In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow. Together, the words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow.
MacLachlan and Kellogg, who are longtime friends, were moved to collaborate on a message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Kellogg lived in Sandy Hook for thirty-five years—he raised his family there and was an active member of the community. With Snowflakes Fall, they have created a truly inspiring picture book that is both a celebration of life and a tribute to the qualities that make each individual unique.
In honor of the community of Sandy Hook and Newtown, Random House, the publisher of Snowflakes Fall, has made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Random House is also donating 25,000 new books to the national literacy organization First Book in the community’s honor and in support of children everywhere.
About Patricia Maclachlan
PATRICIA MACLACHLAN, the author of numerous picture books and novels for children, is best known for her Newbery Medal–winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall. Her other works include Journey, Baby, Waiting for the Magic, and Kindred Souls. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she attended the University of Connecticut and now lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband.
About Steven Kellogg
STEVEN KELLOGG, an award-winning author and illustrator, has published more than one hundred books for children, among them The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, Johnny Appleseed, If You Decide to Go to the Moon, and Clorinda. He studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he became intrigued by the picture-book format. He lives in Essex, New York, with his wife.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2013:
"Adults can share this book to address tragic events, discuss grief and the recovery process, and remind children of the precious beauty of life."
Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2013:
"This is a graceful homage to the inevitable seasons of life and remembrances of loved ones and times past. Whether or not they are familiar with loss and grief, children will feel the healing power of this hopeful, uplifting book."
SELECTION 2014 Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year