Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition

The 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition for grades 3-12

Deadline for submissions: January 23, 2015

We are pleased to announce the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition, a collaboration between the Department of Education and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.  Over the years this partnership has resulted in the creation of thousands of student-made picture books. Caldecott winner, Ezra Jack Keats was the creator of over 20 children’s books, including the classic The Snowy Day.  He was motivated to pursue a career as an author/illustrator as the result of an art achievement medal he received while attending Brooklyn’s Junior High School 149.

Students explore the creative opportunities that are offered to them when they write and illustrate their own picture books. They are invited to create picture books on any subject they wish

This year, we encourage students to consider creating picture books that are history-based.  These may be fictional texts with historical backgrounds, or non-fiction books.  Each school is allowed to submit one book into the competition. (See note under Eligibility in competition guidelines.)

- All school wide winners will receive medals and awards certificates.  They will be listed on the Ezra Jack Keats website and in the annual catalogue, along with the titles of their books, their schools and the names of their teachers and principals.

- All school wide winning entries will be displayed this spring at the main branch of Brooklyn Public Library.

- All borough-wide elementary, middle and high school winners and city wide winners will be recognized at an award ceremony in May, and receive a medal and monetary awards from the Foundation.

Please click here to download the 2014-15 competition guidelines and entry instructions.

All books must be submitted by January 23, 2015.

Please mail books to:
Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition
New York City Department of Education
Office of Arts and Special Projects
333 Seventh Avenue- Room 801
New York, NY 10001

The New York City Department of Education gratefully acknowledges The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for its support of professional development events related to the competition and the creation of the annual catalogue. Their continued generous support is greatly appreciated.

FREE Workshop in support of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking COMPETITION: Creating Picture Books Inspired by History
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Eligibility Librarians and teachers of the Visual Arts, Social Studies, and English, Grades 3 through 12, committed to having students enter the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition
Dates Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cost FREE!
Maximum Enrollment 60 Participants
Online Registration

This full-day workshop will include resources, guided gallery tours for all educators, and a presentation by noted author Pat Cummings. Detailed information will be sent with confirmation.

NOTE: To participate in this full-day workshop, both librarian/teacher and principal must sign an agreement of commitment stating that the school will enter one student-created picture book into the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. Once registered, the agreement of commitment will be sent to participants with their workshop confirmation. This signed agreement is required for admission to the workshop.

For more information, please contact Karen Rosner at 212-356-8569 or e-mail

Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards Catalogues

Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards Catalogues from past competitions can be downloaded by clicking on the links listed below:

2014 EJK Book Awards Catalogue

2013 EJK Book Awards Catalogue

2012 EJK Book Awards Catalogue

2011 EJK Book Awards Catalogue | 2011 EJK Video

2010 EJK Book Awards Catalogue

2009 Competition Borough and City-Wide Winners





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