The Children’s Bookstore has been delighting pint-sized bookworms around Baltimore since 1979. It’s been in several locations — near Cross Street Market, then Harbor Place, then Roland Park. This fall, they relocated and opened their doors in Lauraviile.
New owner Melissa Doty has been working in bookstores since she was a teenager. She also happens to be a mom. Melissa picked five books that are perfect for snuggling — and cozying up on a cold snowy day!
Cool Books for Snuggly Snow Days
by Raymond Briggs
This classic children’s picture book without words which first debuted in the UK in 1978. In the US, it was named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list in 1979. The book was adapted into a 26 minute animated television special in 1982. Timeless.
by Peter McCarty
First Snow is by acclaimed Caldecott Honor–winning author-illustrator Peter McCarty. It’s a day of firsts for Pedro . . . First snowfall. First snow angel. First taste of a snowflake. First sled run. First snowball fight! Kids will love this one.
The Snowy Day
by Jack Ezra Keats
This book is another lovely (classic!) illustrated picture book. The main character is Peter and the reader follows Peter through a snowy day. (The book can be purchased with a stuffed doll of Peter… perfect for gifting!)
Ghosts of Greenglass House
by Kate Milford
This book is first in a three part series. While it’s designed for middle grades and young adult readers, it’s a great read aloud. Milo, the book’s main character, is stuck in the house during the winter holidays with strange guests.
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
byUrsula K. Le Guin
Illustrated by Charles Vess
This is the world’s best fantasy series, according to Melissa. The collaboration is a compilation of the six novels and short stories from the series “The Earthsea Cycle.” Follow a literate non-industrialized civilization where magic is a central part of life for most. There is a strong connection between power and responsibility where you will receive a Taos message that “good” wizardry can bring harmony and “bad” wizardry can lead to an upsetting of harmony and threaten catastrophe!
Photos by Laura Black.