January 2012 Featured Article

Celebrating The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats



It’s time to turn our view to the future and get used to writing 2012; so what better way to start off the new year than by taking a look at a favorite classic children’s book?  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is 50 years old this year!  And while we do love the snow, we love books about snow even more!

Here’s the publisher’s info:

The Snowy Day
Viking, 1962

In this Caldecott Award-winning book, a small boy named Peter experiences the joy of a snowy day.  First published in 1962, this now-classic book broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s publishing.  The vivid and ageless illustrations and text, beloved by several generations of readers, have eared a place in the pantheon of great American children’s literature.

If you think that’s impressive, take a look at all of the author’s 26 other titles–many of which have received other awards and are still in print decades later.  Many books also feature Peter as he grows from a young boy to an adolescent.  This groundbreaking author and illustrator is as popular today as he was 50 years ago.

Be sure to join us on Saturday, January 28th at 1 pm for a special storytime with Miss Mary all about snowy days, featuring … The Snowy Day (of course!).  Like Peter, we hope you enjoy your own snowy days in the weeks and months to come.  And if you want to find more classic children’s books, just ask.  We can point you in the right direction!

Find The Snowy Day in our catalog.  See The Snowy Day on DVD, along with other 6 other titles by Ezra Jack Keats.

And take a look at these other great books about snow.


The Snowy Day collage


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