It’s fitting that a future weatherman would love The Snowy Day, but that’s not why Keats’s book had such an impact on young Al Roker. Ezra intended that all children should be able to see themselves in the pages of his books. And that’s a moment the co-host of NBC’s Today show recalls vividly.


I remember reading this book to my baby sister thinking, ‘Here’s a kid who looks like me.’ On so many levels, this is such a groundbreaking piece of literature and artwork.








The Snowy Day

…& Other Keats Favorites


Ben Stiller,
actor, writer, director:
On snow days
in New York



Whoopi Goldberg,
comedian, actor, talk show host:
On a family favorite

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Marisabina Russo, children’s book
On Jennie’s Hat

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Pat Cummings,
children’s book
On A Letter to Amy

Dana Tyler of WCBS TV-2 New York

Dana Tyler,
CBS 2 news anchor, reporter:
On creating new experiences for kids


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Mario Batali,
chef, author, entrepreneur:
On building a better
world for kids

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Lee Bennett Hopkins
poet, author, anthologist:
On Dreams

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Linda E. Johnson,
President, Brooklyn Public Library:
On why Keats matters

Roscoe Orman,
actor on “Sesame Street”:
On the magic of
Ezra’s vision


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John Hodgman,
author, actor, humorist:
On Keats’s artistry


Tony Marx,
President, New York
Public Library:
On Whistle for Willie


Dr. Rodney Bennett,
President, University of Southern Mississippi:
On Peter’s Chair

Al Roker,
NBC’s Today show:
On recognizing Peter


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Floyd Cooper,
children’s book
On Ezra’s impact


Nina Crews,
children’s book
On Over in the Meadow
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Dr. Martin Pope,

Professor Emeritus
of Chemistry at
New York University:

On Louie


Simms Taback,
children’s book author-illustrator:
On Ezra’s creative process