The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, 1962.
This is a pleasant, slice-of-life story about the fun and wonder of a snowy day for young children.
A young boy named Peter wakes up on a winter morning to discover that it snowed during the night.
Peter hurries out into the snow, experiencing all of the fun it has to offer. He studies the footprints that he makes in the snow and uses a stick to make marks in the snow and knock snow off of tree branches. He’s still too little to join in the snowball fight that the big boys have, but he has fun making a snowman and snow angels.
The snow is so much fun that Peter makes a snowball amd put it in his pocket to save for later. Of course, the snowball in his pocket doesn’t last, and he worries that the snow outside will disappear as well, but there is even more snow the next day. He gets a friend of his to come outside and join him in the fun.
It’s a simple, sweet story about one of the simple pleasures in life and one boy’s discovery of the wonders of snow. It would make a nice, calm bedtime story for young children.
This book is also a Caldecott award winner, and it is noted for being one of the first children’s books to feature a black main character. Peter’s race is never mentioned in the text and is not directly a part of the story, but it is shown in the pictures. Really, I think that’s part of what makes the book so great; although the book was considered ground-breaking for representing minorities, it does so in a way that’s completely relatable because his story could really happen to just about any child.