Waiting for Snow

Illustrated by Renata Liwska

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Dedicated to Kate O’Sullivan and Renata Liwska, a dream editor and illustrator worth waiting for.

Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time.

The Story Behind The Story

Many of my stories were inspired by a specific person, animal, or event. Waiting for Snow is a bit different. I was reading lots of books about woodland animals and who doesn’t enjoy a good story about woodland animals? I thought I might enjoy writing one too. So, I came up with Badger and a variety of fun friends. I actually penned four stories about Badger. I do love badgers! In the second manuscript Badger changed into a Raccoon! That story, May I Come In? was bought by Sleeping Bear Press. The third story, Badger’s Perfect Garden, was also bought by Sleeping Bear Press. Hooray! The fourth never found a publisher. It’s deep in my story file, perhaps to be resurrected in the future.


“Quiet, charming, and just plain fun, little ones eager for winter will relate to this story’s snow-loving characters…. Kiddos eager for the changing of seasons will easily find kinship among these antsy woodland creatures in this engaging story perfect for a winter-themed story time.”


“Delicate pencil lines show scenes as simultaneously earnest and funny… Snow can’t be forced, but this will help ease the wait”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Using Hedgehog as the even-keeled voice of reason, Arnold (Lost. Found.) suggests that there is something to be said for accepting a situation rather than fighting it.”

The Washington Post

“The gentle tale delivers a subtle lesson about things happening ‘in their time.’”