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Title: Ezra Jack Keats


1
Ezra Jack Keats
2
Growing Up
  • DOB March 11, 1916
  • Jacob Ezra Katz
  • First generation Polish descent
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Always a talented artist
  • Won medal in Jr. High for drawing
  • Father was skeptical, but proud
  • Won 3 art scholarships
  • Could not attend
  • Had to work to support family

3
Work History
  • Won national fine arts contest
  • 1937 WPA painting murals
  • 1940 comic book illustrator
  • 1942 background Capt. Marvel
  • 1943 enters army
  • Designs camouflage patterns
  • Painted for major magazines
  • Easel paintings sold in galleries
  • After WW II changed name
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • Due to anti-Semitism

4
Creative Process
  • Sketchbook
  • Visualizes characters
  • Lines walls of studio with pictures
  • Storyboard
  • All pages on one sheet

5
Publication Process
  • Dummy
  • Mock up of book
  • Manuscript of text
  • Revises and refines
  • Finalizes and publishes

6
Unique Illustrations
  • Painting
  • Gouache
  • Watercolors
  • Over pen or pencil
  • Acrylic
  • Drawing
  • Pencil and charcoal

7
Best Known for Collage
  • Collage
  • Cut paper
  • Torn paper
  • Watercolors
  • Marbled paper

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Books for Adults
  • Religious
  • Quotations with his artwork
  • Poetry
  • Oriental poetry with his artwork
  • Compilations
  • Quotations and photographs

11
Books for the Very Young
  • Counting Books
  • One Red Sun
  • Familiar songs
  • Over in the Meadow
  • Wordless
  • Clementinas Cactus
  • Limited Text
  • Kitten for a Day

12
Multicultural Picture Books
  • First for multicultural protagonist
  • Hispanic
  • Dreams
  • Middle Eastern
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Caucasian
  • Jennies Hat
  • African-American
  • Peter Books

13
Peter
  • Based on pictures in Life Magazine 1940

14
Peter Books
  • Everyday activities
  • Exploring snow
  • Learning to whistle
  • Siblings
  • Pets

15
Peter Books
  • Growing Up
  • New sibling
  • Boy/girl friendships
  • Competition

16
Major Awards
  • Caldecott
  • 1963 The Snowy Day
  • 1970 Goggles
  • Boston-Globe Horn Book
  • 1970 Hi, Cat!
  • NY Public Library 150 most influential books of
    the 20th century
  • 1996 The Snowy Day
  • Child Study Association of Americas Childrens
    Books
  • 14 times

17
A Master Storyteller and Artist
  • Died 1983
  • Written/Illustrated
  • Over 85 childrens books
  • 24 childrens classics

18
The Snowy Day
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