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Zoe's Year

illustrated by Barbara Reid

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Feb 2012
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Feb 2012
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  • Age: 0
  • Grade: 1



Join Zoe and her parents in a celebration of the seasons and all that they have to offer!

In this charming board book bindup, Barbara Reid's four book cycle starring the curious and mischievous Zoe — Zoe's Rainy Day, Zoe's Sunny Day, Zoe's Windy Day and Zoe's Snow Day — are combined to take a toddler through all four seasons of the year!

Zoe loves exploring her neighbourhood, whether it's a windy day, a sunny day, a rainy day or a snowy day. Every season brings a new adventure! Spring is the perfect time to splash in puddles. A picnic in the park is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Chasing colourful leaves and swinging into the wind are so much fun on an autumn day. And winter has its own treats in store: catching snowflakes on your tongue, taking a sled ride and watching the skaters on the ice.

Best of all, no matter what the day brings, Zoe can always count on kitty and her stuffed monkey to welcome her home.

Brief, bouncy text accompanies Barbara Reid's bright Plasticine illustrations, which show all the familiar sights around the neighbourhood in wonderful, three-dimensional detail.

This series was the recipient of the Mr Christie's Book Award, making this bind-up a must-have for every baby's bookshelf!


About the author


Barbara Reid réalise des illustrations avec de la pâte à modeler pour ensuite laisser le soin à son conjoint, Ian Chrisler de les photographier. Barbara a signé plusieurs livres à titre d'auteure malgré qu'elle avoue ne pas éprouver autant de plaisir à écrire une histoire qu'à l'illustrer. Elle a gagné plusieurs prix dont le prix du Gouverneur général et en 2014, le prix Libris dans la catégorie album illustré. Elle est aussi membre de l'Ordre de l'Ontario et de l'Ordre du Canada. Barbara vit à Toronto.


BARBARA REID is one of Canada’s most renowned creators of picture books, including Picture the Sky (Imagine le ciel), Picture a Tree, Perfect Snow and The Party. Her vibrant dimensional illustrations make her work a favourite around the world, and she has received many honours and awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and CBC’s Fan Choice Award. In 2013, Barbara was made a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the Canadian children’s literature community. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, photographer Ian Crysler. Visit her at


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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Zoe's Year

"Reid's attention to detail ensures that even for adult viewers, there's always something new to notice. A Canadian classic." —The Toronto Star

"A visual and tactile feast, Zoe's Year has simple text and detailed illustrations. That means there's a lot to explore and learn about the delights that each season holds." —The Halifax Chronicle Herald

"Even though some two decades have passed since Zoe first was introduced to toddlers, she and her seasonal activities are still engaging—Zoe's Year is a must-have for home collections as well as any libraries serving the toddler set." —CM Magazine

"My son loved the illustrations. He kept trying to grab them. I think they looked more real than a normal drawing. They really caught his attention." —Canadian Family

Librarian Reviews

Zoe’s Year

Zoe is full of curiosity as she explores the neighbourhood throughout the year. Her adventures include splashing through puddles in the spring, picnicking on a summer afternoon, chasing colourful leaves on an autumn day and catching snowflakes in the winter. Originally published as four separate board books — Zoe’s Rainy Day, Zoe’s Sunny Day, Zoe’s Windy Day and Zoe’s Snowy Day — in 2001, by Scholastic Canada (all Our Choice 2003 selections).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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