The Snowy Day – 50 Years Later

January 31st, 2012 by melissa g

Published in 1962, The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, was the first children’s book to feature an African American main character.  The story follows Peter as he enjoys a fresh snowfall.  So, what impact did this book have on African American kids back in 1962?  According to the Chicago Tribune, Keats said, at the time, that “It gives them a sense of belonging,”  He continued, “They are in books.” The Snowy Day won The Caldecott Medal in 1963 and and continues to be an influential book to this day.  Check out this discussion of The Snowy Day on The Take Away, a radio talk show.


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