Forever Young

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In 1962, The Snowy Day was revolutionary, ushering in an era of cultural and artistic change in children’s books still apparent today. Its vibrant colors, cut-paper collages and graphic style brilliantly convey the sensations felt by young children. That Peter, the central character, was African-American and living in a crowded city offered an experience that was new to children’s books, yet familiar to any child who has ever played in the snow. Ezra Jack Keats had a way of seeing through a child’s eyes, enchanting readers the world over with a gentle tale as fresh today as it was more than 50 years ago.

Peter on Parade

The honorary “Christmas Mother” and her “elves” rode an eye-catching float in the Richmond, Virginia, Christmas Parade: To spread its literacy message, the trolley was decked out in artwork from The Snowy Day!

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From left: Meg Medina, 2011 EJK New Writer, and Maya Smart, 2014 Christmas Mother; and the float, back and front.

Let’s Play!

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A favorite book…a beatbox read-aloud…an exhilarating game…and a host of Snowy Day activities. Sounds like fun! Read more

Mini-Grants to the Max

A First Grade’s Snowy Day
In 2000, first-graders in Westchester County, New York, created their own Snowy Day online with the help of an EJK Mini-Grant. It became a yearly event. Read more

 

 

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Snow Way, Math & Science Are Awesome!
A Virginia school used an EJK Mini-Grant to create a new, interdisciplinary third-grade curriculum, anchored by The Snowy Day. Snow way! Read more

Everyone Loves The Snowy Day

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A video of dads and daughters bonding over The Snowy Day.
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Professor Ben Railton blogs about The Snowy Day and Ezra’s life and times. Read more

 


Shopping Guide

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Dolls, books and DVDs—there’s a wealth of Keats-related items to choose from. Go

Quotable Notables

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Find out what these bold-facers have to say about their favorite children’s book. Read More

Wow, You Don’t Look 50!

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The 50th anniversary of The Snowy Day was celebrated around the U.S. and abroad, with concerts, festivals and more.
The anniversary made headlines, as major media outlets reported on Ezra’s enduring impact and influence.

The Inspiration

“Years ago, long before I ever thought of doing children’s books, while looking through a magazine I came upon four candid photos of a little boy about three or four years old. His expressive face, his body attitudes, the very way he wore his clothes, totally captivated me. I clipped the strip of photos and stuck it on my studio wall….
“I can honestly say that Peter came into being because we wanted him; and I hope that, as the Scriptures say, ‘a little child shall lead them,’ and that he will show in his own way the wisdom of a pure heart.”
caldecott-medal—From Ezras Caldecott Award acceptance speech, 1963

 

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