For chef, author and entrepreneur Mario Batali, it’s not just about the food. In his work to improve kids’ lives, he says, The Snowy Day is a “tool for change.”


In all of my charitable work, I aim to educate and empower children. To supply them with the necessary tools to become active forces for change in today’s world. There are few tools for change comparable to The Snowy Day. Keats’s manuscript and illustrations are simultaneously topical and timeless.






Shawna Hamilton Doster, at right, Executive Director of Books for Kids, says: “When Books for Kids and the Mario Batali Foundation built a library together for low-income preschoolers on the Lower East Side of New York City, we made certain that the book collection included The Snowy Day. This beautiful, classic and timeless book is one which any child can relate to regardless of their life circumstances. For the children we serve, this book helps create a sense of belonging and magic in the world in which they live.”






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