Seasonal story times are part and parcel for story times. Halloween story times have come and gone, along with many fall story times, and it’s too soon for winter story times. How about a hibernation/migration story time in between your fall-themed story times and your winter-themed story times?
Time to Sleep (author: Denise Fleming)
Bear smells winter in the air. When she informs snail that it’s time to sleep (hibernate), she sets off a chain reaction of animals informing each other that it will soon be time to hibernate. Unfortunately, no one told Ladybug that there was no need to inform Bear, who was already happily hibernating when Ladybug “broke” the news. Told through Denise Fleming’s brilliantly hued illustrations and text that perfectly lends itself to a read aloud, this is an ideal selection for a toddler story time.
Sleepy Bears (author: Mem Fox)
If you need an enchanting read aloud for your listeners able to listen to a longer picture book, Mem Fox’s Sleepy Bears should be on your list. Mother Bear’s six children are not at all interested in getting ready for hibernation. This very patient mama bear soothes them with personalized (rhymed) stories; mysteriously, each child falls sleep sporting something pertaining to his/her individual rhyme. No forced rhymes here; this is a sweet and calming story, perfect for an evening story time.
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit (author: Il Sung Na)
Il Sung Na’s picture books are story time treasures; this one is no exception. While bears naturally are the focus of many hibernation-themed picture books, Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit includes a variety of animals preparing for the winter. Rabbit observes the animals gearing up for the long winter; a squirrel gathering acorns, birds flying south, and even alligators staying very still in the swamp. With a springtime ending, this story works well year-round.
Do you have any favorites that you would include in a hibernation-themed story time? Please share in the comments!