As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, our thoughts turn to cosy spaces and indoor fun. What better way to see out the winter than with a good book? In Iceland, the traditional Jólabókaflóðið (Yule Book Flood) sees friends and family sharing new books with their loved ones. Snuggling into a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and a new book? Count me in!
Although school is closed, the eLibrary is always open and pupils can use Sora to find a book during the winter break. Pupils can browse our curated collections and subject lists based on their interests, or search for a particular title. Pupils and students in Huili School Hangzhou and Wellington College International Hangzhou can log into Sora with their school email and password. Children in Huili Nursery Hangzhou can log in with the short username and passwords recently sent home.
Winter Themed Books
We have a curated collection available on Sora highlighting some of our winter themed books. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is the New York Public Library’s most read book (over 485,000 checkouts since 1962) and follows Peter as he explores his neighbourhood after the first snowfall of the year. This sweet story has been enchanting children for generations.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner is a magical tale of what is happening underneath the snow during the winter. We follow animals as they keep busy or hibernate through the long winter.
Following on from beloved classic The Snowman, Raymond Briggs has written The Snowman and The Snowdog, which follows our friends from the original books as they create a puppy from snow and enjoy a new adventure.
Shen Shixi, a well know author of animal tales, brings us Guide Dog Dick who finds the friendship of a blind boy and helps him to climb the snowy mountains in search of the boy’s mother.
In addition to our Winter Reads collection on Sora, readers can also find many firm favourites to keep them entertained all holiday long.