Author Interview: Nancy Hartry

Hartry and Mr. Alex take a close look at her newest Picture Book, Snow Doves, a WORDLESS book for children.

This in-depth interview goes over the advantages of a wordless picture book in promoting reading comprehension, vocabulary development and the development of social/emotional skills 4-8 year olds. The interview also discusses the process undertaken by Hartry in developing the book and getting it to publication; as well as her collaboration with the illustrator.

Snow Doves

Sami has just arrived in a new country. The snow piled up outside his window is a mysterious and, frankly, cold surprise! Joy, his new neighbor, does not speak his language, but that does not stop them from communicating as Joy helps Sami overcome his fears. The two new friends get bundled up against the cold, and Sami discovers the magic of playing outside on a snowy day. As the sun begins to set on a near-perfect day, Sami and Joy make angels in the snow that transform into doves and fly away, a magical ending to a wordless story of friendship and peace.

Second Story Press

Nancy Hartry is the author of two picture books, Hold On, McGinty! and Jocelyn and the Ballerina. Nancy finds inspiration for her stories in the antics of her children and her larger family. Watching Jimmy grew from her short story “Thunderbird Swing,” which appeared in Secrets, published by Tundra Books. Watching Jimmy won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, and the Ontario Library Association’s Golden Oak Award. When Nancy is not writing stories, she works as a lawyer. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

This contest has ended.
Winner will be posted on Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

Leave a Reply