Ezra Jack Keats Author Study
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
March 11 is the birthday of Caldecott Medal-winning picture book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. Start your author study by reading a short biography of Ezra Jack Keats and reading his books. Then use the activities and lessons below to introduce students to Keats's timeless classics.
Continue the fun by visiting the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation website which has lists of teaching resources and free activities for kids.
For more lesson ideas, see Teaching with Favorite Ezra Jack Keats Books from Scholastic Professional Books.
After reading aloud The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, introduce a snowy day center with a three-step project.
Five questions to guide children in a brief discussion about the book by Ezra Jack Keats.
Students explore creating their own shadows, as Peter does in the story, then write about it.
Use this chart to compare and contrast Here Comes the Snow! by Angela Shelf Medearis and The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
Students create collages of a room of their dreams after studying Ezra Jack Keats' work in Peter's Chair.
Children explore book illustration and their own artistic abilities with this creative activity.
Watch as children explore this winter wonder through books, painting, and hands-on play.
Students create maps depicting where Juanito searches for his lost dog in the book by Ezra Jack Keats.
Students bring in stuffed animals of their own and take turns sorting them.
Students act out movements depicted in the book by Ezra Jack Keats.
Students create their own "snowflakes" using tortillas and cream cheese.