As we’ve gobbled our way past Thanksgiving, we’re taking a brief pause before we overdrive into the holidays with City Moon and Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter. While the Winter Solstice doesn’t officially start until December 21st, the days are getting shorter and there’s definitely a chill in the air.
Bash has been fascinated by the moon and points it out at every chance he gets, so naturally, I was thrilled by the title of City Moon! And after our first reading, I adore this book and Bash regularly picks it off the bookshelf before bed. There is something so special about this evening stroll: the bonding time between mom and child, the boy playing hide and seek with the moon, and the boy’s curious questioning of his surroundings. By the time Bash wakes from his nap, it’s actually almost dark outside and we often find ourselves taking an early evening stroll to run an errand or two before dinner. Sometimes I think this book was written just for us as we follow in their footsteps, chasing the moon around city blocks. With its soothing text and warm fall color palette, this is a great bedtime story to ease into a gentle slumber.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter is a simple story with beautiful illustrations that takes you on a journey from fall to winter. I like how the soothing narrative makes for a great bedtime read, but is also equally great as a learning tool to teach children more about the change of seasons. Each page offers a simple lesson, serving as a prompt for further discussion around why the leaves change, the migration of birds, the shorter days that mark the sign of an approaching winter, etc.
As we drift into colder days, there’s nothing quite like cuddling up with a blanket, some hot chocolate, and digging into a good book. We hope you enjoy cozying up with these winter favorites!