About Ezra

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was a pioneer in American
children’s literature. He based the lives of his multiracial characters
on his childhood but added loving parents, friends and pets.
He wanted no child to be an outsider. “If we could see each
other exactly as the other is,” he wrote, “this would be a
different world.”

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