Picture Books that Delight and Inform

Arctic White


Arctic White
by Danna Smith
illustrated by Lee White
Henry Holt BFYR
Ages 4-8
ISBN 10: 1627791043
ISBN 13: 9781627791045

"When you live in the Arctic in winter,
everything is a shade of white."

A young girl looks around her home in the Arctic and sees only white, white, white...but one day her grandfather takes her on a journey through the tundra.  And at the end of their cold walk across the ice, they find something special that brings color into their world. 

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New York Times

"Life in winter is shades of white in Smith's sweet tale of the frozen North...White's lively, detailed illustrations capture a vastness and mystery, incorporating bursts of red and green seamlessly into a dusky gray world."

School Library Journal Starred Review

"The last few pages of the swirling, glowing, swooping Northern Lights are impressive enough to inspire readers to see this natural phenomenon for themselves." 

2nd Grade Reading Blog

"While this book easily fulfills core curriculum standards in literacy, geography, and science; the art teacher might get the most mileage from it.  Surely the children can produce wonderful colors from any part of the world to decorate their winter hallways."  

Awards & Honors

SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist 2017

(Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
Literati's Best 25 Books of 2017