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17 Reads from Ezra Jack Keats

Cuddle up with your little ones and these favorite reads from Ezra Jack Keats this holiday season!
 
The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
Wake up with Peter to a snow-covered day where adventure awaits. No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day.
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Peter's Chair
Peter's Chair
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

Peter is well aware that there is a new baby in the house. His mother shushes him when he makes his tower of blocks fall. And he's also well aware that the new baby's a girl. For everything that used to be Peter's has been painted pink!

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Maggie and the Pirate
Maggie and the Pirate
by Ezra Jack Keats
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Jennie's Hat
Jennie's Hat
by Ezra Jack Keats
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Pet Show!
Pet Show!
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

Archie wants to enter his cat in the neighborhood pet show — but the cat has vanished! Though all the kids look for him, he's nowhere to be found. But Archie keeps looking. However, the pet he finally brings isn't the cat, but one of the most surprising ever!

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The Little Drummer Boy
The Little Drummer Boy
by Katherine Davis , Ezra Jack Keats , Henry Onorati , Harry Simeone

In The Little Drummer Boy, a procession travels to Bethlehem, carrying with them their finest gifts to give to the Baby Jesus. The little drummer boy comes along, but he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king. Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child.

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Goggles!
Goggles!
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter and his friend Archie call upon faithful dog Willie to outsmart a gang of tough bullies who want Peter's new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.
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A Letter to Amy
A Letter to Amy
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

Peter wants to invite Amy to his birthday party but he wants it to be a surprise. A stormy day may ruin his surprise.

"A master of ingenious collages, (Keats) has made brilliant variegated pictures..". — The Horn Book

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Silba por Willie
Silba por Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

If Peter could only learn to whistle, than his dog, Willie would hear him and come running. But nothing Peter does seems to help. He tries spinning around and around but it only makes him dizzy. He draws a long line with colored chalk; he walks along a crack in the sidewalk.

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Apt. 3
Apt. 3
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
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Hi, Cat!
Hi, Cat!
by Ezra Jack Keats

On his way to hang out with the neighborhood kids, Archie very innocently greets a stray cat who follows him and gets in the way. The cat ruins everything — Archie's street show is a mess and his audience drifts away. But things aren't all bad: when Archie goes, the cat follows him all the way home, too!

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Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
by Raymond Abrashkin , Jay Williams Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

Danny Dunn is excited about a strange contraption that hangs from the ceiling of his bedroom, directly over his desk, in fact. It's a handy place for a simple homework machine, a humble device consisting of a flat piece of wood with an angled ballpoint pen fixed to either end of it.

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The Trip
The Trip
by Ezra Jack Keats Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

One of Keats's best-loved characters, Louie, stars in this poignant story about the loneliness of moving to a new place. Homesick for his old neighborhood, Louie finds a way to return by making a shoe box model of where he used to live, and pretending he is inside it.

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Louie's Search
Louie's Search
by Ezra Jack Keats
When Louie goes looking for a father, he meets Barney. Barney accuses Louie of stealing a music box from his truck, but Louie says he didn't do it. It's up to Louie's mother to settle the conflict and reveal that meeting Barney may be the beginning of the end of Louie's search.
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My Dog Is Lost
My Dog Is Lost
by Ezra Jack Keats
Juanito is miserable -- his family has just moved to New York, and because he only speaks Spanish, he has no one to talk to. What's more, his dog, Pepito, is lost! Juanito knows that most of his neighbors won't understand "Mi perro se ha perdido, " so he asks a man at the bank to help him make a sign in English.
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