The Snowy Day

The First Black Protagonist in a Children’s Book Coming to a Post Office Near You

Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved children’s book The Snowy Day is being honored by the United States Postal Service with its own line of Forever stamps. 

 

The Snowy Day Forever stamps

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The Snowy Day tells the story of Peter, a young child who spends his day playing in the snow. Published in 1962, this groundbreaking book was the first American children’s book to feature a black protagonist.

 

The four stamp series will debut on October 4th, featuring iconic imagery from the book: Peter forming a snowball, Peter sliding down a mountain of snow, Peter making a snow angel, and Peter leaving footprints in the snow.

 

Last year, Amazon Prime turned the book into a forty minute Christmas Special. Writers built upon Keats’ commitment to scenery from life in a multicultural city, expanding the tale to Peter’s trip to his Nana’s house for Christmas Eve mac-and-cheese. Make sure to add it to your list of Christmas movies to watch!

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