Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold

Dusk fell

and the cold came creeping,

came prickling into our hearts . . .

How do animals brave the longest and coldest season of the north? See the tundra swans settle into sleep. Hear the fee-bee of the chickadee singing from its perch in the evergreen. Watch beavers dive deep beneath the frozen pond, and moose wade through sparkling snow. Discover winter’s safe places for these hardy creatures—how they snuggle warmly and survive until spring’s warmth returns.


Winter Bees: Beyond the Book, a TPT special

Reader’s Guide

Awards & Honors

2015 Claudia Lewis Poetry Award

ALSC Notable Children’s Book

ILA Teachers’ Choice Award

Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award

School Library Journal Best Book of 2014

Kirkus Best Book of 2014

The Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2014

New York Public Library's 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing

2014 Nerdy Poetry Award


*Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

Sidman and Allen discover warmth, community and wisdom in the dead of winter . . . . Each poem brings a sense of humor, respect, or wonder to its subject."

*Kirkus (starred review)

"Carefully constructed and delightfully varied poems . . . . Fascinating, detailed information about the subjects accompanies each poem . . . the result is magic."

*Booklist (starred review)

"Equally suited to curricular units and cozy reads in front of a fire.”

*School Library Journal (starred review)

“A winter wonderland of deftly crafted poetry, fascinating science facts, an amazingly rich vocabulary, and stunning illustrations.”

*Bulletin (starred review)

"A brilliant opportunity for some spontaneous poetic sharing as the flakes begin to fall.

New York Times

“Snowy northern winters come to life in these cogent poems."

 Horn Book

"A handsome, persuasive, and authentic ambassador for creatures in their natural state."


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