The Shortest Day

written by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Jesse Reisch

Explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history.

This book describes how and why daylight grows shorter as winter approaches, the effect of shorter days on animals and people, and how the winter solstice has been celebrated throughout history. The text flows logically and smoothly while the illustrations enrich the information in colorful, two-page spreads.

Solstice facts, simple science activities, ideas for celebrating the day in school and at home, and a further-reading list are included.