Thursday, March 8, 2018

March Author Spotlight Ezra Jack Keats

March Author Spotlight
Ezra Jack Keats

Celebrate Ezra Jack Keats 102nd Birthday on March 11th

Bio Info:

Ezra Jack Keats was a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book author and illustrator. He was born on March 11, 1916, to Polish-Jewish parents living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Keats first worked as an illustrator and was published in various magazines. He also illustrated children's book covers. In 1960, he coauthored My Dog Is Lost! with Pat Cherr, and began writing and illustrating his own books shortly after. In total, Ezra Jack Keats wrote and illustrated 22 children's books, including Peter's Chair, Whistle for Willy, and the timeless classic The Snowy Day, for which he won the Caldecott Medal. Sadly Ezra Jack Keats passed away in 1983. Credit  

Share: Books

The Snowy Day
Whistle for Willie
One Red Sun 
Peter's Chair
Pet Show 
Kitten for a Day
The Trip 
Jennie's Hat 
Hi, Cat! 

Ezra Jack Keats Full Booklist

 Keats remains a classroom favorite for Prek-Grade 4 because children relate so well to his characters and because the books offer various perspectives—social, emotional, moral—that teachers can choose to explore in class. They are fresh, relevant and effective in teaching children about such issues as:
  • bullying
  • sibling rivalry
  • boredom
  • loss
  • peer pressure
  • snobbery
  • disappointment
  • compassion
  • differences
  • developmental issues
  • resourcefulness and determination
  • loneliness
  • nature
  • city life
 Credit Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Website

Celebration Activities and Further Study:

Ezra Jack Keats Birthday Party Ideas and Crafts

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Website Link

Snowy Day Book Preschool Pre-writing and Snow Paint

 Online games and read alouds of many of Keats books for kids 

Lesson Plans for Specific Books for grade Pre-K--3rd

Did you know?

How Cool that the Snowy Day Book has been made a postage stamp!
USPS Snowy Day Forever Stamps  Online Order Link 

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