The Snow Knows

The Snow Knows

by Jennifer McGrath
  • animal
  • critically-acclaimed
  • fiction
  • from-the-atlantic-canada

The snow knows where the rabbit goes. It knows the hush-shush of the owl’s wing.

In this deceptively simple children’s picture book, a pair of award-winning storytellers share the joys of winter. A lyrical prose poem, The Snow Knows introduces readers of all ages to animals both domestic (a tabby cat by the wood stove) and wild (a slinking lynx; a choir of coyotes), celebrating wilderness and outdoor play.

With whimsical hide-and-seek illustrations, readers will love following footprints and catching a glimpse of an owl’s wing or pheasant’s feathers, suggesting what appears on the following page. A beautiful book, destined to be a perennial winter favourite, and read aloud by a crackling fire.


Jennifer McGrath, author

Jennifer McGrath is a professional writer and award-winning children’s author from Moncton, New Brunswick. Her two middle grade adventure books, Chocolate River Rescue and White Cave Escape, are popular with teachers and students alike. Jennifer is known for her enthusiastic storytelling style, her fascination with fairytales, and her fondness for sparkly things. She loves animals (especially dogs and ponies), the outdoors, and curling up in front of the fire with a good book. You can find out more about Jennifer and her stories at

Josée Bisaillon, illustrator

As a young girl, Josée Bisaillon loved drawing cats and houses. She enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell (and to draw!). She pursued her education all the way to university, where she fell in love with illustration. Since then, scissors and brushes in hand, Josée has been illustrating children’s books, magazines, and newspapers. Josée lives just outside of Montreal with her spouse, their three children, one hairless cat, and many paper characters.


  • "The Snow Knows" reveals what Robert Frost might have seen had he entered those lovely, dark and deep woods on that snowy evening: the busy, mysterious and often dramatic lives of the forest animals. - Canadian Children's Book News


  • Shortlisted, Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, Atlantic Book Award
  • Shortlisted, Excellence in Children's Writing, New Brunswick Book Awards
  • Winner, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Canadian Children's Book Center Awards

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Nimbus Publishing Ltd.



rights sold: Canada

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 6 - 9

number of pages: 32

publication date: 09/07/2016

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book