Ezra Jack Keats (né Jacob Ezra Katz; March 11, 1916 – May 6, 1983) was an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He won the 1963 Caldecott Medal for illustrating The Snowy Day, which he also wrote. Keats wrote A Letter to Amy and Hi, Cat!, but he was most famous for The Snowy Day. It is considered one of the most important American books of the 20th century.

Keats is best known for introducing multiculturalism into mainstream American children’s literature. He was one of the first children’s book authors to use an urban setting for his stories and he developed the use of collage as a medium for illustration.

Books in order of publication:

Books written and illustrated

  • My Dog Is Lost (1960)
  • The Snowy Day (1962) — Caldecott Medal winner
  • Whistle for Willie (1964)
  • John Henry, An American Legend (1965)
  • Jennie’s Hat (1966)
  • Peter’s Chair (1967)
  • A Letter to Amy (1968)
  • Goggles! (1969) — a Caldecott runner-up
  • Hi, Cat! (1970)
  • Apt. 3 (1971)
  • Pet Show! (1972)
  • Skates! (1973)
  • Pssst! Doggie- (1973)
  • Dreams (1974)
  • Kitten for a Day (1974)
  • Louie (1975)
  • The Trip (1978)
  • Maggie and the Pirate (1979)
  • Louie’s Search (1980)
  • Regards to the Man in the Moon (1981)
  • Clementina’s Cactus (1982)
  • One Red Sun, A Counting Book (1998)