Simply put, here is Ezra from A to Z—as seen by friends, biographers and a diverse mix of other sources, and compiled, admiringly and critically, over 50 years. This is a treasure trove for teachers, students, scholars and Keats lovers alike. Look for lesson plans, reminiscences, videos and websites that define the spirit of Keats and enrich the reading and teaching of his books.


A Gallery of Outstanding Minigrant Programs

Selected stellar Minigrant projects funded by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation



A Memory, by Martin Pope, President of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Biography for Beginners: All Authors, edited by Laurie Lanzen Harris. Favorable Impressions Publishers, 2005

Children’s Illustrators: Ezra Jack Keats, by Jill C. Wheeler. ABDO Publishing Co., 2005

Children’s Literature Review, Vol. 35, pp. 82-143. Gale Research, Inc., 1995

Ezra Jack Keats, Artist and Picture Book Maker, by Brian Alderson. Pelican Press, 1994

Ezra Jack Keats: A Bibliography and Catalogue, by Brian Alderson. Pelican Press, 2002

Ezra Jack Keats: A Biography with Illustrations, by Dean Engel and Florence Freedman. Silver Moon Press, 1995

Ezra Jack Keats: Picture Book Author of the Month, Greenville (Rhode Island) Public Library website

Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults: A Selection of Sketches from Something About the Author, Vol. 3, G-J, edited by Laurie Collier and Joyce Nakamura, Gale Research, Inc., 1993


Curriculum Guides

De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
The Ezra Jack Keats Collection: A biography and bibliography
Ezra Jack Keats Virtual Exhibit: Highlighting original material from Keats’s Peter stories—The Snowy Day, Peter’s Chair, A Letter to Amy, Whistle for Willie, Pet Show!, Hi Cat! and Goggles!—plus Keats Across the Curriculum and other classroom resources

LearnNC (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education)
Critical Thinking and Art with The Snowy Day, by Caryn Levy (grade 1)
Learning About Ezra Jack Keats
, by Brittany Basinger, Jenny Conine and Vicki McMillan (grade 1)
Sensing the World Around Us, by Libby Oxenfeld (grade K)

Read Write Think: International Reading Association
Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats (grades K-2)
Ezra Jack Keats Author Study (grades pre-K-2): Lesson plans for a variety of Keats books, including The Snowy Day Discussion Guide and The Snowy Day Science Lesson

Scholastic Teaching Resources
Teaching with Favorite Ezra Jack Keats Books: Engaging, Skill-Building Activities That Help Kids Learn About Families, Friendship, Neighborhood & Community, and More in These Beloved Classics, by Pamela Chanko, 1995

School Library Journal Online

I Wanna Be Like Keats, by Kimberly Taylor-DiLeva, 2003
A school library’s writing club turns kids into authors and artists

Southwest Children’s Literature
Clementina’s Cactus: In the Classroom/Library (grades 6-8)

A Teaching Guide to the World of Ezra Jack Keats
(grades pre-K-3)
A guide to resources for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
Literature and Art Through Our Eyes: The African American Children, by Patrice Flynn


Selected Articles

Celebrate Ezra Jack Keats, by Carolyn S. Brodie. School Library Media Activities Monthly, Vol. 19, Issue 7, 2003

From Sambo to Stevie: African-Americans in Picture Books, by Emily Casden., 2011

John Henry: Then and Now, by W. Nikola-Lisa. African American Review, Vol. 32, Issue 1, 1998

Letters, Twigs, Hats, and Peter’s Chair: Object Play in the Picture Books of Ezra Jack Keats, by W. Nikola-Lisa. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009

The Enduring Charm of Children’s Books, by Barbara Elleman. American Libraries, Vol. 26, Issue 7, 1995

The Man Who Became Keats, by Pat Cummings. School Library Journal, Vol. 47, Issue 5, 2001

The Many Rewards of Bookmaking, by Lillie Pope, Educational Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation


Selected Websites

De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
This preeminent library, at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, houses the complete archives of Ezra Jack Keats

EJK Film Festival
Video shorts featured on our website highlighting 12 Keats books, plus links to related activities and information

Sites for Teachers
Hundreds of websites ranked by popularity
A guide to resources for the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners

10 Best Websites for Multicultural Picture Books
Compiled by EJK Executive Director Deborah Pope

The Jewish Museum
Articles relating to the exhibition “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” September 2011-January 2012

Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day


Teaching Reading – Books by Dr. Lillie Pope

Teach Anyone to Read: The No-Nonsense Guide
Wordplay: A Dictionary of Idioms
Special Needs: Special Answers (co-authored with Deborah Edel and Abraham Haklay)

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