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This month's perfect pair features a classic and a soon-to-be classic.

  • A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2016)
    JB  KEA
    The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood.
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
    E  KEA  CALDECOTT
    The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.  No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.  Winner of 1963 Caldecott Medal.

The ridiculously popular game is getting a S.T.E.A.M. treatment at Hoover Public Library on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4 p.m.  At our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event, we'll use math to recreate parts of the Minecraft Universe in real life -- with post-it notes and boxes.  This event is open to kids ages 5-11.  Don't miss it!  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) today!