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The Ezra Jack Keats Collection

 

The de Grummond Collection is the sole repository for the Ezra Jack Keats Archive. Holdings include manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for 37 books written and/or illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. Also included are his personal papers, personal and professional correspondence, fan mail and artwork from children, photographs and childhood memorabilia. Complementing the artwork created for children's books are numerous examples of his easel art, dating back to his high school years. A complete list of the contents of the Keats Archive can be found by examining the finding aid here.

Other online resources, including a biography of Keats' life, Keats Across the Curriculum Guide and a virtual exhibit of his work, are available by clicking on the underlined words. These pages were prepared by Mary H. Hamilton, M.L.S.

During his career, Keats wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 books for children. In the holdings of the de Grummond Collection we have published copies of 83 of these titles. We also hold video and filmstrip versions of his books produced by Weston Woods.

Our book holdings also include more than 300 art books from Keats' personal library, many with annotations. We continue to collect the books and other materials that have been produced after Keats' death in 1983. Examples are the Peter doll produced by Weston Woods and the board book version of The Snowy Day.

An exhibition, "Hopes and Dreams: The Art of Ezra Jack Keats," was shown at four museums in Japan in 1995. Among the treasures on display were Keats' baby shoes and hat, his birth certificate, a cover design for a 1954 Reader's Digest, and original illustrations for The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Pet Show, In a Spring Garden, and Song of the River. The actual hat that Keats created as the model for Jennie's Hat was also shown.

The amazing depth and breadth of this archive gives an intensive look into the creative genius of Keats, as well as presenting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of children's book publishing from the 1960s to the 1980s. Holdings of the archive were used by Brian Alderson for researching Ezra Jack Keats: Artist and Picture Book Maker published in 1995 by Pelican Press.

Following is a bibliography of all books, or parts of books, written and/or illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. The dates and publisher names given are for the first edition, although many of the titles have been reprinted and will have later publication dates and different publishers. For books held in the de Grummond Collection, our call number is in brackets following the citation.

EZRA JACK KEATS
A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF HIS WORK

And Long Remember by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; McGraw Hill, 1959. [deG/E/176.8/.F5]

Animal Stories: Tales of the Old Plantation by Joel Chandler Harris, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Doubleday, 1954. [deG/PZ/10.3/.H237/An5]

Apt. 3 written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1971. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Ap]

Apple Orchard by Irmengarde Eberle, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Walck, 1962. [deG/SB/363/.E23x/1962]

The Brave Riders by Glenn Balch, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1959. [deG/PZ/7/.B18/Br]

The Buffalo and the Bell by Myra Scott Scovel, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Friendship Press, 1963. [deG/PZ/7/.S4336/Buf/1963]

A Change of Climate by Jay Williams, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Random House, 1956. [deG/PS/3545/.I528455/C5]

Chester by Eleanor Clymer, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Dodd Mead, 1954. [not in University Libraries]

The Chinese Knew by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine; ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; McGraw Hill, 1958. [deG/DS/721/.P56x]

Clementina's Cactus written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1982. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Cl/1982]

Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Whittlesey House, 1956. [deG/PZ/7/.W666/Dan]

Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Whittlesey House, 1958. [deG/PZ/7/.W666/Dao]

Danny Dunn and the Weather Machine by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Whittlesey House, 1959. [deG/PZ/7/.W666/Daow]

Danny Dunn on a Desert Island by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Whittlesey House, 1957. [deG/PZ/7/.W666/Dap/1957]

Desmond's First Case by Herbert Best, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1961. [deG/PZ/7/.B4658/De]

Dreams written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1974. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Dr]

The Egyptians Knew by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; McGraw Hill, 1964. [deG/DT/61/.P4/1964]

The Eskimos Knew by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; McGraw Hill, 1962. [deG/E/99/.E7/P5/1962]

Farm Dog by David Malcolmson, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Little Brown, 1963. [deG/PZ/10.3/.M31x/Far]

Felipe's Long Journey: A Story of the Andes by Edna Jennings Sorensen, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Watts, 1961. [deG/PZ/7/.S7155/Fel/1961]

A Flood in Still River by Bianca Bradbury, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Dial, 1961. [deG/PZ/7/.B716/Flo/1961]

