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Winter Hibernation

When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan, illustrated by Susan Gaber. This beautifully illustrated book explains where the leaves, flowers, caterpillars, songbirds, field mice, deer, and fish go in winter.

Another wonderful picture book that describes what happens in winter is Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here, by Jean Craighead George with pictures by Loretta Krupinski.  The author’s note contains a wonderful explanation of the summer and winter solstice.

Ridiculous is a funny tale of a tortoise that decides not to hibernate and instead goes to explore winter. A dog, cat, duck and bird ask how the tortoise can keep warm like they do with humorous results.

There are some great hibernation activities for preschoolers at http://trilliummontessori.org/animals-in-winter/ including making animal tracks in Play-Doh, a bear in a cave craft, and a bird migration game.

Big science for little people: 52 activities to help you and your child discover the wonders of science written by Lynn Brunelle is filled with great activities including making a crystal snowflake; perfect for winter!

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Science Questions

questions-questionsQuestions, Questions by Marcus Pfister

Science is all about asking questions.  This book has many questions dealing with earth and life science which children might ask.  It’s a great place to start and gather easy non-fiction books to help answer the questions.

Every page has a beautiful illustration.

Animal Communication

The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming

Assign an animal to pairs of children at storytime. Then have them make the sound of that animal and find their pair. Chaos ensues but everyone has fun mooing and quacking and roaring.

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