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First Steps, First Snow
First Steps, First Snow

First Steps, First Snow



36 Pages, 8 x 8

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $25.95)

Publication Date: September 2022

ISBN 9781952782619

Rights: WOR

Boutique of Quality Books (Sep 2022)
BQB Publishing

Price: $18.95


Animals and nature add wonder to daily life. First Steps, First Snow connects young readers to nature, nocturnal animals, and fosters mindfulness.

Whether it's changing seasons, changing scenes, or observing wildlife, nature adds wonder to our lives. First Steps, First Snow (based on a true story) describes a magical walk in the woods on a winter night.

The poem guides readers on the walk and encourages the observation of nature. Watercolor illustrations show nocturnal animals that live in forests. 

At the end, the two children and the animals are all snug and sound asleepa perfect bedtime story for readers of all ages.


“The forest is always beautiful, but at night, in the snow, under the glow of the full moon, it is truly wondrous. From deer grazing with their fawns to foxes and raccoons hunting in the drifts and an owl gliding from branch to snowy branch, the forest is full of nighttime friends. To walk through the first snowfall of the year and hear it crunching under your boots as you walk through the "timeless trees" is the perfect way to celebrate winter—especially when, afterward, you get to curl up in a nice warm bed!

Filled with scenes that will be familiar to anyone who lives in and loves the woods, First Steps, First Snow uses both images and text to evoke the hush, mystery, and peace of a forest in winter at night. Simple, short snippets of text combine rhyme, poetic imagery, and sound words to encourage readers to imagine with all five senses, while beautiful, subdued ink and watercolor illustrations depict the forest and its inhabitants in loving detail. When read aloud (with the time taken to linger over each image), the text is restful and meditative—perfect for bedtime reading.
First Steps, First Snow is beautiful, timeless, and joyful.” – The Children’s Book Review



Author Biography

Award-winning author Harriet Hodgson has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College of Education and Human Development at Boston University. She also has an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. After a dozen years in the classroom, Hodgson quit teaching to pursue a writing career. Visit for more information about this busy mother, grandmother, great grandmother, author, speaker, doodle artist, and community volunteer.