The Flying Cow by Ruth Philpott Collins, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Walck, 1963.
[deG/PZ/7/.C689x/Fly]

The Gobbler Called by Verne T. Davis, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Morrow, 1963. [deG/PZ/7/.D2985x/Go]

God is in the Mountain selected and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966. [deG/PN/6084/.R3/K4]

Goggles! written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1969. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Go]

Grasses by Irmengarde Eberle, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Walck, 1960. [deG/SB/197/.E22x/1960]

Hawaii: A Book to Begin On by Juliet M. Swenson, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963. [deG/DU/623.2/.S9]

Hi, Cat! written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1970. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Hi]

How Animals Sleep: A Time for Sleep by Millicent E. Selsam, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Scholastic, 1962. [deG/QL/49.S374/1962]

How to be a Nature Detective by Millicent E. Selsam, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Scholastic, 1963. (Issued in 1973 as How to be an Animal Detective) [deG/PZ/10/.S44/Hr3]

In a Spring Garden edited by Richard Lewis, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Dial, 1965. [deG/PL/782/.E3/L4]

In the Night by Paul Showers, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1961. [deG/QP/482/.S47x/1961]

In the Park: An Excursion in Four Languages by Esther Hautzig, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1968. [deG/PZ/7/.H289/In]

Indian Two Feet and His Horse by Margaret Friskey, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Scholastic, 1964. [deG/PZ/7/.F918/In4]

The Indians Knew by Tillie S. Pine, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; McGraw Hill, 1957. [deG/E/77/.P6/1968]

Jennie's Hat written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Harper & Row, 1966. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Je]

Jim Can Swim by Helen D. Olds, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Knopf, 1963. [deG/PZ/7/.O46/Jk]

John Henry: An American Legend written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Pantheon, 1965. [deG/PZ/8.1/.K198/Jo]

Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Lansing, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1954. [deG/PZ/10.3/.L25x/Ju]

Jumblies by Edward Lear, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats. Story appears in Best In Children's Books volume 17; Doubleday, 1959. [deG/PZ/5/.B425/vol. 17]

The King's Fountain by Lloyd Alexander, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Dutton, 1971. [deG/PZ/8/.A37/Ki]

Kitten for a Day written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Watts, 1974. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Ki/1982]

Krishna and the White Elephant by Ruth Collins, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Walck, 1961. [deG/PZ/7/.C689x/Kri/1961]

A Letter to Amy written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Harper, 1968. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Le/1968b]

The Little Drummer Boy by Katherine Davis, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1968. [deG/PZ/8.3/.K227/Li/1987]

Little Hawk and the Free Horses by Glenn Balch, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1957. [deG/PZ/7/.B16/Ip]

Louie written and ill. Ezra Jack Keats; Greenwillow, 1975. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Lo]

Louie's Search written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Four Winds, 1980. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Lr]

Maggie and the Pirate written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Four Winds, 1979. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Mag]

My Dog is Lost! by Ezra Jack Keats and Pat Cherr, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1960. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/My]

Mystery on the Isle of Skye by Phyllis A. Whitney, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Westminster, 1955. [deG/PZ/7/.W616/M87x]

The Naughty Boy a poem by John Keats, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1965. [deG/PZ/8.3/.K23/Nau]

Night compiled by Ezra Jack Keats, photographs by Beverly Hall; Atheneum, 1969. [deG/PN/6084/.N5/K4]

Nihal by Eleanor A. Murphey, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1960. [deG/PZ/7/.M946/Ni]

One Red Sun: A Counting Book by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1999. [deG/QA/113/.K43 1999]

Our Rice Village in Cambodia by Ruth Tooze, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1963. [deG/DS/554.42/.T66x]

Over in the Meadow [from a poem by Olive A. Wadsworth], ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Four Winds, 1971. [deG/PZ/8.3/.O9]

Panoramas edited by William S. Gray, Marion Monroe, A. Sterl Artley and May Hill Arbuthnot, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Scott Foresman, 1957. [deG/PE/1117/.P366/1957]

The Peg-Legged Pirate of Sulu by Cora Cheney, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Knopf, 1960. [deG/PZ/7/.C4187/Pe]

