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A Day for Skating

Written by Sarah Sullivan and illustrated by Madeline Valentine
Published by Candlewick Press
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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In a sweet rhyming tale, a young child’s first skating adventure on a frozen pond ends with a cozy bedtime story. Tap and step, then slide and turn. Whoops! Fall down. That’s how we learn. On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold. Back at home, warm bedtime rituals make for the end of a perfect day. But when darkness falls at the pond, who will come out to skate?

What Kind of Book is A Day for Skating


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  • Take a look at the endpapers. How do they add to the story?
  • Skating is a classic winter activity for some families. Have you been skating before? Do you want to try it? What are some winter activities your family enjoys together?

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Who Wrote A Day for Skating

Sarah Sullivan

Sarah Sullivan is the author of the picture books Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, illustrated by Paul Meisel, and Passing the Music Down, illustrated by Barry Root, as well as the novel All That’s Missing. Sarah Sullivan has an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Who Illustrated A Day for Skating

Madeline Valentine

Madeline Valentine grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2007. She has illustrated five children’s books, including Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer. She is also the author-illustrator of George in the Dark and The Bad Birthday Idea. She currently lives in Queens. Visit her online at

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What Has Sarah Sullivan Said About This Book

  • A note from Sarah about A Day of Skating

    When I was a child growing up in Colorado, my dad used to take me skating on a neighborhood pond that was a short walk from our house. I still love ice-skating, indoors or out, and warming up afterward with a hot cup of tea.

What Has Madeline Valentine Said About This Book

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Sarah Sullivan's Book Dedication

To Hilary, for steering me around bumps on the ice, and for my father, who took me skating.

Madeline Valentine's Book Dedication

For my nephew Wallace (Wallum the Cutest Bean) Holofcencer.

What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • The School Library Journal

    The cadence and presentation of this story are ideally suited to bedtime reading. Short, rhyming phrases pair beautifully with the artwork…Readers of all ages will enjoy the quiet calm that descends upon them while sharing this story as they, too, wind down from a day of winter fun.

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Book Details

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Publication Date:
November 5, 2019
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Adobe Caslon Semibold.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were created digitally and using watercolor and colored pencil.