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The Snowy Day

Written & illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
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Celebrate a major anniversary of a true classic!

In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of readers. The Snowy Day transformed children’s literature with its pioneering portrayal of an African-American child and the charming story and artwork that won it the Caldecott Medal. Fifty years later, Viking proudly celebrates Peter’s adventure in this very special edition. Featuring eight pages of bonus material and a festive cover, this oversized edition of Keats’s beloved book is a must-have.

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  • “One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.”

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Who Wrote The Snowy Day

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Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats (, who died in 1983, was one of the first people to create a realistic, friendly, multi-ethnic urban setting in picture books for young children. His legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter - the star of <i>The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles</i>, and others.

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  • The New York Public Library’s most checked-out book of all time

    In 2020, the New York Public Library released a list of the top ten books checked out from the library over the previous 125 years. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats was number one on the list.

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