The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats: read all about it!

One of the best illustrated children’s books

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is one of those books that NEEDS to be in everyone’s library. Keats was one of the first writers and illustrators to feature a young black boy as the main character of his book. After looking at a photograph of a little black boy the idea hit Keats; Peter would be the center of his story: “My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along.” 

Why representation matters in education

Imagine never seeing a child that looks like you, acts like you or represents you. Representation is key because it allows EVERYONE to be seen. It allows us as humans to feel noticed and not isolated. Representation matters, but also PROPER REPRESENTATION is the key. When filling up your home library or school library it is important to make sure that every child can open a book on the shelf and see themselves in the story and illustrations. In 2022, the list of books that have proper representation is never ending. 

A journey picture book

Peter, the adorable main character ventures out on a journey in his snowsuit to explore his surroundings on a snowy day. Through poetic alliteration, onomatopia and descriptive language we become immersed in Peter’s journey. The illustrations done by Keats are contemporary pieces of work that provide you with the details that perfectly tell the story. 

Peter, the main character of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The first author to make the main character a young black boy. This is proper representation.

Reading picture books with children

Whether you read with you child at night or during the day you are creating a meaningful and powerful bond. Reading together not only stimulates the imagination but it helps to expand one’s understanding of the world. Story time is a great way to encourage communication and non-structured conversations. 

Candice and her son enjoying some time together reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
Candice and her son enjoying some quality time together! Follow her on social media for amazing activities @teachercandicenyc

Go on a winter journey together 

As the snow falls during the winter, consider reading this story to your little one. Then, put on your snow suits and venture out into the white winter wonderland. What will you experience on your winter journey? 

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