Penny Tunes and Princesses by Myron Levoy, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Harper & Row, 1972. [deG/PZ/7/.L5825/Pe]

Pet Show! written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Macmillan, 1972. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Pc]

The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Doubleday, 1963. [deG/PZ/7/.H137/P12]

Peter's Chair written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Harper & Row, 1967. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Pe]

The Pilgrims Knew by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; McGraw Hill, 1957. [deG/F/68.4/.P5/1957]

Pssst! Doggie -- by Ezra Jack Keats; Watts, 1973. [deG/PZ/10.3/.K22/Ps]

Reading Beyond the Basal: Using Children's Literature to Expand and Enrich the Basal Program written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Perfection Form Co., 1987. [not in University Libraries]

Regards to the Man in the Moon written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Four Winds, 1981. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Re]

The Rice Bowl Pet by Patricia Miles Martin, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1962. [deG/PZ/7/.M36418/Ri]

Skates! written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Watts, 1973. [deG/PZ/10.3/.K22/Sk]

The Snowy Day written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1962. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Sn]

Song of the River by Billy C. Clark, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1957. [deG/PZ/7/.C535/So/1957]

Sounds We Hear by Gerald S. Craig and Beatrice D. Hurley, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats. Story appears in Best in Children's Books vol. 10; Doubleday, 1958. [deG/PZ/5/.B425/vol. 10]

Speedy Digs Downside Up by Maxine W. Kumin, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Putnam, 1964. [deG/PZ/8/.K918/Sp]

Sure Thing for Shep by Elizabeth Lansing, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1956. [deG/PZ/7/.L285/Su]

That First Easter by Henry Denker, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Crowell, 1959. [deG/PZ/7/.D423/Th]

Three Children of Chile by Ella Huff Kepple, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Friendship Press, 1961. [deG/PZ/7/.K44/Th/1961]

Three Young Kings by George Albee, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Watts, 1956. [deG/PZ/7/.A329x/Thr/1956]

Tia Maria's Garden by Ann Nolan Clark, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1963. [PZ/7/.C5296/Ti/1963]

The Time of the Wolves by Verne T. Davis, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Morrow, 1962. [deG/PZ/7/.D32/Ti]

The Tournament of the Lions by Jay Williams, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Walck, 1960. [deG/PZ/8.1/.W652/To]

Tres Casas, Tres Familias by Edna Beiler, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Friendship Press, 1964. [deG/PZ/7/.B388235/Tr]

The Trip written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Greenwillow, 1978. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Tr]

Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of Ellen and William Craft, Fugitive Slaves by Florence B. Freedman, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Simon & Schuster, 1971. [deG/HT/869/.C7/F7]

Wee Joseph by William MacKellar, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; McGraw Hill, 1957. [deG/PZ/7/.M196/We]

What a Magnet Can Do by Gerald S. Craig and Sara E. Baldwin, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats. Story appears in Best in Children's Books vol. 1; Doubleday, 1957. [deG/PZ/5/.B425/vol. 1]

What Eddie Brought Home by Carolyn Haywood, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats. Story appears in Best in Children's Books vol. 9; Doubleday, 1958. [deG/PZ/5/.B425/vol. 9]

What Good is a Tail? by Solveig P. Russell, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Bobbs Merrill, 1962. [deG/PZ/10/.R85/Wh]

Whistle for Willie written and ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Viking, 1964. [deG/PZ/7/.K2253/Wh]

Wonder Tales of Dogs and Cats by Frances Carpenter, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Doubleday, 1955. [deG/PZ/10.3/.C233/Wm]

Your Own Aquarium by Victor C. Smith, Barbara Henderson and W.R. Teeters, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats. Story appears in Best in Children's Books vol. 4; Doubleday, 1957. [deG/PZ/5/.B425/vol.4]

Zoo, Where Are You? by Ann McGovern, ill. by Ezra Jack Keats; Harper & Row, 1964. [deG/PZ/7/.M1687/Zo]

In the near future, we'll be adding a bibliography of books, book chapters, biographical entries, articles, theses and dissertations that have been written by and about Ezra Jack Keats.

 

 

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