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Best Children's Picture Books About Winter and Snow

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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Cover art of Children's Picture Book Owl Moon

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen; illustrated by John Schoenherr, Caldecott Medal Winner

Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers

Introduction

These children's picture books about winter and snow (and much more) are among the best for both their stories and their illustrations.

Owl Moon

It's no wonder John Schoenherr received the 1988 Caldecott Medal for his Owl Moon illustrations. The story by Jane Yolen and the artwork by Schoenherr beautifully capture a child's excitement at finally being old enough to go "owling" with her father. The little girl eloquently describes their late night walk through the cold and snowy woods.

Author Jane Yolen's words capture the mood of hushed expectancy and joy while John Schoenherr's luminous watercolors capture the wonder and beauty of the walk through the woods. It's apparent that the walk itself is what's important and getting to actually see and hear an owl is just the icing on the cake. Both the artwork and the text show the loving bond between father and child and the significance of their walk together. Compare prices. (Philomel, A Division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1987. ISBN: 0399214577)

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