It’s rare. 

It’s full of possibility. 

It’s every student’s dream. 

In the south, it’s also every grocer’s dream because we become petrified of running out of bread when the air is nippy and stock up on whatever we can get our hands on. 

I’m talking about the ever promising SNOW DAY! We all remember that glimmer of hope the night before a potential snow day. The anticipation was palpable and the weather channel was never more interesting. 

Snow dances were common in my house and they involved sprinting three laps around our beds, flying down the staircase, throwing open the refrigerator door and yelling “SNOW!” three times into the cold air (repeat three times, yell louder for snow and ice). Your snow dance may not have been as ritualistic, but we were serious snow dancers in our day…and also perhaps we were just a little odd.

If you haven’t seen Lester Laminack’s Snow Day! this is the perfect week to settle in for a snowed-in story time!

When the television weatherman predicts a big snowfall, the narrator gleefully imagines the fun-filled possibilities of an unscheduled holiday from school. Piling under warm blankets. Sipping hot chocolate in snowman mugs. Building a snow fort. Sledding in the neighbor’s field. In scene after snowy scene, from sunrise to sundown, a pair of siblings, with their father in tow, show how they would make the most of their day off.

But when the family wakes up the next morning, they are in for a disappointment. No snow! As the family members pile into the car so they won’t be late for school, an unexpected twist reveals who wanted the snow day most of all.

Adam Gustavson’s expressive illustrations comically capture the excitement of pure possibility in author Lester Laminack’s thoroughly original tale.

Here’s hoping we see some “SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!” tomorrow! 

Happy Reading, friends!