Ezra Jack Keats…
crossed social boundaries by breaking the color barrier in mainstream children’s literature. With his 1962 classic The Snowy Day, Keats portrayed a children’s world of tenements and empty lots as a backdrop for games, dilemmas and friendships; and the happiness, loneliness, fear, and courage that children experience the world over. He believed strongly that children of color should see themselves as heroes in picture books and that all readers should see characters of different ethnic backgrounds living and learning the same way they do.
The Snowy Day, featuring Peter, was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1963, the most distinguished honor available for illustrated children’s literature at the time.
Peter appears in six more books:
Whistle for Willie
A Letter for Amy
growing from a small boy in The Snowy Day to adolescence in Pet Show!
January is Snowy Day Month