Kids' Korner

Hunker Down for a Cozy Winter Read

 

Story and Drawings by Anne M. Dellinger, Contributing Columnist

Seed and Slicker live where winter means shorter days and longer nights. It’s a time when many animals sleep away the cold, dark weeks of January and February.

But snoozing is not how Seed and Slicker pass these chilly months. When blustery winds whip around every corner and the gray clouds let go of their sparkling crystals, the two furry friends get busy for some winter adventures.

They begin by gathering up a stack of books (old favorites and some new ones), along with a few tasty treats. Then they pull out the comfy pillows and warm blankets and move everything close to an inviting fire. As they hunker down into their cozy spot, Seed and Slicker take delight in knowing that exploring and adventuring can be done right between the pages of a good book.

Throughout the oncoming winter weeks, Seed and Slicker would like for you to discover the fun and adventure found in reading for pleasure. To help get you started, they have listed some ideas for you to try.

Before beginning, be sure to visit the library to find new book releases as well as some old favorites. And don’t forget to stock up on hot chocolate, teas, and non-sticky finger foods!

Group Reading with the whole family

Choose a Theme

Sometimes it is fun to read about a specific subject as a family, sharing ideas and even establishing rewards for completing set goals. Ask family members to suggest four themes and assign one theme to each week of January. For the next four weeks, everyone in the family should read materials relating to each week’s theme. Throughout each week the family ought to set a time to discuss their findings about the chosen theme and pass on interesting details of their reading to one another. Celebrate the family reading project by planning and carrying out several field trips related to the themes.

Keep in mind that all ages can be part of reading activities. The library will have books ranging from picture books and beginning readers (for the very young), to chapter books for young adults to older adults.

Here are some theme ideas and field trip suggestions: 

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Circus Theme — Find out when the circus will be in town, then buy tickets.

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Exotic Animals Theme — Visit a zoo and ask if any animals are hibernating.

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Winter Weather Theme — Visit a local weatherman/TV station and learn how to predict the next snowfall.

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Food from Other Cultures Theme — Try new recipes; visit restaurants with cuisines that are unlike your family’s meals.

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Dinosaurs Theme — Visit a museum, especially one with “hands-on” displays.

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Winter Sports Theme — Try to learn how to ski, ice skate or snowshoe.

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Astronomy and Astrology Theme — Go to a planetarium; view the winter night sky with a telescope and constellation guide.

Keep a Reading Record

Whether you choose to read alone or as a family group, it is always satisfying to see the results of your efforts. Follow the directions below for a whimsical, visual record that will encourage your reading habit to keep on growing.

As each book is read, record the title, author and family member’s name who read it on a white paper circle 4-5 inches in diameter. Glue this “snowball” onto the outline of a snowman drawn on a large piece of cardboard. Continue adding snowballs as books are finished, filling in the body of the snowman. You may want to add facial features, a hat, scarf and possibly some theme related accessories. By the end of January, there should be a handsome, bookish snowman residing in your home.

Seed and Slicker are very curious creatures and they would like to see your scholarly snowman so please send in a picture!

Independent Reading

If you enjoy reading alone, choose a quiet spot such as a favorite chair, your bed, or a rug on the floor. This will become your special place to snuggle into as you relax with your book. Try reading for at least 45 minutes each day for one or two weeks. When you finish a book, write the title and a comment about it below. Hopefully, you will want to repeat this activity many times throughout the winter. By spring your family will be referring to you as a little bookworm!

 

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