Snow Song

A. K. Riley
Dawn Lo

An enchanting story told in rhythmic free verse of a young girl exploring the world on a wintry, snow-filled day.

This beautiful picture book uses rhythmic and sensory free verse to tell the story of a young girl exploring the outdoors on a wintry day. Everywhere she goes, the snow fills her with wonder and delight. There are fine pearls of snow, a twirl of snow, a curl of snow. The sky unravels into snow, the pond lathers up with snow, the hills are knitted caps of snow. All she encounters is framed by the snow. It captivates her, swaddles her world, and makes everything snug --- from first light, to the darkness of bedtime.

A. K. Riley has crafted an evocative and playful ode to the winter snow that perfectly captures the magic of a winter's day for a child. The verse alternates from slow to fast, deftly playing with pace and sure to keep readers engaged. Dawn Lo's fresh illustrations create a charming visual narrative of snow-filled scenes filled with joy. With a simultaneously classic and contemporary feel, this enchanting read-aloud is perfect for a winter-themed story time, a discussion of poetry, or a classroom unit on the seasons. It also touchingly explores ideas of how communities and friendships are enhanced through shared experiences.

978-1-5253-0235-0 | Oct 6, 2020
List Price: USD $17.99, CAD $19.99
4-color 9 x 10 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0471-2 | Oct 6, 2020
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

Awards & Reviews

“A moving-in story for lovers of winter that will last even after the snow has melted.”
— Kirkus Reviews, July 2020
“Riley offers up rich sensory language: couplets containing words like twirl, curl, swirl, and unfurl easily roll off the tongue like a graceful dance of flurries ...”
— Quill & Quire, October 2020
“The text of the story and the illustrations work together to create the excited energy of children experiencing snow!”
— CM Magazine, October 2020
“[A] playful ode to winter fun.”
— Publishers Weekly, November 2020
2021 - CCBC Choices List, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

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