Ezra Jack Keats‘ “The Snowy Day” was groundbreaking in 1962 simply for having the main character, a little boy named Peter, be an African-American. The book itself though is not intended to be about race. It’s about the joy and wonder that a child experiences in the fresh cold air of snowy day. The use of collage as a medium was new to Keats at the time, and changed the direction of the his illustrations in books to come. These illustrations, much like the story, have a timeless quality to them that I adore.
The Snowy Day, 5″x5″, ink and watercolor on illustration board