Quotes on Keats

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Linda E. Johnson

President & CEO, Brooklyn Public Library

Ezra Jack Keats forever changed children’s literature and the lives of countless young readers when he depicted an African-American boy playing in an urban environment in The Snowy Day. For decades, Keats gave a voice to youth who were underrepresented in children’s books and worked tirelessly to promote literacy. Drawing inspiration from his childhood spent in Brooklyn, he became one of the world’s most important children’s authors and illustrators, and to this day, his delightful imagination and vivid artwork continue to captivate audiences. It is a tremendous honor to host the annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition at Brooklyn Public Library and to help inspire the next generation of authors and illustrators.”