Dr. Rodney Bennett

“In a way that only Ezra Jack Keats could capture, he reminds us of the innocence of childhood as we begin to embrace letting go of the things that once seemed so important. We can all follow Peter’s example as we progress into new stages of life and leave the past behind us.”

Baby It’s You

Bringing Up Babies Watch as these intrepid tots meet their tiny siblings— and take on some challenging chairs Sibling Revelry Sure, your little sister or brother may bug you now, but don’t underestimate the important role Sis or Bro will continue to play in your life. April 10 is National Siblings Day, time to show […]


Peter’s younger sister appears first as a newborn whom Peter reluctantly accepts. As a young girl, she’s capable, enthusiastic and caring. A great friend to shy Louie, she brings him out of his shell and joins him for adventures.

Peter’s Mother & Father

Though never named, Peter’s parents are his gentle supporters. His mother is a confidante and source of comfort; his father is a role model and source of encouragement. Peter roams freely around the neighborhood, but Ezra gives Peter’s parents only one role: to provide warmth, protection and love at home.


Willie is a dachshund with a mind of his own. He is Peter’s loyal and protective friend, yet he’s frisky enough to chase other kid’s pets, even when it means ruining the plans of his beloved Peter.


The central figure in Ezra’s “neighborhood books,” Peter is unforgettable as a sweet little boy in a red snowsuit playing in the snow. He grows up to be a regular kid, coming to terms with a new baby sister and hanging out with his dog and his friends. While Peter is bright, imaginative and fun-loving, […]