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December 11, 2013

For gifters: kid picture books with snowy themes

NEW YORK (AP) — Brrrr. It’s time for all good children, at least those in chilly territory, to curl up with a good book featuring snow.

Picture books abound showing off the white stuff. Here’s eight to get you started or pass on to gifters:

• “The Snowy Day,” written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, reprint edition from Puffin. This 1963 Caldecott Medal winner is the tranquil story of a city boy named Peter who bundles up for crunchy outdoor adventures after discovering it snowed overnight. Cutouts, watercolors and the Brooklyn-born creator’s classic collage work. It’s considered the first full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist.

• “Snow,” written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz, reprint edition from Square Fish. First out in 1998. A hopeful “boy with dog” lives in a great, gray city inhabited by doubtful grown-ups transformed with the season’s first snowflake. It earned Shulevitz, who survived the bombing of Warsaw as a boy, a Caldecott Honor and may be just the thing to cheer up a modern-day “grandfather with beard” who utters: “It’s only a snowflake.”

• “Snowflake Bentley,” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian, reprint edition from HMH Books for Young Readers. Another Caldecott Medal winner, this one was also first published in 1998. It tells the story of Vermont’s Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a self-educated farmer who combined a microscope and an old bellows camera to become the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.

• “Frosty the Snowman,” illustrated by Wade Zahares, music and lyrics by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, from Imagine. This retelling of the seasonal song standard features a trippy looking Frosty in black top hat and green mittens. Includes a three-track CD with the song and others performed by Grammy winner Kenny Loggins.

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