Blizzard by John Rocco is a nominee for the 2016-17 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

In Blizzard, author/illustrator John Rocco tells the tale of his experiences in the 1978 blizzard that hit New England. His hometown in Rhode Island got over 50 inches of snow, and the snowplows didn’t arrive for a week!

The snow was exciting at first, but it soon became worrisome. John’s family and their neighbors were running out of food, so John, who had read all about Arctic survival, knew he had to do something. So he strapped on some snowshoes, grabbed his sled, and did what needed to be done.

As a nominee for the South Carolina Picture Book Award, Blizzard may open up a whole new world to some children in the state. It’s rare to get more than a few inches of snow the entire winter. A blizzard, like the one presented in this book, is not something most children here experience, so it could be interesting for them to think about how they would fare in similar circumstances.

The outstanding illustrations, when paired with accessible, easy-to-understand text, makes Blizzard a perfect choice for winter-time and weather-study read-alouds. It will definitely be a hit when there’s a potential snow day in the forecast!