Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold summons forth the charms and dictates of winter. Just as Joyce Sidman captured the drama of the pond in Song of the Water Boatman and the night woods in Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, here she captures the drama of the cold.


Why don’t snakes freeze to death?


How does the tiny honeybee survive frost?

Learn about  the secret lives of animals happening under the snow and how it buds to spring!

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547906508
  • ISBN-10: 0547906501
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 11/04/2014
  • Carton Quantity: 20

About the book

     In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman (Song of the Water Boatman, Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow. Paired with stunning linoleum print illustrations by Rick Allen, that celebrate nature's beauty and power. 

About the author
Joyce Sidman

The Newbery Honor winner and Sibert Medalist Joyce Sidman is today's foremost nature poet for children.  Accolades for her books include two Caldecott Honors, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Claudia Lews Award, and many stars and best of lists.  For her award-winning body of work, she won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit  

Rick Allen

 On the tip of Lake Superior at the Kenspeckle Letterpress in Duluth, Minnesota, Rick Allen creates stunning prints, pressing original linoleum cuts, curious wood engravings, eccentric broadsheets, and other printed ephemera in collaboration with his wife and creative partner, Marian Lansky, and their assistant, Janelle Miller. Visit


* "Each poem brings a sense of humor, respect, or wonder to its subject." 

Publishers Weekly, starred review 


* "Concluded with a glossary of big but fascinating words, this is equally suited to curricular units and cozy reads in front of a fire." 

Booklist, starred review 


* "A work to be savored by young artists and scientists." 

Kirkus, starred review 


* "Winter Bees distinguishes itself with a focus on the science of animal survival, coupled with superlative illustrations. Readers young and old will enjoy this winter journey and marvel at the wonders of nature." 

School Library Journal, starred review 


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

—Horn Book Magazine 


"A collection that's as crisp as the first snowfall, Winter Bees is the pefect way to pass a chilly afternoon." 



"This author-artist duo makes winter wonder-filled." 

—Shelf Awareness 


* "Sidman is a master at retaining overall momentum while giving the individual poems their own form and style." 

Bulletin, starred review