Keats’ Select Bibliography


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 Biography with Illustrations, by Dean Engel and Florence Freedman. Silver Moon Press, 1995

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

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of  “The Snowy Day,” by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson. Viking, 2016

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, by Claudia J. Nahson (with Maurice Berger and  Emily Casden), Yale University Press, 2011


Prizing Children’s Literature: The Cultural Politics of Children’s Book Awards, edited by Kenneth B. Kidd and Joseph T. Thomas, Jr., Routledge Press, Chapter 8: Peter’s Legacy: The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, November 10, 2016

A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining, Cities, Communities and Democracy in Postwar America, by Benjamin Looker, Ph.D., Univ. of Chicago Press, Chapter 6: Brilliant Corners: Representing the Inner City, from Outside and from Within, 2015

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

Diverse Books and Bullying, by Dr. Deborah Pope Story Monsters Ink. January 2019

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

The Enduring Footprints of Peter, Ezra Jack Keats, and The Snowy Day, by Kathleen T. Horning, The Horn Book, July 2016

From Sambo to Stevie: African-Americans in Picture Books, by Emily Casden. The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, Yale University Press, 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.

Literature and Art Through Our Eyes: The African American Children, by Patrice Flynn, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute 1995



Keats Archive: housed in the De Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi: the entire literary estate of Ezra Jack Keats, including original manuscripts, art, correspondence and awards

One More Story
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A guide to resources for the Ezra Jack Keats Books and Book Award winners

“The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats”: The Jewish Museum