All of Keats’s characters reflect, in part, who Ezra was as a child. But few of his characters are as deeply felt and richly observed as Louie. That’s because, says Dr. Martin Pope, Louie represents Ezra’s private memories of his childhood. Dr. Pope shares his insights into his friend’s most personal character, a shy boy who says little and feels much.
The love Louie feels for Gussie the puppet illustrates the nearly magical connection that kids, and often adults, have with puppets. Here, we explore the ABCs of puppetry: enjoy a video of puppets around the world, learn how to make all kinds of puppets and puppet theaters, and share links on using puppets as a teaching tool.
Using Louie as a basis, this lesson helps children begin to recognize and discuss their feelings and the feelings of others. Reading, then talking about and mapping the emotions in the book lets children explore their own feelings, and creating expressive face puppets bring those feelings into focus. To develop interpersonal skills that can take a lifetime to master, it’s wise to start young.
For your snuggling pleasure, our animated read-aloud of Louie is great for watching with your kids. In this Talking About Keats video, children’s book enthusiasts Miriam, JoanAnn and Maria show how Ezra’s visual storytelling creates an impact.
In anticipation of the EJK Book Award ceremony on April 10, winners Ame Dyckman (New Writer, for Tea Party Rules) and Christian Robinson (New Illustrator, for Rain!) spoke with Associate Director Margot Abel about their work and what this award means to them. Check back after the event to read their acceptance speeches and share their experience at the 2014 Children’s Book Festival, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
See the winning books of the second annual EJK Bookmaking Competition in San Francisco, and the winning kids who participated! Like its New York City counterpart, the competition brings together city-wide institutions—museums, libraries and schools—to show off the city’s children to their best advantage.