We have been reading some wonderful winter books at Little Blessings, such as The Mitten, which teaches us about welcoming others. Snack-time has been fun. We made a "happy hedgehog" snack craft. In California, it does not freeze over, but all the same, this lovely poem by Robert Louis Stevenson from "A Child's Garden of Verses" describes the wonder of books for children; reading to your child is the foundation of literacy for the rest of their life.  

Picture-books in Winter

Robert Louis Stevenson1850 - 1894

Summer fading, winter comes—   
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs   
Window robins, winter rooks,   
And the picture story-books.   
Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;   
Still we find the flowing brooks   
In the picture story-books.   
All the pretty things put by,   
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,   
In the picture story-books.   
We may see how all things are,   
Seas and cities, near and far,   
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the pictyure story-books.   
How am I to sing your praise,   
Happy chimney-corner days,   
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,   
Reading picture story-books?