We’ve asked some very recognizable Keats lovers for their memories of growing up
with this childhood classic. Here, Ben Stiller on snow days in New York City.

Growing up in New York in the 1970s, snow was magical. When it came, the city shut down. It became quiet and beautiful. And most of all, No School! For me, reading The Snowy Day as a kid on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, there was an innate connection to Peter in his iconic orange snowsuit, his mom getting him ready for bed, and the impermanence of the snowball he kept in his pocket. All of these images stuck with me my whole life. Keats captured the timelessness of childhood, the way a child makes even an urban landscape into his playground. And mostly the giddy anticipation we all had as kids of hoping that it would snow that night, and what the morning would bring.


 

 

 

The Snowy Day

…& Other Keats Favorites

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

 

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

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Marisabina Russo, children’s book
author-illustrator:
On Jennie’s Hat

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Pat Cummings,
children’s book
author-illustrator:
On A Letter to Amy

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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
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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

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

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Dr. Rodney Bennett,
President, University of Southern Mississippi:
On Peter’s Chair
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Al Roker,
co-host,
NBC’s Today show:
On recognizing Peter

 

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Floyd Cooper,
children’s book
author-illustrator:
On Ezra’s impact

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

Professor Emeritus
of Chemistry at
New York University:

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