“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.” —From Ezra’s Caldecott Award acceptance speech, 1963 Full text of the speech
We started the anniversary year, 2012, at the Jewish Museum’s amazing exhibition, “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” which moved on to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, and other museums. We celebrated a “Snowy Day in May,” at the Brooklyn Public Library.
The Brooklyn Public Library held an outdoor festival, “Snowy Day in May,” featuring readings, performances, face painting, games—and cotton snow.
World of Wonder
Peter has friends all over the world, as shown here, in 2012. Left, Peter poses in Morocco with smiling friends. Center, children in remote Makuleke Village, South Africa, are new fans of The Snowy Day. Right,
On Read for the Record day, October 7, 2010, over two million adults and kids around the world read The Snowy Day to promote early literacy. Here are highlights of the memorable event: