The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has announced that the U.S. Postal Service will issue The Snowy Day Forever stamps this Fall. The classic children's book, published in 1962, was one of the first mainstream publications to feature an African American child. The stamps can be ordered in advance at the USPS Shop for delivery shortly after the October 4 nationwide issuance.
In a statement, the USPS said "each of the four new stamps in this 20-stamp booklet features a different illustration of main character Peter exploring and playing in his neighborhood while wearing his iconic red snowsuit. The images include Peter forming a snowball; sliding down a mountain of snow; making a snow angel; and leaving footprints in the snow." Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Va., designed the stamps.
A First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for The Snowy Day Forever Stamps will be held October 4 at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, featuring BPL president and CEO Linda E. Johnson; children's and YA author Andrea Davis Pinkney; Ezra Jack Keats Foundation executive director Deborah Pope; and Roderick N. Sallay, USPS government relations & public policy acting executive director.