Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story
In this cozy bedtime story, follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end.
Co-authors Sean Taylor (picture book author) and Alex Morss (ecologist, journalist, and educator) offer a gentle introduction to the concept of hibernation. In the frosty, quiet forest, the snow blankets the ground and the trees have shed their leaves. Where have all the animals gone? Are they asleep too?
In each cutaway scene, see what the child cannot—that underground below his feet are dens with sleeping creatures, and within the hollow trunks of trees, animals are nesting. After the story, annotated illustrations explain the hibernation facts for each animal and what they will do when they wake up for spring.
Cozy up as you expand you and your child's knowledge of the natural world.
Sean Taylor is an award-winning author of over 50 books for young readers of many different ages. As well as writing, he has many years’ experience visiting schools, where he works with poetry and storytelling to encourage young people to write themselves. He lives with his wife and two sons in Bristol. www.seantaylorstories.com
Alex Morss is a freelance ecologist, writer, editor, and educator and one of Avon Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Champions. She has 20 years’ experience in publishing and 10+ in ecology, plus many more spent as a naturalist exploring the tree of life.
Cinyee Chiu is originally from Taiwan, now traveling around the world. She got her illustration MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She’s always happy