First up: Oh! (words by Kevin Henkes pictures by Laura Dronzek)
The snow has fallen all night long and now we're invited out to play with all the animals! "The rabbit wants to play. Hop, hop, hop, shy little rabbit." The illustrations so vibrantly capture the brightness and whiteness of the snow. The text is simple, almost poetic, and conveys the wonder and delight that a big snowfall brings. Read this one on a cold winter evening while drinking hot cocoa.
Don't Wake Up the Bear! (by Marjorie Dennis Murray illustrated by Patricia Wittmann)
Continuing on the bear/hibernation theme is one of our favorites, both for the stoy and the illustrations: Old Bear (by Kevin Henkes)
"Four little snowflakes tickle my chin. I laugh. I jump. I run. I spin."