My Winter City

My Winter City

Written by: Gladstone, James
Illustrated by: Clement, Gary
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

A boy, his father and their dog have a perfect day in a snowy city, illustrated by Governor General’s Literary Award winner Gary Clement.

A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them, then a slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. The boy describes all the sights and sounds of the day, from the frost in Dad’s beard and the snow “pillows” in the park, to the noisy clunking snow plows and the singing buskers they pass on their way home. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day, as snow blankets the world outside his window.

This is winter in the city.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

A boy, his father and their dog have a perfect day in a snowy city, illustrated by Governor General’s Literary Award winner Gary Clement.

A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them, then a slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. The boy describes all the sights and sounds of the day, from the frost in Dad’s beard and the snow “pillows” in the park, to the noisy clunking snow plows and the singing buskers they pass on their way home. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day, as snow blankets the world outside his window.

This is winter in the city.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Sep 1, 2019
Specifications 32 pages | 9.375 in x 12.5 in

Praise for James Gladstone, Gary Clement and My Winter City:

Commended Globe 100 List, 2019

Finalist Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2020

“A delicious, snow-filled slice of life.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This lovely tribute to urban wintertime is oversize, and Clement’s cheerful watercolor art takes full advantage. … Observant little ones can pore over these pages for a long time, noticing each well-observed detail of wintertime city life.” — New York Times

“Gladstone … poetically speaks to the city’s snowy appearance … Clement’s illustrations are chockablock with urban details.” — CM Review of Materials


Praise for James Gladstone and When Planet Earth Was New:

“Evocative … bold … poetic … will spark readers’ imaginings of a nascent Earth.” — Publishers Weekly


Praise for Gary Clement and Swimming, Swimming:

“The entertaining energy of youth never stops and Clement’s pages are appropriately always in motion … You’re going to want to dive back in again and again.” — BookDragon

“Exuberant cartoon paintings bring the traditional children’s song — and the perfect summer’s day — to vivid life.” School Library Journal