A Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats

One of the primary places that we discovered the name Ezra, was from a children’s book named A Snowy Day. It was written by Ezra Jack Keats, and was a childhood favorite of Ahna’s. Well, this year it celebrates it’s 50th anniversary, and it holds a very important and special place in the world of children’s books….learn more about it in this NPR story from a few months ago:

One morning many years ago, a little boy in Brooklyn named Peter woke up to an amazing sight: fresh snow.

Peter is the hero of the classic children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day, which turns 50 this year. Peter has a red snowsuit, a stick just right for knocking snow off of trees, and a snowball in his pocket. And, though this is never mentioned in the text, Peter is African-American.

For the full text, and downloadable audio file: click here.


  1. Friday, the 13th………we would even appreciate snow today!!!!!! Anything to get some moisture, would be better than the dry winds we have had. A few drops of rain have been falling and we hope it will keep up all day.

  2. awesome history behind ezra’s name. i’ve always tied the name to the book of ezra and the poet, ezra pound. happy 50th to a fantastic children’s book.

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