The winter solstice, or official start of the season, is December 21. Here are some resources for all ages to help make your winter great!
For younger children, Denise Fleming's The First Day of Winter is a cute variation on "The 12 Days of Christmas," counting up common items you might experience on the first through 10th days of winter. How Do We Know It Is Winter? helps answer questions about the what, when and why of winter, and suggests winter fun and foods.
Older children can find projects, activities and experiments to fill those long, dark evenings in Maxine Anderson's Explore Winter! 25 Great Ways to Learn About Winter.
Fans of stories about teens struggling to survive tough odds will enjoy Ashen Winter, part of a trilogy by Mike Mullin. Alex and Darla must fight the cold, snowfalls and cannibals to reach safety in a wintry world devastated by the eruption of a supervolcano.
Adult readers of historical romances can try Stephanie Laurens' By Winter's Light, set in a snowbound manor house in 19th century Scotland. Nevada Barr's mystery thriller Winter Study is set among dangerous wolves on Lake Superior's Isle Royale.
If you prefer nonfiction, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offers Prague Winter, both a history and a memoir of 12 event-packed years in central Europe.
Classic film fans can't miss The Lion in Winter. Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton play a dysfunctional royal family stuck in a medieval castle.