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The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962)

The Snowy Day won (white) American author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats the 1963 Caldecott Medal for illustration. During his early career as an illustrator, he was dismayed that an African-American child was never the main character. (It was also one of the first books to break the color barrier.) When he began to write his own books, he changed that. The Snowy Day was Keats’ first book that he both wrote and illustrated. It tells the tale of Peter, a little boy who lives in the city and his delight in the first snow of winter.

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