Ezra Jack Keats


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
March 11, 1916

Died
May 06, 1983

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Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.

In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gouache with collage. Gouache is an opaque watercolor mixed with a gum that produces an oil-like glaze.

The characters in Keats’ books come from the community around him. Many of his stories illustrate family life, the simple pleasures and more complex problems, that a child often encounters in his daily routine. To create his books, Keats drew upon hi
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“One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.”
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