cover image Snow Days

Snow Days

Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Miki Sato. Pajama, $17.95 (24p) ISBN 978-1-77278-135-9

This picture book features textured mixed-media collage artwork paired with a rhyming enumeration of different snow types and their respective textures, activities, or snow day descriptions. “Blizzard snow—school closes/ Rosy cheeks, red noses,” reads one page, alongside an image of a bundled-up family clearing their driveway with shovels. Kerbel’s couplets include both concrete details (“Frozen snow, shiny-hard/ Snowbank mountains in the yard”) and more poetic abstractions (“Last snow, tame and shy,/ Winter’s quiet wave goodbye”). Sato’s deceptively simple illustrations are almost tangible in their layers, showcasing an array of stitches, paper finishes, and fabric surfaces, and depicting an inclusive cast. Back matter features five “fun experiments” with snow. Ages 2–5. [em](Nov.) [/em]