Perfect Picture Book Friday: SNOW SISTERS plus Critique Giveaway

What a totally perfect day for a totally perfect picture book entitled SNOW SISTERS

Yes, here in New Hampshire, we are in the middle of a BLIZZARD! It’s actually lovely if you don’t have to go anywhere and have plenty of food and water and power to heat your home and keep the internet going.

And the lovely Kerri Kokias, author of Snow Sisters, has graciously offered a picture book manuscript critique as a giveaway. Woo-hoo! And tomorrow, Kerri will be stopping by to chat and share a delicious recipe for hot cocoa! MMMMM…whose got the marshmallows?



Written by Kerri Kokias

Illustrated by Teagan White

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2018)

Ages: 3-7

Themes: Sisters, friendship, being yourself


From Amazon: Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to make the perfect snow day! A heartwarming sibling story from the illustrator of That’s Me Loving You.

When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building.

The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently–until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister meets Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow.

Why I like this book:

  • I have a sister and remember well our differences, but I also remember how we found ways to come together

  • I love how each sister goes her own way, but in the end, they show how much they love each other

  • Wonderful illustrations and perfect pacing of the text will engage children from the first page to the last.


30-ways-to-make-a-snowflake-2Photo courtesy:

Make a snowflake craft: for detailed instructions on any of these beautiful snowflakes:

For lots of fun when summer comes, why not fill a plastic container with clean snowballs and put it in the freezer. On a hot summer day, go out with the kids and throw snowballs. Just make sure they aren’t too hard. If they are, you can make a game of tossing them into a bucket. 

Thank you so much for spending your precious time here. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the picture book manuscript critique giveaway…and definitely pop in tomorrow for the Q&A with Kerri Kokias.

The 2018 books are coming in fast and furious and I hope to review lots of them this year! Please remember that authors need reviews and shout outs…I’m off to write an Amazon review right now.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on January 5, 2018, in Crafts for kids, Giveaway, Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 74 Comments.

  1. Kim Pfennigwerth

    Looking forward to reading this book! And the interview with Kerri Kokias.


  2. I’ll definitely look for this book! It looks so sweet and cozy, perfect for this time of year! And thanks for offering the contest! 🙂


  3. Beautiful book. Can’t wait to read it!


  4. Great snowflake craft. I can’t wait to read this book. I have loved the cover since it was announced. Stay warm and cozy through your blizzard.


    • I loved seeing the craft on here too, Vivian. I hope you enjoy the book, Maria! Aren’t you a little jealous we’re not getting any of the snow here?


  5. I’m anxious to read this book. Lovely illustrations. I’m curious about how to handle the mirrored text. Thanks, Vivian and Kerri.


  6. We’re snowed in here in Charleston SC too. Stay warm Vivian.
    Kerri, I can’t wait to read this as I am most interested in non-traditional story structure. Mentor text are hard to find…and this story premise sounds lovely. My sister and I are opposites too 🙂


  7. I put this book on reserve a few weeks back before it had it’s birthday. I went and picked up from the library yesterday and it is adorable! Congratulations Kerri & Teagan!


  8. Looks like a sweet story. Thanks for introducing us to it.


  9. Great pick for today! We have -20 wind chill here in NY so a sweet snow story just seems right. Thanks.


  10. I MUST get this book for my granddaughters! And try out the snowflake craft with the 5 year old. Thanks, Vivian! And tomorrow, I’ll bring the marshmallows. 🙂


  11. My sister (an extrovert) and I (an introvert) are so different that my dad once said if you mixed us together you’d get “one normal person”! Love your writing, Kerri.
    Paulette Sharkey


  12. What a lovely premise! I have three sisters, each with a unique personality, but love to spare among us. The holidays make me miss them more. 🙂
    I can’t wait to read this book and see how it’s structured.
    Thanks for this awesome post, Vivian.


  13. jennagrodzicki

    I can’t wait to read this one!


  14. What an appropriate book for today! As the mother of 2 girls, I really could have used this book when they were younger! It looks lovely and I’m going to read it to them even though they are teen-agers!


  15. Becky Scharnhorst

    This looks like a lovely book, and one that would be a great mentor text for an idea that has been floating around in my head for awhile. Thank you for sharing it with us, Vivian!


  16. Perfect book for days like these! I so love winter books! Thanks for sharing this one with us. 🙂


  17. Can’t wait to get the book!


  18. Can’t wait to get this book!


  19. This book looks so cute, thanks for sharing!

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  20. Perfect winter day choice! I love the story theme about being okay with individuality and the snowflake analogy. Sounds like a beautiful book!
    Keep warm, my friend. It’s subzero in SW Ohio, but we don’t have all the snow.


  21. Can’t wait to read this!


  22. I have two little girls that are different as can be. I also have an older sister who is my best friend to this day. Sister books are the best.


  23. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. This book is great because I have two sisters! A sister sharing book is a wonderful concept. Thank you Vivian for another great find!

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  25. What a neat picture book! 😀

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  26. mariagianferrari

    Snow Sisters looks adorable!! LOVE the snowflake craft too. Happy New Year, and stay warm, Vivian!! 🙂


  27. I’m definitely the sister out in the snow, funny thing is I think my sister is too. This book looks lovely and I’m looking forward to reading it!


  28. I love this book and pouring over the wonderfully detailed pictures thinking about how I am like this sister here and that sister there. A great book to explore identity.


  29. This looks really sweet. My sister and I were opposites too. And I love Teagan White’s illustrations (loved them in Mice Skating too).


  30. Heather Erquiaga

    I just know I’m going to love this book!


  31. This book would be real cute for my daughters! Thanks for the giveaway!


  32. This book looks lovely. And I am always up for a good snowflake activity as we don’t see many here in Las Vegas.


  33. Thanks Vivian! Thanks Kerri! My sister and I are both quite different but get along very well, so love the premise of this book. Looking forward to reading it. Mahalo!


  34. Thanks for sharing. This books looks adorable! I will have to look for it at my library.


  35. What an apt picture book to showcase this past weekend! 🙂 Will definitely look it up. Plus, I really enjoyed reading the interview you posted today. Thanks for sharing your story, Kerri (and cocoa recipe!) 🙂


  36. I love books about sisters! (I have three girls) This one looks so sweet! 🙂


  37. I can’t wait to see this book! I love snow!!


  38. kelliejanebyrnes

    Love the concept of this book – adding to my TBR list. And the illustrations look absolutely gorgeous too!


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