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Reading in Winter

Winter is here, and though it's not the snowy winter many of us dreamed of, the weather is still often nasty enough to force us indoors for long periods of time. 

What better way to pass the long, dark winter hours in the Pacific Northwest than to read books? 

We've created a list of winter-themed books for you that are available in our own library, so it's just a short trip for you to grab a title you find intriguing, take it home, and read it--for free.

We've also made a list of some winter poems, with links so you can access them online.

So, pull up by the fire, stir your hot chocolate, turn on your reading lamp, and read.

Winter Poems


"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost


"Blizzard" by William Carlos Williams


"Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been" by William Shakespeare


"The Snowman" by Wallace Stevens




    Books for the Snowy (or Rainy) Days of Winter

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      The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
      Call Number: Juvenile Book Collection PZ7.W6461 Lo 1968 and 1971
      The town of De Smet is hit with terrible, howling blizzards and Laura and her family must ration their food and coal. When the supply train doesn't arrive, Almanzo Wilder and his brother realize something must be done. They begin an impossible journey in search of provisions, before it's too late. -Goodreads

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      The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator)
      Call Number: Juvenile Book Collection PZ7.K2253Sn
      No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day....the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. -Goodreads

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      Katy and the Big Snow - Virginia Lee Burton
      Call Number: Juvenile Book Collection PZ7.B954 Kat 1971
      Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs. -Amazon

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      Hans Christian Andersen - Hans Christian Andersen; Maria Tatar (Editor, Foreword by); Julie K. Allen (Translator)
      Call Number: PT8116.E5 T38 2008
      Twenty-four of Anderson's stories, including his Winter stories, "The Snow Queen," and "The Little Match Girl."

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      The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare; Barbara A. Mowat (Editor); Paul Werstine (Editor)
      Call Number: PR2759.C66 1944
      King Leontes is not a wise man, or, for that matter, a just one, but he once was both. His dark suspicions lead to tragic consequences. See what happens in this intriguing psychological comedy.

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      The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis; Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
      Call Number: Juvenile Book Collection PZ7.L58474 Li 1994
      Travel to Narnia with the Pevensie children, where it's always winter, but never Christmas.

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      The Worst Journey in the World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard; Caroline Alexander (Introduction by)
      Call Number: G850 1910 .S467 1989
      Recounts Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard—the youngest member of Scott’s team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Journey—draws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account of Scott’s legendary expedition. -Amazon

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      The Snowman - Raymond Briggs (Illustrator)
      Call Number: Juvenile Book Collection PZ7.B7646 Sn 1978
      Illustrated in full color, this is a wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow." A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside. -Goodreads


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