Winter is the Warmest Season


I put this huge picture of Lauren Stringer’s heart-warming book here so you won’t think I’m going out of my mind.  As a confirmed winter curmudgeon — I wish I could fly south with the geese–I appreciate its reminder about the joys of the season: hot soup, hot baths, fireplaces and furnaces, cats on laps, warm friends. It makes me feel absolutely toasty.


What else gets me through this time of year is the knowledge that after December 21, the days start getting lighter.  So January has about as much light as November; February  as October etc.

Some people love winter.  It’s been my experience that many of  them are under 12 or  into winter sports. The closest I come to any sport is watching ice skating on TV. But, although I love contemplating  its beauty and athleticism, that’s not exactly going to burn calories.

For that, I’m into snow angels, tramping through snow (When it’s above 20 degrees) and making snow people. If you’ve ever constructed one of these creatures, yourself, only to have it look shrunken and rumpled the next day, you may want to look into:


Yes, snowmen -and women for that matter do have a night life. It looks like a lot of fun, too. Makes you want to join them. For that, you should request Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman.raymond Since it’s a bit older, its animation is sweet instead of showy. Still,  I think it’s  one of the most magical movies ever.

Keep warm,


About Tina Zubak

I've been a librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for about 12 years, first at the Beechview branch and now at Children's. I've written some books myself, but alas, no publications. Among my favorite books are BFG, Houndsley and Catrina and the Quiet Time, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Nation and Rose Daughter.
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