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Happy Birthday Ezra Jack Keats!

Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) illustrated over eighty-five books for children and wrote and illustrated twenty-four children’s classics. He crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature. He was a pioneer in his time and an award-winning author. Visit your local library to find his books or buy your own.

In the Ezra Jack Keats website, you’ll find the following great ideas and more on how to tap into your kids’ senses and teach them to become more aware of the important details in the world around them.

Hand Puppets
Hand puppets allow kids to express themselves and interact with story characters. Make puppets from paper bags, socks, and other common materials.

Play Dough
Play dough allows kids to express themselves on many sensory levels.
Make your own: 1 cup water, 1 cup all purpose flour, ½ cup salt, 1 tablespoon cooking oil and food coloring.

Make binoculars with two empty toilet tissue rolls wrapped together with toilet paper. Encourage your children to hold these up to their eyes and look for specific things, like colors and shapes.

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