Monday, October 12, 2009

Ezra Jack Keats

It's Monday, Picture Books Past. Ezra Jack Keats, born in 1916, grew up the son of poor Polish immigrants in Brooklyn during the Depression. It was apparent early on that he was a gifted artist. Eventually, he wrote and illustrated many children's books, including the Caldecott winner, The Snowy Day. For that book, he is recognized and applauded as the first American picture book creator to give an African American child the starring role in a picture book. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation watches over his legacy. On their website, here, enjoy an excerpt from a film about him. Check out the rest of website, too, including the biographical section, "About Ezra," and all about his books.

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