The 1963 Caldecott Medal winner
The Snowy Day is a fantastic book to read anytime of year but especially in the thick of winter. What child isn't dreaming of playing in the snow right now? The boy in this book Peter wakes up to find his world all white as far as he can see. You then follow him as he sets out alone to make silly tracks in the snow, smack a snow covered tree (oops), make a snowman and angels, attempt to play with the bigger boys in their snowball fight and slide down a big mound of snow. The illustrations are simple and soft and at the right times bright and vibrant. Ezra Jack Keats really portrays the images of the 1960's but this book is timeless and any child will love this story!
The publisher of this book Viking/Penguin declared January The Snowy Day month and their website has a lot of great activities. Why not read the book and combine it with an activity to get the kids excited about reading? Check it out here: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/
If your children like this book try reading another of the six books where Keats uses Peter as a character. My girls also like watching the Ezra Jack Keats Scholastic DVD that includes seven of his stories read aloud with all the images of the books displayed for them.
Don't forget many of the books are available at your local library and to utilize your library as often as possible!