Nothing Ever Happens on a Gray Day (Hardcover)
With fantastic bursts of color and lyricism, Grant Snider explores the extraordinary within the ordinary in this ode to seemingly boring days and the wonders that emerge for anyone open to seeing them.
The sky is gloomy and the world feels like it’s asleep . . . but perhaps all that’s required for adventure is a bit of curiosity and patience. After all, an everyday stroll can become an adventure in the blink of an eye.
On a day when even the rain is too bored to fall, ride alongside a girl on her rickety bicycle through the familiar scenes of her neighborhood as she rediscovers the colors—a splash of yellow, a flash of red, a flutter of blue—that can be found even when all seems monochrome. In this artful picture book that celebrates do-nothing days and solitary adventures, readers learn how embracing quiet stillness with openness and curiosity can make space for unexpected encounters, meaningful detours, and some of life’s most unforgettable moments. With luminous illustrations that practically glow on the page, Grant Snider takes readers on a visual journey they'll want to return to again and again.
TEACHING MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS: Grant Snider’s luminous illustrations will captivate even the most restless young readers, while the story subtly teaches the benefits of patience, silent observation, and mindful awareness.
CONNECTING WITH NATURE: Both art and story will inspire children to approach nature with reverence and wonder, explore the outdoors, and learn more about their local environment.
OVERCOMING BOREDOM: Themes of childhood boredom and loneliness are addressed in a gentle and heartfelt way, encouraging a spirit of exploration, curiosity, and connection with the natural world.
RAINY DAY LOVERS: For those who appreciate the coziness and comfort of a rainy day, this book is a must-have.
STORYTIME READ-ALOUD: The gentle pace and lilting rhythm make this a soothing read for storytime at home, at school, or in a library.
- Parents and grandparents of introspective, introverted, or independent daydreamers
- Readers who enjoy kids adventure stories and books about nature
- Families and classrooms seeking a great read-aloud book
- Fans of Grant Snider's previous titles, including What Color Is Night?, What Sound Is Morning?, and There Is a Rainbow
About the Author
Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day, finding hidden hours to write, draw, and create cartoons and picture books, including What Color Is Night?, What Sound Is Morning?, and One Boy Watching. He grew up riding his bike around town with his twin brother, exploring the creeks and parks of Derby, Kansas. Today he loves finding hidden trails and green spaces in Wichita, Kansas, where he lives with his family.
“Quietly contemplative and thoroughly lovely” — Kirkus Reviews
“After an encounter with the natural world interrupts the monotony, those same hues jump out of the landscape in this vivid tracing of interior transformation.” —Publishers Weekly
“The poetic way Snider tells the story complements the beauty of the drawings on each page.” — School Library Journal
“Snider paints a relatable picture and leaves readers with a message: when everything seems gray, it’s up to you to search for color.” — Horn Book Magazine