The Snowy Day
Author/Illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats
Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Year: 1962
Brief Summary: Peter wakes up to a world transformed by new snow and spends the day walking, making tracks, getting into snowball fights, making snowmen and angels, and pretending to climb a snow mountain.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1963 Winner United States
- Educators’ Top 100 Children’s Books, 2007 ; NEA Survey
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- Suggested Books for the Boys and Girls Club of America List, 2001 ; ALSC American Library Association
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- What do you like to do on a snowy day?
- Art: Draw a snowy winter scene on blue construction paper with shaving cream mixed with glue. Or draw the scene with white crayon, and draw Peter (or yourself) in the scene. What is Peter doing in the scene?
- Have kids make “snow”men or other creatures out of white magic foam or modeling clay.
- Science: How does snow form? Discuss water cycle. Did you know that each snowflake looks different? Make your own snowflakes by cutting notches out of a folded piece of paper.
- On one of the pages, Peter is “crunching” through the snow. What are some sounds you might hear on other pages?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Science – snow, water cycle, snowflakes
- Art connections
- Language art — sound words
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Tips for preschoolers are included in the book.
Accessed at: Personal Library