Exhibit Salutes Children's Author Who Introduced Minority Characters
Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries to become the first American author and illustrator to give minorities a central place in young children's literature. (Photos courtesy of the Ezra Keats Foundation)
In “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, Peter - one of the first minority characters in children's literature - plays in the snow. (All photos courtesy of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.)
In "The Snowy Day,” Peter comes home with a snowball and is surprised when it melts.
In “Goggles,” Peter and friends sit on the proverbial New York City stoop.
In his books, Keats shows the real neighborhoods of African-American children in New York.