Where Do the Animals Go?

The days are shorter, temperatures are colder, and a common question for children is “Where do the animals go when it’s cold?” Of course there are many answers to this: they dig under, they fly away, they hibernate, and they grow thicker coats, for example. If your child is curious, why not check out a book to read together? Here are some great choices from the library’s collection. So cuddle up, stay warm, and share the joys of reading and learning together!

When Winter Comes by Pearl Neuman   Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner  Animals in Winter by Bancroft and Gelder

Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart   Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman

Baking with APLD

Listen, now is not the time to go on a diet. The holidays are staring us right in the face and the cold weather is making us layer up, so the time is right to experiment with all kinds of baking. The Aurora Public Library District can help! Instead of going out and buying tons of cookbooks you’ll only flip through once, check out up to ten cookbooks at a time for two weeks (+ two renewals on top of that = a potential month and a half of borrowing a book).

(Since I let you in on that little secret, you now have to bring me a sample of whatever it is you bake.)

The cookbooks begin on the nonfiction shelves with the call numbers 641. If you’re anything like me, you’ll easily get lost in the cookbooks, so it might be more fun for you to browse in person rather than going through our online catalog. But you can certainly do both! Personally, I can’t wait to check out American Cookie by Anne Byrn.

Maybe you’re looking to experiment with baking bread. We have all sorts of books with recipes for bakers of all levels.


Or maybe you want to start making more pies, tarts, or brownies. These might be some of the most underrated items of all the baked goods, in my opinion.


What about cakes? We have tons of titles on baking and decorating cakes to help you hone your skills. There are tons of new flavors to try too, instead of just plain white or chocolate cake. You can experiment with fillings and various flavor combinations to your heart’s content.


And we can’t forget about cookies! There plenty of titles for you to check out about all kinds of cookies, too, whether you’re looking for cake mix cookies, no-bake cookies, Christmas cookies, and more.


If you have little ones, we also have lots of books for baking and cooking with children. You’ll love spending time with children, making memories, and helping them learn new skills. Plus, with kids, anything goes, so that means you get to lick the batter, too! (I would have done that normally, but this isn’t about me.)

Maybe you’d rather browse online for recipes. Sign on to one of our public computers with your library card to scour the Internet to your heart’s content. If you need to print a recipe off, it’s only $.10 per black and white page or $1.00 per color page. You can also make copies directly from the books with our public copy machines.

It’s getting colder and the weather might start to get a little dicey, so you might not want to make the trip to the Library. We understand, and you’re in luck because you can also download baking titles digitally straight to your device from the Indiana Digital Download Center with OverDrive. Flip through digital recipe books and screenshot the images so you can have the recipes forever.

I want to help you hibernate this winter surrounded by baked goods and comfort food. So, Happy Reading! (And Eating!)

At Least It’s Snowing in Books!

We still haven’t had enough snow to throw the first snowball of the season, so I’m turning to books for my snow-fix! Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite snow picture books.


Oh! by Kevin Henkes. What could be sweeter than a book by Kevin Henkes?


The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats. This Caldecott Medal classic is widely considered to be the first full-color picture book featuring an African-American child. Keats perfectly captured the universal delight of children exploring a new snowfall.


Snow by Uri Shulevitz. (I know – not the most imaginative titles today!) Will it snow today, or not?


Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee. What could have made the small tracks in the woods?


100 Snowmen by Jen Arena – lots of counting fun!


The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler. What a fun read-aloud that also speaks to the themes of cooperation and family relationships. Enjoy this one now, and check out Cuyler’s The Bumpy little Pumpkin in the Fall.


Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. When choosing books for your little ones, remember we have great books that are informational picture books. When you read this one, make sure to check out the additional information about animal adaptations in the back of the book.


Finally, for kids of all ages, take a look at Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. This picture book biography is about a scientist who taught himself to take photographs of snowflakes.

Written by Peggy Dean