First Snow by Peter McCarty

9780062189967_cc749First Snow by Peter McCarty
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / New Experience
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Pages: 40 Hardcover 10.8 x 10″
Date Published: January 6th, 2015
Publisher Balzer + Bray

First Snow is the newest picture book from acclaimed and Caldecott Honor–winning author/illustrator Peter McCarty, which extends the winning world of animal characters established in Chloe and Henry in Love.

It’s a day of firsts for Pedro….

First snowfall.

First snow angel.

First taste of a snowflake.

First sled run.

First snowball fight!

All the joy, magic, and wonder of a child’s first experiences are captured in this breathtaking picture book.

Recommended for: first experiences
Read on December 28, 2014

It is brisk outside today, and while the current now is not quite ripe for snow it is coming so I’m glad to have it on mind as I plan our book stacks. We have a few favorites on snow as well as some classics, but it is always good to add a few more. A new one for this year, perfect for the newest readers, is First Snow. I had the privilege of reading an advanced reader copy. I’m always excited to get my hands on books from past award winners, and this one is from Caldecott Honor winning Peter McCarty. While I haven’t had the opportunity to read the honorable Hondo & Fabian, I’m pleased with First Snow.

With a Spanish flair, early readers will enjoy reading about Pedro, Sancho and his sisters and the new experience of a first snow. There is excitement and uncertainty and new lessons learned as Pedro gets to become a bit adventurous. (On a sidenote: this is a great one for those with large families too!)

When you’re little new experiences can be scary and full of uncertainty as I’ve witnessed with a K5, Toddler 3 and newborn learning newness everyday. They take ques from those around them and while we often think of cold as a bitterness to bare, the magical first snow and those to follow are a memory to treasure. This is a neat little book. While I’m undecided if these are bunnies, dogs, beavers or a little of all in between. These little creatures have a delightful experience on the page to bring out the excitement of a child. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one for personal shelves, classrooms, and libraries as well for that first experience!

Again, I read an advanced copy, but I believe the final thing will be an excellent jacketed hardcover great for the shelf.

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As the temperature goes down and the mercury recedes filling your bookshelf with the themes of snow and snuggling up after a mug of warm cider or chocolate reads are a perfect thing. Other first snow experiences that you might enjoy include A Perfect by Carin Berger and Snowman Magic by Katherine Tegen. And I plan to have a good round up post in the near future with more!


Peter McCarty has written and illustrated several books for children, including Chloe, which received four starred reviews, and Henry in Love, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He is also the author and illustrator of Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and its sequel, Fabian Escapes; T Is for Terrible; Little Bunny on the Move; and Moon Plane, a Charlotte Zolotow Award winner. Peter lives with his wife and their two children in Clinton Corners, NY, where they get lots of snow. You can visit him online at

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.