There are some books that seem to provide us with the warmth we need when the temperature drops outside, often in the form of memorable descriptions of food. I often search the bookshelves for them in the winter, especially on snow days, which provide the perfect backdrop for a cozy read-aloud with a child. Here are a few favorites to look for on your own snow-day trip to the library or bookstore:

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If you know me, you know that I have a kid who hates public toilets. They’re loud, unpredictable, and ubiquitous; try going on a trip without visiting one (sadly, we have).

With my five-year-old’s aversion showing no signs of abating, I decided to write a children’s book about a public toilet that swallowed a swimming pool, to help us all laugh about his dislike. It’s called The Big Flush, and I get my first look at its printed self next week!

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