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A Note from Me (May 14, 2021)

Dear friends: Jason Reynolds’s Zena Sutherland Lecture was a smashing success last Friday. As far as I could see, he spoke without a text or even notes, moving brilliantly and seamlessly from stories about his recently deceased father to just what those stories meant in terms of bringing him and...

A Note from Me (Apr 30, 2021)

Dear friends: OMG did you hear about Kamala Harris making the government buy copies of her children’s book Superheroes Are Everywhere to put into the hands of every young terrorist at the border? April fool! We didn’t review the book, but SLJ gave it a so-so review if you’re thinking...

Five questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day (Viking, 7–9 years) by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a loving tribute to an iconic picture-book character, Peter — one of the first African American children in picture books — and his creator, Ezra...

Review of A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and 
the Creation of The Snowy Day

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and 
the Creation of The Snowy Dayby Andrea Davis Pinkney; illus. by 
Lou Fancher and Steve JohnsonPrimary, Intermediate    Viking    56 pp.11/16    978-0-425-28768-2    $18.99In evocative verse, Pinkney presents a picture book biography of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of the children’s classic...

The Enduring Footprints of Peter, Ezra Jack Keats, and The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats.In the spring of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Ezra Jack Keats cut a series of black-and-white photographs out of Life magazine. The four photos showed a small African American boy in Liberty County, Georgia, reacting to a blood test being administered by a public health nurse. Prior to the test,...

Young dreamers

I had wanted to write something funny.I thought I had something to add to recent discussions about the diversity and lack thereof in children’s literature — a unique perspective, perhaps.I was raised in the midst of these conversations about cultural diversity in children’s media. My father, Walter Dean Myers, has...

Review of The Snowy Day

EZRA JACK KEATS, Author-IllustratorThe Snowy Day (Viking)In this mood book, never static but sparkling with atmosphere in lovely water-color pictures, a small boy experiences the joys of a snowy day. The brief, vividly expressed text points out his new awareness of the sight and texture of snow (the crunch, crunch...

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