Sometimes in publishing, stories come together in ways that one could never have imagined. A year ago, the first issue of OutlooK-12 magazine premiered. From the beginning, we had a School Library section, and the very first book we reviewed was Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.” Now, with our magazine celebrating it’s first birthday and with the Ezra Jack Keats’ Foundation celebrating what would have been Keats’ hundredth birthday, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to Keats’ timeless children’s books. We would like to thank the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for the book summaries, fun facts and cover images. To learn more about the foundation’s ongoing activities and events in honor of Keats’ birthday, visit http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/
“The Snowy Day”
1962 - ISBN: 978-0140501827
In this Caldecott Award-winning book, a small boy named Peter experiences the joy of a snowy day. First published in 1962, this now-classic book broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s publishing. The vivid and ageless illustrations and text, beloved by several generations of readers, have earned a place in the pantheon of great American children’s literature.
Fun Fact: In “The Snowy Day,” Ezra created a visual language to convey a young child’s sensations with his inventive use of color, pattern and materials. He had never used collage before he made it famous as an illustration technique. He created a shadowy background by dipping a toothbrush in ink and spattering it across white paper.