Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats & Jumpstart's Read for the Record - Snowy Day Craft

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking Children's (Nov 1962); ISBN 9780670654000; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from our personal library

The Snowy Day probably doesn't need much of an introduction. After all, it's a classic about the joy of playing outside on a snowy day and won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. A little boy named Peter gets out of bed and notices everything is covered in snow. He puts on his cute red snowsuit and spends the day playing, making a snowman, angels and enjoying all the fun snow activities.

Such a simple book, it's really is a delight to read with its wonderful snowy illustrations. The book truly captures a child's excitement of experiencing a winter day and, equally notable, it features an African American child as the hero, something not typically seen at the time of publication. My kids love reading books about snow. It's a pretty common sight around our state in the winter. Pretty soon we'll have plenty of it outside, and they can't wait to make their own tracks in the snow, snow angels and throw of few snowballs.

Have you heard of Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign? It's the world's largest celebration of reading! Today, October 7th, millions children and adults are reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats in support of Jumpstart's literacy goals. All proceeds from the campaign go towards helping the nonprofit provide books and programs for children in low-income neighborhoods.

I think this is such a wonderful program to support. Plus, who doesn't love reading together with a child? If you'd like to participate today, read The Snowy Day with a child or children and then report your participation. Simple as that. Visit for all the details.

The other seriously cool site I discovered after deciding to participate in Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign is a website called We Give Books. You can read books for free online with your children and you help others while doing so. Right now there are books like Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis and David Soman, The Mitten by Jan Brett, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans and even some non-fiction DK titles. You can read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats there, too! Be sure to check it out sometime!

Related Links:
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Reading Rockets Family Literacy Bag: The Snowy Day

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"A doily, snipped to bits, becomes a snow-storm."
- Elisa Kleven
Ever since seeing the collage snow scene illustrations in Elisa Kleven's books, I've wanted to try to try making some doily snow artwork with the kids. The Snowy Day presents the perfect opportunity for this craft since Keats used collage in his illustrations. The kids and I cut out "snowflakes" from doilies and pasted them to a blue background. We cut out Peter in his red snowsuit and added him to the doily snowflake collage. It may not be snowing outside just yet, but it sure looks like a blizzard took place inside our home!

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A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Add your kids craft post to the Kid's Get Crafty linky at Red Ted Art's Blog. Link your kids' "masterpieces" at Welcome to Our Wonderland. Join in Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word. Show off your ideas at ABC & 123 Show and Tell.

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Ticia said...

What a cute idea! I love the doily snowstorm. I have some that I'll have to remember to do this with.

RedTedArt said...

Oh! I LOVE your snowy day picture!!! How pretty did that turn out! GReat way to reuse a doylie...

Thanks for putting up the Kids Get Crafty badge - look forward to seeing you there later!!


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Oh, I LOVE Snowy Day and your associated artwork! Fantastic!

Thanks for the heads up about the Jumpstart challenge. I'll have to see if I can eke a few more minutes out of this day for reading aloud! :-)

So glad you linked up, as always!

Charlene Juliani said...

I love the pictures, but I don't even want to start thinking of snow right now! LOL!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is a wonderful book and great program. The artwork is so well done.

I would love for you to link this to Read. Explor. Learn. tomorrow.

Together Time 4 Families said...

This has always been a favorite! Love the doily idea for snowflakes! We love to act out some of the actions of the story: walking with feet going out and pointing in, knocking snow off the branch, throwing snowballs, dragging a stick in imaginary snow. Also fun to bring in snowballs and observe them as they melt.