Hibernation Station, written by Michelle Meadows and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus, is a nominee for the 2012-13 South Carolina Picture Book Award. This book is a great read-aloud that tells about a group of animals getting ready to hibernate for the winter. At first, various animals have trouble going to sleep, they’re hungry or wet, or they’re just plain lonely. Gradually, with the help of the bears in charge, each animal settles in for a long winter’s sleep.
The whimsical illustrations, rendered in pencil with digital color, and the fun rhymes really keep this story going. I especially enjoyed seeing the snakes’ pajamas! Young readers will be enchanted by this story, and it could lead them to explore how animals survive cold winters.
Pair this book with Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart or What Do Animals Do in Winter? by Melvin and Gilda Berger for a great discussion about animals in winter!