A Day For Sandcastles

A Day For Sandcastles is a masterpiece without words and a must have this summer! – Momma Braga


A dazzling wordless picture book celebrates problem-solving, teamwork, and the sun-splashed wonder of a day at the beach.

The creators of the acclaimed Over the Shop evoke a perfect summer beach day – and themes of creativity, cooperation, flexibility, and persistence – all without a word in this sun-warmed, salt-stained delight of a story.

A busload of beachgoers spills out onto the sand for a day of fun and frolic. Three siblings begin work on a castle, patting and shaping the sand as the sun arcs over the sky. Time and again, their progress is halted: a windswept hat topples their creation; a toddler ambles through it; the tide creeps close, and then too close. Meeting each demolition with fresh determination, the builders outdo themselves time and again, until the moment arrives to pile back into the bus for home. An authentic portrait of sibling cooperation – and glorious inspiration for creative people of all ages – A Day for Sandcastles channels the thrill of surrendering expectations on the path to infinite possibility.


A Day for Sandcastles is a brilliant children’s book that tells a beautiful story without a single word. It inspired the possibilities that can happen on a Family Beach Day and it will have everyone in the family taking out their buckets!

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 sandcastles out of 5! A Day for Sandcastles is a masterpiece without words and the must have book for the summer. We loved being able to use the illustrations to tell the story the way we creatively saw. It allowed Nikki to really immerse herself in the story and use her own words to tell me the story. As a parent that made me feel great! Just an absolute breathtaking book from start to finish!

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About the Author and Illustrator

JonArno Lawson is an award-winning poet and writer who is the author of many books for children and adults, including Over the Shop, illustrated by Qin Leng. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Qin Leng is a designer and illustrator of books for young people, including Over the Shop by JonAro Lawson. She has received numerous awards for her animated short films and artwork. Qin Leng lives in Toronto with her family.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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