Keats’s Neighborhood

I usually write about the books I read, but sometimes you come across a kids’ book that you have to read yourself.  Keats’s Neighborhood really is more for the adults than the kids.  It contains ten of Ezra Jack Keats stories, beginning with The Snowy Day and progressing through most of the Peter/Archie/Louie stories (but not including one of my favorites – The Trip).  That’s all well and good, but we own most of those stories already.  The best part (and the reason it’s more for the adults than the kids) is the introduction and commentary, explaining how a Jewish kid came to be the man who was the first to write a kid’s book featuring a main character who was African American, and the backlash that followed.  It’s an amazing perspective on books that I have loved for as long as I can remember.

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