Cold Climes

This month we’ve asked out librarians to share their favorite pieces of media that have chilly settings. Check out their responses below!

I reread Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter on the coldest day of the year.  I’ve been doing this for at least 30 years!
I am ready to go out, find the wheat, and save the town!

I chose to focus on picture books as there are some great ones about being outdoors in the winter and the snow! First, there is “Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, of course, about a boy who wakes up and finds that it has snowed overnight. Marvelous adventures like building a snowfigure, making a snow angel and dragging a stick through the snow ensue. “Over and Under the Snow” by Messner is another ‘get out and explore’ book. As the children walk ON the snow, the illustrations show what is happening UNDER the snow – animals sleeping, eating, burrowing, etc. “Snowflake Bentley” is a biography of Wilson Bentley who is the one who really showed the world that each snowflake is an individual and distinct pattern – and he did this by photographing the snowflakes. “Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter” by Pak takes us on a walk through the woods as children are watching the seasons change. Finally, “Snow” by Uri Shulevitz is a marvelous illustrative book that shows a town as a storm begins. First there is one flake, then two, then….

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean – YA fiction
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout – adult historical fiction
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips – adult fiction (suspense, multiple perspectives)
And of course, Lyra goes to the North in The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (book, movie, TV show)

Snowpiercer, the movie

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

As much as I dislike actually being cold, I LOVE books set in cold climates! Some of my favorites are:

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – a retelling of the Snegurochka tale set in 1920s Alaska
The Shining by Stephen King – snowbound horror!
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson – post-apocalyptic novel set in the Yukon
City of Thieves by David Benioff – dark humor set during the siege of Leningrad
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven – a young woman accompanies a group of explorers to do their cooking and whatnot, and ends up being the only survivor
My Last Continent by Midge Raymond – novel about a naturalist who studies penguins in Antarctica and there’s also a shipwreck!
No One Thinks of Greenland by John Greisemer – set in a military hospital in Greenland after the Korean War
Above All Things by Tanis Rideout – a fictionalized story about George Mallory’s attempt to climb Everest in 1924

Winter’s Bone

Let the Right One In
30 Days of Night
The ShiningThe ThingSnowpiercer

The Shining by Stephen King
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman


Horizon Zero Dawn was an amazing game, and the The Frozen Wilds expansion was just icing on the cake.  The gorgeous wintry environments took my breath away and the narrative added in the expansion helped to clarify some plot points from the main portion of the game and open the door to potential sequels!

Let us know your favorite polar picks in the comments below!

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