A new year is upon us, but your children might not have a firm grasp on what a year entails. Simple picture books can introduce children to the months and seasons and what each part of the year brings to us. The following books will build children's familiarity with the calendar year.
- "Snowy Flowy Blowy: A Twelve Months Rhyme" by Nancy Tafuri: Each month of the year is described with a single word. Lovely illustrations accompany the simple text and add meaning to the descriptive words.
- "Twelve Hats for Lena: A Book of Months" by Karen Katz: A child makes a new hat to celebrate each month of the book. The book includes instructions to help readers create their own seasonal hats.
- "I Love You, Mama, Any Time of Year" by Nancy White Carlstrom: Jesse Bear introduces children to the seasons as he describes to his mother how he loves her all year long.
- "Sing a Song of Piglets: A Calendar in Verse" by Eve Bunting: Adorable piglets celebrate the months of the year with seasonal activities. The rolling text can be sung to the tune of "Sing a Song of Sixpence."
- "How Do You Say it Today, Jesse Bear?" by Nancy White Carlstrom: Each month, Jesse Bear finds new ways to tell his parents, "I love you."
Find these and other books about the year at your local library. The main branch of the Peoria Public Library is located at 107 Northeast Monroe, Peoria, Ill. Simple books with seasonal text and illustrations will help your children become familiar with what a year entails, from beginning to end.