The First Children’s Book with a Black Protagonist Gets Its Own Collectible Stamp Series

If you were a little black child growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, your mother probably read you a bedtime story called “The Snowy Day.”

Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, an American born to Polish Jewish immigrants, the book broke down the color barrier in mainstream American children’s publishing and was the first picture storybook to feature a black main character – an adorable boy named Peter who experiences the joy of a snowy day.

Originally published in 1962, the Caldecott Award winner is a timeless classic.  So it’s fitting that the vivid illustrations from The Snowy Day will now be available as a collectible stamp series (part of the Forever stamp series) that will be issued on October 4.

The US Postal Service issued a statement on its website saying that each of the four stamps in the series, designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, will showcase a different illustration of Peter exploring his neighborhood “while wearing his iconic red snowsuit.”

“The images include,” according to the Postal Service, “Peter forming a snowball, Peter sliding down a mountain of snow, Peter making a snow angel, and Peter leaving footprints in the snow.”

Former US Postal Service stamp series have featured other famous black icons including Maya Angelou and Dorothy Height. 


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