Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Keats’s Neighborhood

Hi Friends!

So good to see you!

I must say! I’m bleary eyed and tired after a wonderful week with my sister from Texas. Yes, the kindergarten teacher sister I talked about when writing “Annie’s Special Day”, and the sister who I’ve dedicated the book to. She’s very special, 🙂  and we talked nonstop.  If you have followed me you will know how busy I’ve been this week. I haven’t even gone online to connect or do a workshop with My life is in complete chaos. But I’m restoring some order come today. I’m making a priority list and sticking to it.

 A couple of weeks ago I put up a new page next to my *about* up top of my user bar called *About “Annie’s Special Day*. On it is my new web page.  *Yay!*  If you get confused because I said my book is out on Amazon, I’ll understand. I thought it would be by now, too. Some places in the internet say it’s out in all the venues and some say soon. I know it’s confusing. And I don’t really feel like I’m a published author because my book can’t be found in the biggest store. So yes, I’m disappointed. But soon.

I also wanted to give you my links where I can be found in the internet: I love visiting with all of you so look me up and we can visit all around. Do you have your coffee or mocha? Get it now. 🙂

Author’s Links:  under authors for Facebook page!/CBoJahn for twitter. for my blog. Thanks for reading! add my book to your to-reads. my new website. 

Now for the featured reading PPBF! What we’ve all been waiting for. Yes, go get a refill.

Keats Neighborhood book coverTitle: Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury

With introduction by Anita Silvey

Appropriate for: Perfect for all ages

Published by: Viking Publishing

What the Jacket says: Ezra Jack Keats forever changed the landscape of children’s literature when he chose an African-American boy as the hero of The Snowy Day in 1962. Today, he is widely acknowledged as one of the first picture-book creators to feature realistic, friendly, multi-ethnic urban settings in his books. Now this beautiful collection brings together ten of his best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal winning book The Snowy Day and the Caldecott Honor book Goggles!, plus Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, Apt.3, Jennie’s Hat, and others. Also included is artwork from an unfinished picture book, The Giant Turnip, published here for the very first time. An introduction by celebrated critic of children’s literature Anita Silvey outlines Keats’s career and inimitable contributions.

In addition, four of the most important writers and illustrators working in the field today—Jerry Pinkey, Simms Taback, Reynold Ruffins, and Eric Carle—share their thoughts on Keats and the legacy he left behind. An afterword describes his incredible life, from his impoverished childhood in Brooklyn to t he books that would earn him international acclaim and devotion of generations of readers.

Cover of "Louie's Search"

Cover of Louie’s Search

Resources:   For a whole booklet with teaching activities and discussion suggestions.  for prekindergarten discussions of self, family,

Cover of "Jennie's Hat (Picture Puffins)&...

Cover of Jennie’s Hat (Picture Puffins)

school, community and neighborhood. A booklet on social skills and awareness. for one more teacher’s guide by scholastic.

Why I love it: As the jacket says this book is for every one of all ages. Just as I think a young child won’t set still for the introduction and commentary about this brilliant author/illustrator, I also think the 10 most famous books of Keats’s featured here will be treasured. I loved leafing through the pages, pouring over his art and photographs. There is one photo of him at the beginning that is of a smiling aging Keats whose face is warm, friendly and filled with smile lines and you can readily see that children mattered to him.

I was surprised to find that he had illustrated twenty-five books for other writers before illustrating and writing his own, twenty-two in all.

This book is aptly called a treasury with ten of Keats’s best books wrapped up in its pages.

The following books are the books featured:

The Snowy Day

Cover of "The Snowy Day"

Cover of The Snowy Day

Whistle for Willie

Letter to Amy

Peter’s Chair


Jennie’s Hat

Cover of "Hi, Cat (Picture Books)"

Cover of Hi, Cat (Picture Books)

Hi, Cat!

Cover of "Keats's Neighborhood: An Ezra J...

Apt. 3; Louie’s Search and Pet Show! were the last books in what was truly a treasury.


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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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13 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Keats’s Neighborhood

  1. Wow – what a treasury! I didn’t even know Keats had done so many books! This looks terrific. Thanks for adding it to our list 🙂 Going to check out your new website! 🙂


    • clarbojahn says:

      Did you see the trailer? did ya? did ya? so excited about it but since it says I’m on amazon I haven’t been able to publize it. 🙂


  2. How fun, Clar! I’m looking forward to exploring all your author’s links. And I remember sharing many of Keat’s books with my students when I was a school librarian. Good choice!


  3. I love Ezra Jack Keats books — and to find them all in one treasury is wonderful. My favorites are Whistle for Willie and Snowy Day. Such a master of simplicity. Interesting that they included a book he never published. That’s worth reading the book. Great choice.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Actually there is very little on the book he never published, just an illustration. But it shows he never stopped working and thinking about kids. 🙂


  4. Wow, indeed! I had read Whistle for Willie but not the others…. will have to check them out in my library. Thanks Clar!


    • clarbojahn says:

      I took them all home from the library just to see who published them. Keats didn’t have an agent I don’t think. So he went to all the trouble each book to query it. 🙂


  5. Great pick Clar – Keats is one of my heroes!


  6. Laura Renauld says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this treasury. Keats is a children’s lit icon!


  7. Rosi says:

    I can’t remember ever reading a Keats book I didn’t find absolutely charming. This is great. Thanks for letting me know about it.


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