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For those who have been hibernating this year, it's time to peak out of your cave, and start enjoying new spring adventures.
Yes, spring is on tohe way even though you may still have to bundle up. This spring there are new exhibits at the museums that should be checked out like America To Zanzibar, an introduction to Muslim culture at the Children's Museum of Manhattan and The Titanosaur Exhibit, a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur (sure to impress young museum goers) at the American Museum of Natural History. On March 11, we celebrate the 100th Birthday of a very special author, Ezra Jack Keats. Keats prolific books have been read by many generations of young people, and have set a standard for diversity and multiculturalism in children's book. In 1963 , his book The Snowy Day introduced Peter one of the only African American characters at that time. Keats explained, "Then began an experience that turned my life around — working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I'd been illustrating featured any black kids — except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along." His works also included Hispanic and Asian characters and urban settings. There will be a month long celebration throughout the city. Visit the
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for details.

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Myra Consuela

Happy Birthday Ezra Jack Keats!
The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats

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