Jacob Ezra Katz Also Known As Ezra Jack Keats
Ezra Jack KeatsBY: Morgan Cottrell and Jennifer Wagoner
Biographical InformationBirth Name: Jacob Ezra KatzBirth Date: March 11th 1916 in AmericaMarriage: Not MarriedFamily: Parents were Benjamin Katz and Augusta Podgainy (Polish Jews)Education: He won several different scholarships to Art Schools, but never got to attend. However, he did take art classes at night when he could.Work: Mural Painter, Comic Book Illustrator, In 1942 he illustrated backgrounds for Captain Marvel Comic Strips, and in 1945 he did work for the US Air CorpAuthor HighlightsHe changed his name 2 years after WWII.He wrote his first childrens book in 1960.In 1962 he created the character of Peter.In 1963 he won the Caldecott Medal.Publications and AwardsThe Snowy Day The Caldecott Medal in 1963Goggles The Caldecott Honor Award in 1977The Trip Childrens Choice Award in 1977Peters ChairLouie - Child Study Association of Americas Childrens Books of the Year in 1975Maggie and the PirateA Letter to Amy -Child Study Association of Americas Childrens Books of the Year in 1975Apt. 3 School Library Journals Best Books in 1971Pet Show -Child Study Association of Americas Childrens Books of the Year in 1972Hi, Cat! - Child Study Association of Americas Childrens Books of the Year in 1970Major Work #1The Snowy Day Published in 1962Won The Caldecott Medal in 1963New York Public Library 150 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century in 1996SUMMARY- A small boy named Peter experiences the joy of a snowy day.
Major Work #2The TripPublished in 1978Won Childrens Choice Award in 1977SUMMARY- When his family moves to a new neighborhood, Louie has to leave his friends behind. Sad and lonely, Louie creates a city scene inside a shoe box. The tiny diorama has a magical effect, sending his imagination back to old friends and old times. Then the spell ends, and a real-life adventure begins as Louie joins some new friends for Halloween night.
Major Work #3GogglesPublished in 1969Won the Caldecott Honor in 1970SUMMARY- Peter has found a rare treasure, a pair of old, beat-up motorcycle goggles. He and his best friend Archie are on their way to Archies front stoop with their prize when they run into a neighborhood gang that wants those goggles, too. What the bullies dont understand is how hard it is to catch two smart boys and one crafty dog.