Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 13, 2020

Book Giveaway: RACCOON’S PERFECT SNOWMAN by Katia Wish

Author/illustrator Katia Wish has a new picture book titled, RACCOON’S PERFECT SNOWMAN published by Sleeping Bear Press. The book came out a few weeks ago. Sleeping Bear Press has agreed to share a copy of the book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Katia!


Raccoon loves making snowmen. He practices all winter with his rolling, his stacking, and his decorating. He doesn’t overlook any detail and his snowmen are perfect. When his friends come by, Raccoon is certain that they will also want to build snowmen. And they will need his help. But following Raccoon’s directions aren’t that easy. Poor Rabbit can’t find the right snow (someone has used it all); Fox doesn’t have the right tools (someone isn’t sharing them); and Mouse can’t decorate her snowman (someone has taken the best items). And that someone is Raccoon. When his friends have decided they have had enough, Raccoon realizes too late the error of his ways. But is it too late? Will his friends give Raccoon one more chance to work together to build a totally different kind of perfect snowman? This ideal-for-every-time-of-the-year story celebrates the bonds of friendship and the power of forgiveness.

Inspiration photo

Another inspiration photo

Book Page layout


The journey with RACCOON’S PERFECT SNOWMAN was long and not linear.

It all started with thinking about childhood experiences and what brought me joy. I wrote things down and doodled different scened from my childhood.

Then I focused on memories of building a snowman. It’s such a sensory experience – changing color of the snow in the light, the warmth of the hat, the coldness of the snow, the sounds of the wind, the crunchiness of the snow.

After that came the character – Raccoon. The story wasn’t there just yet. All I had was a character and the feeling of a winter day and all kinds of fun activities you can do on a snowy day.

When you start from a character, it’s really quite a challenging experience. You try different stories on, try different directions. What you are doing at that stage is not developing the story yet, but getting to know your character.

This is something my wonderful agent coached me on through all the years I have worked with him. If the story comes from the character, the character is so strong and so alive and so believable. And it doesn’t matter what kind of story the character will live in, it will still be true and relatable and honest.

So we went through many many many drafts getting closer to the heart of the story. The first 5-7 drafts were not even close to the final book at all. But with each draft the true character was revealed.

It’s an exhausting experience to build stories this way, but it’s worth it. If the story relies on one joke or one trick, it will not have re-readability.

When we were ready to submit, we found a great publisher for the story – Sleeping Bear Press. The editor and the art director there are wonderful. They had even more suggestions and ways to improve the story and the artwork. They came up with the most brilliant solution to the ending of the book. Even though their solution was so obvious and so undeniably best, I didn’t see that solution even through so many drafts of the story. The fresh set of eye does makes such a difference in any kind of creative project or any situation in life!

I am so grateful for all the help and feedback from my critique partners, my agent and the editorial team at Sleeping Bear Press!


Katia Wish is a children’s book author-illustrator based in Boston, MA. She enjoys creating her own stories as well as illustrating manuscripts of other authors.

Katia grew up in Belarus enjoying cloudy, rainy, snowy and occasionally sunny days, playing outdoors, reading books and painting with watercolors. Now she lives in Boston with her family. All of them enjoy having nature adventures in any weather and reading picture books together. Katia prefers solitude when writing books and creating her illustrations in watercolor and pencil in her cozy studio.

Katia is the winner of the 2011 Tomie DePaola Award from SCBWI. In addition to working on children’s books, Katia teaches illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Katia, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I have been watching your career for the last nine years. It is wonderful to see your progress. I have a copy of the book and the artwork is wonderful. Great job! I love the theme of friendship and working together. Good luck with the book!

Katia was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here is the link:

Or visit her on her website:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. this is a darling book, and with such a good lesson!


  2. I met Katia many years ago and am so happy to see her and this wonderful book here. Wishing her the best of success. Thank you, Kathy!


  3. What a charming idea….and I love the illustrations!


  4. What a sweet, adorable book! Congratulations, Katia!


  5. What an adorable story. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the storyboards and reading about the number of steps it took to get to the final draft. This will be wonderful to share with students, especially those that like to be done after the first draft.


  6. Katia, how WONderful! Congrats!!! 😀 ❤ Sharing on Twitter and FB, of course 😀


  7. Happy to learn more about the talented Katia! I had the great pleasure of meeting her last year at NESCBWI and hope to meet her again – she’s so much fun! I suppose I’d have to be careful turning my back on her in the snow though! Haha!


  8. This sounds adorable! Congrats!


  9. Great work Katia! The story makes me think about playing in the snow as a kid and with my own kids. The illustrations are playful and sweet.


  10. This looks like such a sweet book! The illustrations are beautiful! Congratulations!


  11. I’m ready to read a book about snow! And adorable snowmen! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

    Sharing on Twitter. 🙂


  12. Congratulations, Katie! Raccoon is a cutie!


  13. Congratulations on a great book Katia. I can’t wait to share it with my grandchildren!


  14. Since I love snow + raccoons (and all other critters), this is a must-have book; the artwork is so full of personality!


  15. Aww… I love Racoon’s little boots and mittens 🙂


  16. I bet a lot of children will be able to identify with this story! (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)


  17. Congrats, Katia! I RTed this and I’m subscribed to the blog.


  18. This book looks delightful. Retweeted this and am a subscriber.


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