Snowflakes, icebergs, hardship, and imagination.
By Mark Helprin
Build a fire, find a comfortable chair, and lose yourself in Helprin’s magical evocation of Belle Epoque New York and the farthest reaches of the imagination. His unlikely love story of a thieving, middle-aged Irishman and a dying young heiress is a transporting tale of breathtaking invention and great beauty.
By Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The author served as assistant zoologist on Scott’s last, ill-starred expedition to the frozen wasteland that rings the South Pole. Written a decade after he narrowly escaped his leader’s fate, Cherry-Garrard’s account of Antarctic exploration is gripping, poignant, and not without a bracing humor.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrated by Mary Azarian
This charming picture book, a Caldecott Medal winner, is about Wilson Bentley and his peculiar obsession. In text and watercolored woodcuts, it reveals how the self-taught scientist developed techniques to capture snowflakes’ extraordinary, evanescent beauty on glass negatives. A well-told tale for ages 6 and up.
By Kenneth Libbrecht
A captivating exploration of the art, science, and variety of snowflakes, illustrating, through the author’s extraordinary microphotographs, the crystalline intricacy of their structure and pattern. With useful tips for snowflake hunters, Libbrecht’s book is a delight to look at and learn from.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Amid howling winds, freezing temperatures, and blizzard after brutal blizzard, the Little House family—hunkered down in one room with dwindling supplies of food and fuel—persevere with a little help from Pa’s fiddle, Ma’s improvisational cooking, and a lot of hope. Ages 8 and up, and perfect for a family read-aloud.