About once a year, I like to focus a storytime on one particular author. This time I picked Ezra Jack Keats. My first stop was his website: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org where I learned all sorts of interesting facts about his life. Did you know that in his career he wrote and illustrated over 22 children’s books?
Or that his first paid job as an artist was when he was eight and he was paid 25 cents for an advertisement? My kids thought it was particularly cool that he got started as a professional illustrator when he did backgrounds for a super hero comic book.
We also spent a lot of time looking at the pictures in each book, as well as the mixed media materials Keats used for making the collages that are prominent in most of his books.
- Peter’s Chair
- Whistle for Willie
- Over in the Meadow
(I would have read his first book, The Snow Day, but am tired of snow and snow stories at this point in winter! LOL!)
Whistle for Willie Collages: This craft allowed children to pretend they were Keats as they designed their own illustrations for Whistle For Willie. Using various colors of construction paper, the kids cut out squares and rectangles and glued them onto a bigger piece of paper. Then they used clip I found on google to add Peter and Willie.
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