Peter’s Chair

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

“Peter’s Chair”
1967 - ISBN: 978-0140564419

Peter has a new sister. First, his father paints Peter’s old cradle and crib pink. Then his parents want to paint Peter’s chair! “Let’s run away, Willie,” he says to his dog. And they do. This is a gentle, reassuring story about sibling rivalry.

Fun Fact: “Peter’s Chair” is the only book in which Peter’s father plays a central role. A devoted dad, he helps Peter adjust to his new role as big brother to a new baby. Ezra’s stories focused on children, but loving parents were never too far away.