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The Children's Book Podcast

Dec 22, 2020

Cathy Camper shares TEN WAYS TO HEAR SNOW, her debut picture book illustrated by Kenard Pak. A child named Lina heads out across a newly snow-laden neighborhood to visit her grandmother at an assisted living home and notes the sounds of snow along the way. Lina prepares grape leaves with her grandmother, as is a tradition and bond in their relationship, but her grandmother is also losing her eyesight, and so the child wants to make sure she collects as much of the snow through memory or experience as she can. Cathy’s best known for her LOWRIDERS graphic novel series. In her debut picture book, she attempts to capture the feeling that perhaps you have experienced too, of waking up in the morning and seeing that the whole world has changed. Cathy also wanted to tie her Arab-American and midwest roots into this story, centering Arab-American kids just doing regular stuff, but also in a very deliberate setting of a midwest neighborhood as a means of breaking stereotypes for readers who may have a different idea in their head when they consider stories of Arab-Americans. This is definitely one to make sure you don’t miss. You can access even more information about this book and its author by visiting Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store. Support us on Patreon at or on Paypal at --- Send in a voice message: