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Best ‘Day’ ever

Recent stamp subject leads popular books list

The New York Public Library is promoting “The Snowy Day” this year through special editions, displays and more. Image: Jonathan Blanc/NYPL

A beloved children’s story that was honored with a 2017 stamp release has topped the New York Public Library’s list of its all-time most popular books.

To mark its 125th anniversary this year, the library compiled a list of the 10 books checked out most frequently in its history.

The No. 1 spot belongs to “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.

The story of a young boy’s exploration of his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall, “The Snowy Day” was the first mainstream children’s book to feature an African American protagonist.

The Caldecott Medal-winning book has been borrowed from the library more than 485,500 times since it was published in 1962.

To mark the groundbreaking work’s 55th anniversary, the Postal Service honored “The Snowy Day” with a booklet of 20 stamps.

Five other children’s works that have been depicted on USPS stamps also made the library’s list:The Cat in the Hatby Dr. Seuss, Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneby J.K. Rowling and The Very Hungry Caterpillarby Eric Carle.

The stamps inspired by “The Snowy Day” are still available on, along with framed artwork and notecards.

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