Author, actor and humorist John Hodgman brings his brilliant sense of the ridiculous to a multitude of subjects in his books, podcasts and appearances on radio and TV. The Snowy Day is a topic he takes seriously.



Keats is astonishing for several reasons. One, he was not a television personality (remember when you didn’t have to be one to write a childrens book?). Two, because it never occurred to him to teach a contrived lesson, and certainly not to sell a product or tie-in to a movie. Rather, he did what very few can: quietly and intimately engage with the way children experience the world—the small excitements, the tiny heartbreaks, the bright newness of all five senses, and the unparalleled elation of snow on a school day.

“It’s historically interesting, I suppose, that Peter is a black kid in Brooklyn during a time when that world was as alien as Narnia in most (lesser) childrens literature; but what makes it revolutionary is that you dont even notice: any child sees that boy and knows that his world is theirs too. And finally, he just made beautiful books that you never want to stop reading and looking at, which is the most elusive skill of all.






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