Project Description


Snow Day!

by Lester L. Laminack
illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Everyone loves a snow day! Award-winning author Lester Laminack provides a clever take on a familiar childhood wish. An unexpected twist is sure to surprise and delight young readers.

When the weatherman predicts a big snowfall, it’s hard not to imagine the fun-filled adventures of an unscheduled school holiday! You can build snowmen, go sledding, have snowball fights—the possibilities are endless. Except when the family wakes up that next morning, they find no snow! School is happening, and all their dreams of a winter wonderland are gone. But as the family piles into the car to head to 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.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-418-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2007
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-553-9
Publication Date: 10/1/2010
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: CD
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-556-0
Publication Date: 10/1/2010
Size: 5″ x 4-7/8″ x 1″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Hardcover & CD
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-554-6
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 1.8
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: 350L
Themes: Days Off, Expectation, School, Snow
BISAC 1: JUV029020 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Weather
BISAC 2: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“The mostly two-page illustrations are rich in color, texture, perspective, and kinesthetic energy.” ―School Library Journal

“Laminack generates the increasingly hopeful energy to a fever pitch… Gustavson creates a festive mood with his oil illustrations, so luxurious and ample they feel like bundles of winter clothing, topped with bright scarves.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The illustrations, in muted oils, show the jubilant family anticipating the snow and the activities that they would undertake. The figures fill the pages giving a sense of intimacy, and the scenes are viewed from a variety of perspectives, adding to the excitement and chaos. Children (and parents) will identify with the strong wish for a day away from the routine, as well as the mad rush when things don’t pan out.” ―Booklist

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“Brilliantly-illustrated…It’s a great book for any elementary or middle grade classroom, and can be used as a story-starter for creative writing or an art inspiration for the creative classroom. It should even be more welcome in the home library, where parents and children can remember and discuss their most favorite snow days of all.” ―Picture Book Depot

“Lester Laminack knows exactly how the anticipation of a snow day feels. Adam Gustavson brings all of those anticipatory feelings to life in his illustrations…The surprise ending is just perfect!” ―Sal’s Fiction Addiction



CCBC Choices (Seasons and Celebrations) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2008

The Best Read Aloud Picture Books ―Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Wanda Gag Honor Book ―Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2008

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Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2008

Golden Sower Award (Nominee, Primary) ―Nebraska Library Association, 2010-2011

North Carolina Author Awards (Nominee, AAUW Award for Juvenile Literature) ―North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2008

North Carolina Children’s Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―North Carolina Reading Association, 2009

Show Me Readers Award (Nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians, 2009-2010

Volunteer State Book Awards (Master List, Grades K-3) ―Tennessee Association of School Librarians, 2009-2010

Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (Primary) ―New York State Reading Association, 2010


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Meet the Author

Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children’s literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, as well as numerous periodicals. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey. You can visit his website here.