Source: Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was a pioneer in American
children’s literature. He based the lives of his multiracial characters
on his childhood but added loving parents, friends and pets.
He wanted no child to be an outsider. “If we could see each
other exactly as the other is,” he wrote, “this would be a
The Foundation accepts applications from public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its territories to its mini-grants program, which supports projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. Grants are for up to $500.