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THE SNOWY DAY Forever Stamps to be Issued on October 4

The United States Postal Service is featuring scenes from the beloved classic children’s book, THE SNOWY DAY, on their “forever” stamps. The stamps depict Peter, the main character of Ezra Jack Keats’ famous, award-winning Viking Books for Young Readers title, and will be dedicated at a free ceremony open to the public on October 4 at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York. 

THE SNOWY DAY was one of the first prominent 20th-century picture books centered on an African-American child, and went on to win the Caldecott Medal in 1963. There will be four stamps based on the book, and each will feature Peter in his red snowsuit. Antonio Alcala was the art director for the project, and designed the stamps with Keat’s iconic illustrations in mind, including images of Peter forming a snowball, Peter sliding down a mountain of snow, Peter making a snow angel, and Peter leaving footprints in the snow.
[caption id="attachment_7942" align="alignright" width="235"] Credit: United States Postal Service[/caption] Originally published by Viking Books for Young Readers in 1962,  THE SNOWY DAY is about a young boy who wakes up one morning and looks out his window to see everything covered in snow. An adventure-filled snow day ensues! There are currently more than 6 million copies of THE SNOWY DAY in print in North America. The “Snowy Day” stamps are being pre-sold at the USPS website.  Please feel free to attend the Snowy Day Forever Stamps First Day of Issue Dedication Ceremony at the BPL’s Central Library in the Dweck Auditorium on October 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p. m.  For more information,  click here.

Reshma Saujani Brings “Girls Who Code” to Young Readers

Computing skills are the most sought-after realm in the U.S. job market, yet research shows that the share of women in the computing workforce has declined from 37% in 1995 to 24% today. In 2012, Reshma Saujani recognized this growing gender disparity and founded the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

On Tuesday, August 22, Penguin Young Readers will join forces with Reshma and Girls Who Code to launch a new, multi-format, cross-imprint publishing program with the publication of GIRLS WHO CODE: Learn to Code and Change the World (Viking Books for Young Readers, for ages 10 & up) and THE FRIENDSHIP CODE (Penguin Workshop, for ages 8-12). These books teach girls the fundamental principles of coding and allow budding female coders to see themselves reflected in our cultural narrative. “When I first started Girls Who Code, I realized that there was a need for books that described what it’s like to actually be a girl who codes,” says Reshma Saujani. “I always say, ‘You can’t be what you can’t see.’ And that’s true for books, too. We need to read stories about girls who look like us in order to be inspired to try something new.” Reshma kicks off her national, 8-city book tour on August 22 at 5:00 p.m. with a Women in Tech rally at Union Square, followed by a book launch at 7:00 pm at Barnes & Noble, Union Square, with Reshma and editor Cristina Arreola in conversation. Major national media for the book launch includes interviews with Good Morning America,, The New York Times, TIME for Kids, The Chicago Tribune and CNN, as well as review coverage in Family Circle and Scholastic Teacher.