When the Fog Rolls In

Well, I seem to be following Pat’s post with another grief book recommendation. Could it be that we (as adults and readers) feel we might be needing these right now?

Pam Fong’s gorgeous new picture book WHEN THE FOG ROLLS IN is a story about grief, sadness, hardship, loss, and draws the metaphor that sometimes we can’t see our way through the fog surrounding us. But, what I most enjoyed about this book for little ones (and big ones, too) is the encouragement to move forward through the fog. To look very, very closely and things will become clearer.

This moving narrative is delivered alongside an adorable little puffin. Adding sweetness and a little pop of color to such a big emotional tale.

This is the perfect book to open conversations about feeling lost and overwhelmed. In other words, a bit of what we could all use in these foggy times.

Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Jennifer is the illustrator and author of several acclaimed picture books. Most recently is Always by My Side, 'A Stuffie Story', which she wrote and illustrated. She also is both the author and illustrator of Playing Possum, and Blue Ethel. Jennifer illustrated Gondra’s Treasure, written by Newbery award winner Linda Sue Park. As well as, Sometimes You Fly, by Newbery medalist, Katherine Applegate. She illustrated Yaks Yak, Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park, The Inventor's Secret, What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford, by Suzanne Slade, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons, by Alice B. McGinty, and The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kurtz.


  1. Everything about this book is perfect – from the hopeful words to the adorable puffins!

  2. An adorable approach to a tough subject.

  3. Gorgeous illustrations (puffin fan here!)

  4. Ah yes, we need these books today. Gorgeous book! Thank you Jennifer. I tried to leave a comment on Pat’s but I couldn’t. Such an insightful interview. Hope this goes through.

  5. Thank you for this beautiful story and the illustrations. I visited Skomer Island in Wales this summer specifically to see the puffins. They aready owned a piced of my heart, and you have given me a book to deepen that relationship.

  6. Looking forward to reading this whole book – so touching.

  7. This book is so gorgeous, it gave me the chills.

  8. I want to read this!

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