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The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day

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The Snowy Day

by Keats, Ezra Jack

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New York: The Viking Press, 1962. First Edition. First edition, first printing in correct dust jacket. Signed by Ezra Jack Keats, inscribed to book designer Jane Byers Bierhorst, "with whom its been pleasant working." They would collaborate on later books. 34 pp. Bound in publisher's blue cloth with white and red lettering. Near Fine with light wear, subtle mottling to cloth, in Very Good dust jacket, unclipped ($3.00) with absolutely no Caldecott award seal, chipped at head and tail, rubbed and worn along folds, a few short closed tears. Nice shape overall.

A truly iconic work, The Snowy Day has been named on the most important books of the 20th century by the New York Public Library, inspired a series of U.S. postage stamps in 2017, and was the first children's book with a Black protagonist to win a major award. While first editions are quite rare and sought-after, signed or inscribed copies are almost unheard of.


The Snowy Day is a simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night and he adventures out to play in it. The illustrations are a unique combination of cut-outs, watercolors, and collage. 1963 Caldecott Medal Winner

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The Snowy Day
Keats, Ezra Jack
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First Edition
The Viking Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
Caldecott Medal, award, Black children's books, children, illustrated, city

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Burnside Rare Books specializes in literary first editions and works of cultural and historic significance. We are located in Portland, Oregon and welcome visitors by appointment.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...
When a book is described as being inscribed, it indicates that a short note written by the author or a previous owner has been...
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
The heel of the spine.
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...

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