You’re Snug With Me

Poonam Mistry

At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north.

“Mama, what lies beyond here?” they ask their mother.

“‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.”

“What lies beyond the ice and snow?” they ask.

“Beyond the snow is the ocean, full of ice from long ago.”

And as the earth dances on her toes and the nights get longer, the little bear cubs learn from their mother the secrets of the earth and their place in it, while their Mama whispers, “You’re snug with me”.

From the acclaimed picture-book partnership of Poonam Mistry and Chitra Soundar, comes You’re Snug With Me, a lyrical bedtime tale with charming illustrations.

Their previous book, You’re Safe With Me (Lantana, 2018), was selected as Children’s Book of the Month by the Guardian, and was featured by The Bookseller in their Children’s Previews by editor Fiona Noble.

Chosen as one of Kirkus Reviews’ six best picture books of 2018.


Soundar’s subtle but resonant pro-conservation message, interwoven with lulling refrains, is emphasised by Mistry’s blazing mandala-patterned illustrations.

The Guardian
The Guardian

Brilliant snowflake mandalas and intricate geometric designs create a magical arctic landscape as Mama Bear guides her new cubs through the natural wonders of the changing seasons, cautioning and reassuring while keeping them warm and snug by her side.

Foreword, starred review
Foreword , starred review

Parental love, sound ecological advice, and breathtaking illustrations all in one.

Kirkus, starred review
Kirkus , starred review


Picture book

UK Publication

Lantana, November 2018

US Publication

Lantana, October 2018

Rights Sales

World: Lantana Publishing