Parents, have you ever read this book to your kids?
If not, go to the nearest library, and check it out today!
This is apparently what parents (and presumably kids) have been doing in New York City since 1962, when this book won the Caldecott Medal as the “most distinguished American picture book for children” of the year.
The New York Times reports that the New York Public Library sifted through its records for six months to find the top ten books that were checked out more than any others over the years. Ezra Jack Keats’ 1962 classic children’s picture book, “The Snowy Day,” topped the list.
“The Snowy Day,” is said to be the first picture book to star an African-American boy.
Our family received the book as one of the first picture books for our oldest daughter either as a baby shower gift, or possibly for her first birthday. It has been a favorite that we have cherished and read and re-read to all three of our kids throughout the years.
It is simple, yet touching. It is beautifully illustrated and hearkens back to older and less complicated times.
It is a lovely book and the fact that it was at the top of this prestigious list makes me smile. The list of the other nine books are below:
- The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (485,583 checkouts)
- The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss (469,650)
- 1984, by George Orwell (441,770)
- Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak (436,016)
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (422,912)
- Charlotte’s Web, by EB White (337,948)
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (316,404)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie (284,524)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by JK Rowling (231,022)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle (189,550)
Carnegie’s book is the only one on this list that I have never read before 😉
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