Keats, Ezra JackAlternative names
American illustrator and author of children's books; won the Caldecott Medal in 1963 for The snowy day (1962).
From the description of Papers, 1962-1980 (bulk 1963-1964). (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62444233
From the description of Our rice village in Cambodia : production material, ca. 1963. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62451779
From the description of Zoo, where are you? : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62406344
Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Polish immigrant parents. After working as a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration during the Depression and as a comics illustrator, he illustrated his first children's book in 1954. He went on to write and/or illustrate more than 85 books for children. Keats was innovative in his use of minority children as central characters, such as the African American boy in the Caldecott Medal-winning The snowy day.
From the description of Ezra Jack Keats papers, 1916-1997 [manuscript]. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 711793816
Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Art Students League and studied painting with the noted artist and children's book illustrator Jean Charlot. He worked as a muralist for the W.P.A. during the Depression, and later as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1954 he illustrated his first book for children, Jubilant for Sure, by Elizabeth C. Lansing. During his career Keats illustrated books for many different authors and in 1960 he illustrated and co-wrote with Pat Cherr the bilingual book, My Dog is Lost! or, Me Perro Se Ha Perdido . In 1962 he wrote and illustrated The Snowy Day, which was widely praised by critics for his unique style of blending painting and collage in vivid colors, as well as for depicting African American children in natural surroundings. The book won the Caldecott Medal in 1963. Critics have lauded Keats' works both for his texts and his illustrations, calling his stories universal, classless, timeless, and his illustrations notable for innovative use of collage. Keats died on May 6, 1983 in New York City.
Biographical Sources: Something About the Author vols. 14, 34, 57; Children's Literature Review, vol. 35; Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed. pp.510-11
From the guide to the Ezra Jack Keats papers, 1962-1980, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])
|creatorOf||Keats, Ezra Jack. Ezra Jack Keats papers, 1916-1997 [manuscript].||University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library|
|creatorOf||Carey, Darrell. Peter's chair [mixed materials].||Harford County Public Library|
|creatorOf||Keats, Ezra Jack. Our rice village in Cambodia : production material, ca. 1963.||University of Minnesota, Minneapolis|
|creatorOf||Keats, Ezra Jack. Papers, 1962-1980 (bulk 1963-1964).||University of Minnesota, Minneapolis|
|creatorOf||Ezra Jack Keats papers, 1962-1980||University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]|
|creatorOf||Keats, Ezra Jack. Zoo, where are you? : production material.||University of Minnesota, Minneapolis|
|referencedIn||Edna Edwards Interviews with Children's Authors and Illustrators, 1966-1976||Loyola Marymount University. William H. Hannon Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.|
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