Snow Globe Wishes

2019 Top 20 Goodreads Choice Awards
As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland--beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play? A lyrical holiday story about wishes and community and snow--lots and lots of snow.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Kindergarten
Dewey E
Lexile 510L
ATOS Reading Level 1.7
Guided Reading Level K
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110311), PDF (9781534146327), Hosted ebook (9781534146662)
Copyright 2019
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 10 x 10
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Goodreads Choice Award, Short-listed, 2019

Kirkus Reviews - Snow Globe Wishes

Starred Kirkus Review
When a snowstorm blows through town, it knocks out power and sends evening commuters scurrying for the safety and warmth of home. But in the electricity-free night, one family turns the darkness into an opportunity to slow down and enjoy time together. This charming story follows the evening of an interracial family of four: a brown-skinned and dark-haired woman, little girl, and little boy and a man presenting as white with light-colored skin and light hair. They have a candlelit picnic of Chinese takeout next to a blazing fireplace and decorated Christmas tree. The family enjoys the rest of the quiet snowy evening beneath a blanket fort in which they sleep together, cat and dog bundled in as well. The next morning, they and the rest of the community go out to play in the snow. The final spread in the book depicts the family’s cat and dog looking at the happy human tableau, now within the snow globe, which reads “Peace on Earth.” The muted colors, simple, childlike renderings, and happy characters make this book about a snowstorm feel warm and cozy—think hygge in picture-book form. Aside from the star-topped, decorated tree and the “Peace on Earth” message, often associated with Christmas, there are no religious symbols used in the book. The feelings of community and togetherness are palpable.

Publisher's Weekly - Snow Globe Wishes

Gentle rhyming text and naïf illustrations dominated by lovely pale yellow and teal tones are impeccably paired in this heartwarming book….Dealey and Shorrock create a winsome, hopeful portrait of family and community bonds.

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Author: Erin Dealey

Erin Dealey’s original career goal was Olympic Gold Medal tetherball player. When that didn’t pan out, she became a teacher, theater director, playwright, actor, mom, and author. Her Sleeping Bear Press books include Just Flowers, Christmas Ahoy, Snow Globe Wishes (A 2023 Anna Dewdney Read-Together honor book), K is for Kindergarten, and Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas Carol. She lives in northern California with her husband and welcomes any opportunity to connect with young writers & readers around the world. You can find her online at and on social media as @ErinDealey.

Illustrator: Claire Shorrock

Claire Shorrock is a freelance illustrator based in Bristol, where she studied at the University of the West of England, graduating in 2011 with a BA (Hons) in illustration. In 2011 she won the Bristol Short Story Prize cover competition, and received “highly commended” in the Macmillan Prize competition for her picture book Magnus, which was exhibited in the Gallery at Foyles in London. Visit her online at

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