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Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter

Written by Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrated by Claudine Gévry
Publisher: Millbrook Press, 2019
ISBN: 978-1541529007 32 pages
*Paperback edition coming in January 2025!


Winter is coming! While you’re outside skiing and building snowmen–or inside drinking hot cocoa by a fireplace–animals all around are coping with dropping temperatures and darker days. Solve the mystery of animal survival by seeing how animals prepare BEFORE and then survive DURING this coldest, darkest season of the year. Visit with 12 animals who migrate, hibernate, or tolerate to survive winter’s brutal grip.
Soak up the sun, breathe in the breeze,
munch crunchy apples that fall from the trees.
Enjoy every morsel you feast on today:
the banquet of autumn will soon fade away.

Journal Reviews

...a well-organized, clearly written, and delightfully illustrated work. Too charming to miss.
—School Library Journal
With smooth rhymes and jaunty illustrations, Salas and Gévry introduce three strategies animals use for coping with winter cold.
—Kirkus Reviews
…the back matter reveals the overall organization in paragraphs of text that explain the three main survival strategies (migrate, hibernate, tolerate) and discuss the four examples of each.

Reader Reactions

The whole book is a gem that you and your little animal enthusiasts will love!

—Perfect Picture Book Friday

We humans need ways to deal with the brutal cold that winter can bring … animals are no different.

—Sal's Fiction Addiction

...perfect for autumn learning.

—Teacher Dance

Downloadable Activities

Hummingbird coloring page

Photo Gallery

Two of the awesome kids I dedicated SNACK, SNOOZE, SKEDADDLE to.
Some of the dedicatees
Snack Venn
My Georgia nieces and nephews <3
Bear spread from Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle
Art © Claudine Gévry
Art copyright Claudine Gevry. From Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle, by Laura Purdie Salas (Lerner/Millbrook)
Art © Claudine Gévry

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How this Book Got Started

During our first winter in Minnesota (after moving up from Florida), I worried about wee creatures in the winter. Then a park ranger told me about snow being a good insulator. The idea for a book on how animals get through winter was at the back of my mind forever after that!

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