As part of a month-long challenge in stamina, I am joining some other rocking bloggers in following prompts from #reverbbroads11. Today, I get to respond to my own prompt suggestion of: What is your favorite children’s book?
Ok, so I cheated and knew which book I was going to choose to answer my own prompt. And despite my rampant affinity to children’s books, especially as I discover new ones with my girls, I would always, always be drawn back to The Snowy Day. I had several of Ezra Jack Keats books as a kid. I strongly recommend Whistle for Willie, which is my 3 year-old’s current favorite.
I can’t tell you why I love Snowy Day so much. Perhaps because I really have always loved snow, especially as a kid growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Perhaps because I, like so many other kids, did try to save a snowball as a child. Perhaps because these were really the only books in the late 70s which had characters that looked like my cousins. Perhaps it is because I remember my mom being so animated when she read it to me, just as I am overly animated when I read it to my girls.
Whatever the reason, I love this book. I quote lines in my head when playing the snow with my girls. I have walked with my toes pointed out like this, and I have walked with my toes in like that.
Everything is so incredibly simple in this book. It’s what childhood should be, and I love taking that journey with little Peter.
I have my youngest daughters room decorated with quotes from Where the Wild Things Are, The Lorax, and Goodnight Moon. I love all of those books. But I am most excited when she asks me to read The Snowy Day.
Feel free to read along, and find a good stick for hitting a snow covered tree:
It wasn’t until recently that I learned of the backlash that Ezra Jack Keats received for casting a little Black boy as his main character. I encourage you to read about the Caldecott Medal this book received, and the author’s thoughts on his book.