.  “The Foggy, Foggy Forest” by Nick Sharratt is a wonderfully unique story that gets kids guessing.  Each page is shadowed, encouraging the children to think about what exciting thing they’ll find next in their journey through the forest.  Is it a fairy or a bat lurking around the corner?  They’ll have to keep turning the pages to find out!

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Book Spine Poetry!

Have you ever been scanning the shelves looking for something to read and had an interesting title on a book spine jump out at you?  Well, what would happen if  you put some of those together into little snippets of poetry? We thought we’d try our hand at composing some of these book spine poems. See our rather silly results below.  Why not try to create some of your own?   Every title becomes a potential line of poetry. You might never look at a book shelf in the same way again!



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Zombie Alert!

Fontainebleau Library is having a zombie theme month this October, with lots of spooky (and fun) events!  Space is limited, so be sure to sign up fast by calling 519-255-6770 ext. 5000.

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse: Sat., Oct. 5 from 10:00-11:00am (ages 7-13)  This workshop by the Canadian Red Cross will help you prepare for all kinds of disasters, whether it be severe storms or a zombie invasion.

Zombie Survival Boot Camp: Sat., Oct. 12 from 11:00-12:00pm (ages 8-12)  Games designed to prepare and improve your zombie attack survival skills. 

Make Your Own Zombie (2 part program): Wed., Oct. 9 and Wed., Oct. 23 from 6:00-7:00pm  Create your own pet zombie using felt.

Eat the Zombies, Don’t Let Them Eat You!: Sat., Oct. 26 from 10:30-11:30am (ages 5-10)  We will be decorating zombie cookies and then eating them before they eat us!

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Homework Haven

Now that school is well underway, the Budimir branch has opened up some space for students to be able to quietly work on their homework or group projects.  Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the Budimir basement is open for supervised study time.  You are welcome to call 519-255-6770 ext. 3300 for more information, or just drop in!

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Back-to-School Smarty-Pants

It’s that time of year again: Back to school!  A time of celebration and new beginnings for some, while for others it may not be quite so exciting.  In “Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants” by Elise Primavera, it looks like Louise is very optimistic as the new school year approaches.  With the toughest teacher around, though, will she be able to achieve all she’s hoped for? 

For all the kids heading back to school next week, we’d like to wish you all a safe and happy start!  Remember to visit the library for help with projects, as well as for all the fun books, DVDs, and videogames you’ve hopefully enjoyed all summer.

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Best Opening Lines from Children’s Books

Over on our Facebook page, we have something called “First Line Fridays,” which, as the name suggests, focuses on intriguing first lines from literature.  We’ve recently come across an article on, which has conveniently compiled a similar list, but focusing specifically on books written for children.  They’ve come up with 16 gems, designed to get readers hooked into reading more.  Any other great first lines you can think of that are not on this list?  We’d love to hear suggestions in the comments!

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

If you have children you read to, or are just a fan yourself of the many excellent picture books available, be sure to take a look at the Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin.  Pete is a groovy cat, who doesn’t let much of anything get him down.  The story “I Love My White Shoes” shows just how adaptable and positive Pete is, as his new shoes go through some changes that might upset another cat.  Pete doesn’t let those changes bother him.  A great story about looking on the bright side!

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The Watermelon Seed

For many people, a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day is a perfect treat.  In Greg Pizzoli’s “The Watermelon Seed,” Crocodile feels just that way.  That is, until he swallows a watermelon seed!  Will he start growing vines out of his ears?  Will he turn into a watermelon?!  Find out by placing a hold today on this funny(and very relatable for many children) story today. 

Also a reminder for all the young readers out there to keep filling out your Summer Reading Passport and bringing it in to the library.  Remember that when your passport is full, you’ll receive a ballot to win a great prize!

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