The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Jack KeatsThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Jack Keats

The Snowy Day

byEzra Jack Jack Keats

Paperback | January 1, 1976

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Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

"Keats's sparse collage illustrations capture the wonder and beauty a snowy day can bring to a small child."—Barnes & Noble

"Ezra Jack Keats's classic The Snowy Day, winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, pays homage to the wonder and pure pleasure a child experiences when the world is blanketed in snow."—Publisher's Weekly

"The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as a trailblazer. According to Horn Book magazine, The Snowy Day was "the very first full-color picture book to feature a small black hero"—yet another reason to add this classic to your shelves. It's as unique and special as a snowflake."—


Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most i...
Title:The Snowy DayFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:40 pages, 8.88 × 7.5 × 0.16 inShipping dimensions:8.88 × 7.5 × 0.16 inPublished:January 1, 1976Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140501827

ISBN - 13:9780140501827


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Classic I remember this book from when I was little, and my toddler enjoys it now. I love that it's set in an urban landscape and the little boy, Peter, lives in an apartment, not a house like most books. It captures the essence of winter nicely. I've given it several times as a gift too, and it's always a hit.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Snowy Day Board Book I love that this story is in the board book format for toddlers! It is a popular one for my grandson.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A family favourite Beautiful illustrations and a sweet story. A childhood favourite of mine and now a favourite of my children. Overall, a lovely book!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An all time favourite I get lost in the illustrations; akes me actually like the idea of winter.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from long lost treasure when i saw this pop up under bargain books for children, i immediately snatched it up! this is a long lost treasure i had totally forgot about when i was growing up. i'm so glad i found it, will definitely be sharing this with my children for years! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting This book is enchanting. If your child is hesitant to play outside in the snow, this book will make then want to!
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it as a child, still love it! This book is part of our library at home!!
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful imagery. I remember this book from when I was a child, I just love it, and I cannot wait to read it to my children.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Love reading this book to my 3 year old, and she wants to read it daily! Captivating!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic for a reason Loved this book as a child and when i fell upon it again as an adult I got the same warm feeling i had when i first read this. Couldn't resist and bought it for my own little toddler to enjoy! Classics are classics for a reason!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well illustrated The illustrations and story are as fresh and timely as they were in the 60's. The fact that this book helped break the "colour barrier" for kids' books is a cool plus as well. A great go-to gift for toddlers.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I remember this book from my childhood and I still find the illustrations (although simple) to be incredibly beautiful. The images are still imprinted in my mind decades later.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a classic! My parents read this to me when I was a child, and my kids love this book too! The gorgeous illustrations make it visually appealing as well. A simple story about a boy named Peter exploring his neighbourhood after the first snowfall of the season.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming Beautiful retro images and a timeless story
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cute! The innocence of the narrator is sweet and genuine. Perfect book for young ones (6 and under), especially during a first snowfall day.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cute The innocence of the narrator is sweet and genuine. Perfect book for young ones (6 and under), especially during a first snowfall day.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from charming My 5 year old son loves this story. It is simple and charming.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the snowy day a beautiful book, simple in words and illustrations that open the way for discussion at the child's level.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let it snow When "The Snowy Day" first came out, it was considered groundbreaking. Unprecedented. Here, at last, was a picture book in which the protagonist is black. It's not an overtly political book, mind you. Just a nice story about a kid in the city playing in the snow. Having heard about this story for a long time, I decided now was the moment to see how well this book has stood up over time. Ezra Jack Keats has long passed from idle picture book author to a somewhat god-like figure of the children's book world, so does this early work stand out even today? If it was introduced for the first time now, would it be considered as good as it is? Yes and no. The book is both a fabulous creation, and a very simple, very normal, tale that everyone on one level or another is familiar with. In this book, Peter wakes up to discover that snow has covered the city in the night. Delighted, he pulls on his bright red (and now world known) snowsuit and plunges into a day of exploring and playing. He makes fun tracks, and hits snow off the branches of trees. He constructs a smiling snowman and slides down steep mountains of snow. At the end of the day his mother gets him out of his wet clothes and gives him a nice hot bath. The next morning the snow is still there, and an ecstatic Peter calls up a friend to do the whole day over again. When I was a child I loved (and still do) stories that took place in the big cities. Keats never draws an inordinate amount of attention to Peter's surroundings. So while you won't see skyscrapers or taxi cabs, there's a distinctly urban feel to the lay of the land. The text is nice and easy for the youngsters to understand. As for the cut-outs, they're a delight to look at. Picture books featuring cut-outs may be remembered best as belonging to such artists as Eric Carle or Leo Lionni, but I consider Mr. Keats to be the granddaddy of the art form. Aside from the beauty of the landscaping in this pictures, I loved the papers used in the book. The section in which Peter sits on the snow, a snowball embedded on his chest, the black sky is a-swirl in greens, blues, and browns. When Peter slides down a snow covered embankment, the sky is then a delightful twisty series of white smoke-like curlicues. And Peter's home itself is eloquently rendered. From the wrought iron bed frame to the multicolored wallpaper and tiles that enhance the setting, the book is the best possible combination of elegance and realism. If it came out today, "Snowy Day" wouldn't garner an overly enthusiastic response from publishers and critics. Which isn't to say that it's unworthy of the praise already received. As I've tried to show, the book is a wonderful amalgamation of text, pattern, and emotion. One of the finest books written for children, and a great evocative story.
Date published: 2009-10-23

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. The magic of waking up on the first morning of a heavy winter snowfall is the wonder of a familiar landscape transformed into a sparkling fairyland. For the little boy in Ezra Jack Keats' extraordinary contribution to contemporary children's picture books, it's the delightful chance to explore his little urban world in a series of enchanting adventures. A marvellous collage of cutouts and watercolours, The Snowy Day offers a rare type of artistry for a picture book, beautifully combined with a tranquil tone children love. As he dons his red winter garments and sets off to explore his freshly altered environment, the little boy enjoys such simple explorations as making footprints, creating snow angels and carefully saving a snowball for the next day. A 1963 Caldecott Honor Book and a perennial favourite, The Snowy Day remains a magical tribute to the beauty of winter.