In this post I will highlight the work of one of my favorite children’s authors, Ezra Jack Keats. In particular, I will focus on a six-book series of multicultural children’s books by Keats that features a single character—a boy named Peter—and that includes two of Keats’s most celebrated books, The Snowy Day and Whistle for Willie. All six of these multicultural children’s books are appropriate for 3-to-5-year-olds.
Title: The Snowy Day
Author: Ezra Jack Keats
Age Category: 3 to 5 years
Genre: Picture Books
Life of Ezra Jack Keats: Multicultural Children’s Books Author
The following brief account of Keats’s life and career is excerpted from the website for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation:
“Ezra Jack Keats was born on March 11, 1916, to impoverished Polish immigrants of Jewish descent in East New York, which was then the Jewish quarter of Brooklyn, New York. He was the third child of Benjamin Katz and Augusta Podgainy, and was then known as Jacob (Jack) Ezra Katz.”
From early on it was evident that Keats was gifted as an artist. He won several awards for his art in junior high and high school, including a national contest run by the Scholastic Publishing Company.
“Keats entered the service of the United States Army on April 13, 1943…After World War II, he returned to New York… Two years after the war, Jack, in reaction to the anti-Semitic prejudices of the time, Continue reading