Winter Is the Warmest Season

Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer.

This picture book is a tribute to the warmth of winter found in long scarves, fuzzy mittens and warm hats.  It is the warmth of fireplaces, hot drinks, and cozy blankets.  It is the warmth that those of us who live in the north completely understand.  The joys of radiators and heating vents, hot steamy baths, and family.  And it is all the more special juxtaposed against the cold outdoors, the whiteness of the snow and the crispness of the air.  The illustrations capture this contrast beautifully, with many of the orangey glowing pictures surrounded by frames of puffy cool-colored snow. 

Nicely Christmas and holidays are left out because there is enough warmth to go around without them.  This means that it is a book all about winter without a Christmas tree, so that it can be used in diverse communities without offense.  This book has a warmth of its own and should be considered another joy of the chilly season.  Share it with children from toddlers to preschoolers.  I can see it leading to discussions of what makes their own winters warm and special, perhaps an art project using warm and cool colors.