Rest in peace, Ezra Jack Keats. Born Jacob Ezra Katz to Polish immigrants in Brooklyn, Keats almost singlehandedly introduced multiculturalism into mainstream United States of American children’s literature, particularly with The Snowy Day, which won the Caldecott Medal for
the most distinguished American picture book for children
in 1963. He never married or had children, expressing at one time his belief that his characters were his children. He died on this date in 1983 at the age of 67.
Issued on: October 4, 2017
From: Brooklyn, NY