A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Snowy and Wintry Books
With winter’s early arrival here in the Midwest, we thought it fitting to showcase snowy and wintry titles this month. We, of course, have many favorites that we have loved over the years. And, there are lots of new books worthy of mentioning. However, one book in particular, is at the top of our list, and undoubtedly, it will be at the top of yours! Snowflakes Fall is a collaborative effort of Newbery medalist Patricia MacLachlan and prolific children’s illustrator and author Stephen Kellogg. MacLachlan and Kellogg are longtime friends, however, this is the first collaboration between them. Both have visited the Kenton County Public Library in the past, so we have even had the pleasure of meeting them. We have thoroughly loved and enjoyed their works over the years including MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall and Kellogg’s Pinkerton books among many others.
Snowflakes Fall was written to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last December. Kellogg, who now lives in New York City, lived for 35 years with his family in Sandy Hook, a village within the town of Newtown, Connecticut. He was very active in the school and library community there, and the news of 12/14/12 was utterly devastating to him. In his words, he wished that he could “do something creative as a counterbalance to that.” Snowflakes Fall was born of that idea. He and MacLachlan used the image of the snowflake to highlight the uniqueness of individuals as well as the healing power of nature and time. The idea of using a snowflake was actually inspired by the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association’s drive which encouraged people to make paper snowflakes to decorate the new school that Sandy Hook students began attending after the shooting. MacLachlan’s poetic narrative is uplifting and perpetuates a message of hope. Kellogg’s illustrations were inspired by his fond memories of the people and places of Sandy Hook. His illustration of 27 snow angels which appears on the last few pages of the book is truly moving.
Random House Publishers, though initially hesitant about publishing a book on this subject, is very excited about its release. They plan to make a significant monetary donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Random House also plans to donate 25,000 copies of the book to First Book (a nonprofit organization which connects book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need) in honor of the residents of Sandy Hook.
New Snowy and Wintry Books