A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about the simple pleasures of childhood: playing outside in snow, looking for a lost dog, and discovering what the world has to offer. Keats' books explore human themes such as loneliness, loss, and love, and kids can learn empathy from each. Kids living in NYC and now San Francisco are privileged to compete in the bookmaking competition, a fun-sounding creative project. Lesson plans run the gamut from how to make rain, collage techniques, and studying the weather, while read-along videos and games promote comprehension, typing skills, and spatial reasoning. Ezra Jack Keats contains a lovely variety of activities and encapsulates the gentle spirit of his diverse works.
Keats is among a handful of the greatest children's authors and illustrators to truly capture the wonder of childhood. His message is one of human understanding that cuts across all boundaries.
Products & Purchases
Although the foundation is primarily philanthropic in nature, there are plentiful links to outside retailers for a whole range of Keats stuff, the royalties of which go right back to the foundation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site, created by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, reflects the depth and delight of the author's work in so many ways. You can lead your youngest children to the digital books or simple games and find inspiration in the videos of teachers, parents, and kids reading with appreciation and understanding. You can launch older elementary school-age kids into an author study using tons of helpful resources, and you may even learn a few things you didn't know about childhood as well as about the award-winning author.
Is It Any Good?
Any parent with very young children will want to share and experience the absolutely timeless literature of Ezra Jack Keats, and a visit to this official website is a great way to do just that. Even adults who think they know Keats will learn something new from the video readings (he often put cameos of himself into his books, and graffiti in illustrations was often a nod to friends). Although the youngest kids won't access anything but read-aloud videos and games without grown-up guidance, older kids will be able to go much farther, learning details about Keats' artistic training and background.
This site's warm tone will motivate big people to curl up at the end of a long day and share what really counts with their kids: time together with a good book. Unfortunately, the landing page is pretty dated, making it less tempting for tech-savvy visitors to click further; an update would help draw them in to all the great content that's only a few clicks away.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.