Happy birthday, Ezra Jack Keats!

If you can believe it, his very first book was the exquisite The Snowy Day

I love the sense of quiet alertness conveyed with those blocks of color,

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love that giant Mama,

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love the simple portraits of the little sorrows and the great joys of childhood.

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This was one of the first children’s books about a black kid.

More seasonable, another of my favorites illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats is Over in the Meadow:

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My favorite counting song, so cozy and satisfying, and the pictures are intense and unforgettable.

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Happy birthday, Ezra Jack Keats!   Thanks for all the colors.

4 comments

  1. One of my favorites!! I also like the one, I can’t remember the name, where the little boy decides to run away from home because all of his baby things are being repainted for his little sister….

    • “Peter’s Chair”! We love Ezra Jack Keats too – and “The Snowy Day” is exactly seasonal for us right now, as the one inch forecast turned out to be nearly a foot…

  2. I love that book — we are a multi-racial family through adoption, and it’s vital to have artfully illustrated books featuring people of color that aren’t issue-oriented or about skin color. There is a place for the “issue” books, but the beauty of The Snowy Day is that it’s just about a kid and his experience of the snowy day. Happy birthday, EJK!

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