by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

Sometimes in publishing, stories come together in ways that one could never have imagined. A year ago, the first issue of OutlooK-12 magazine premiered. From the beginning, we had a School Library section, and the very first book we reviewed was Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.”  Now, with our magazine celebrating it’s first birthday and with the Ezra Jack Keats’ Foundation celebrating what would have been Keats’ hundredth birthday, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to Keats’ timeless children’s books. We would like to thank the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for the book summaries, fun facts and cover images. To learn more about the foundation’s ongoing activities and events in honor of Keats’ birthday, visit http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/

1969 - ISBN: 978-0140564402

Peter has found a rare treasure, a pair of old, beat-up motorcycle goggles. He and his best friend, Archie, are on their way to Archie’s front stoop with their prize when they run into a neighborhood gang that wants those goggles too. What the bullies don’t understand is how hard it is to catch two smart boys and one crafty dog.

Fun Fact: “Goggles!” introduces Archie, Peter’s best friend who takes center stage in “Hi, Cat!” and “Pet Show!” Ezra once said that of all his characters, Archie was his favorite. Quiet but ingenious Archie was based on Ezra’s best friend, Martin Pope.