I’m back. Fall blasted by in a blur of falling leaves and fantastic books. The library is buzzing with kids working hard on homework, researching their favorite sports team and scanning the shelves for new reads. There are a lot more spots to hide now with coats and jackets draped over the backs of chairs so I’ve been working my way around the library and I’ve been listening. Kids are talking about the joy of family celebrations, the excitement of the first snow and the hope of snow days.
But I am excited for the first, big snow for a completely different reason. Hibernation.
Now I’ve read a lot about the traditional type of hibernation. But I’ve never been very traditional. Just look at me. I’m neither library mouse nor hedgehog. So while other creatures burrow down into holes and sleep until springtime, I climb into my favorite book and get my yearly escape from the confines of the library. Now don’t get me wrong. The library is my favorite place. But once a year, I love to join an epic story where I can challenge my spirit of adventure. After all, I’m the M.G. Creature, not a bookworm. Not that there’s anything wrong with the bookworms, but they are a quiet sort and not known for an adventurous streak. I, on the other hand, love to live on the edge.
But while I’m gone, I know that children will be celebrating the winter holidays. There will be feasts and gift giving. There will be snow days and ice skating. But don’t worry about me. I will be with other creatures in of one of the many excellent books listed on the Kid’s Page Snuggle-up-and-Read list. I have to keep my location secret. After all, I don’t want you to be looking for me instead of reading. Don’t worry. I’ll be back in the spring, refreshed and ready with new activities and ideas for more book fun.
In the meantime, check out the updated activities and puzzles on the Kids Page. Bonnie Adamson created a new Family Trivia puzzle that will test your knowledge of sisters in middle-grade books. Take a look at the book list and immerse yourself in one of those adventures. In what book would you hibernate, if you could? Leave a comment and share. I’ll see you when the snow has come and gone.
As always, keep reading!
P.S. The Library mice must be playing tricks on me because I can’t get the link to the book list to work. The library is about to open so I must hide. Keep reading and you find the list at the bottom of this post. Those blasted mice!
SNUGGLE UP BY THE FIRE AND READ: MG’S WINTER PICKS
Winter is a great time to grab your favorite book along with a snuggly blanket and sit by the fire and read a great book. Check out these old and new favorites for some great reads for snow days, winter break or cold, dark nights.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Check out the graphic novel for a new take on an old classic. Look for the version with the original text.
NEWER BOOKS WITH A CLASSIC FEEL
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (also a series)
The Tale of Despeareaux by Kate DiCamillo
Clockwork (or Clockwork, All Wound Up) by Philip Pullman
Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques
The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
BOOKS SET IN WINTER
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Daughter of Winter by Pat Lowery Collins
Still looking for a good book? Check out M.G.’s fall recommendations or the The Mixed-Up book lists. You’re sure to find something that will keep you turning the pages until spring.