Office of Arts & Special Projects

Ezra Jack Keats

31st Annual Bookmaking Program and Competition

Click on the image above to download the 2016 catalog.

Now in its 31st year, the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition has grown into much more than a contest. It is a program that encourages author and illustrator studies, and gives students in grades 3 through 12 the opportunity to experience the problem-solving and imaginative solutions involved in creating a picture book.

Click here to read a letter from Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

In preparation for competition, the following resources are posted below:

Click here for competition guidelines

In support of the competition, there will be a FREE full-day event for those committed to entering the competition:

Building, Writing, and Illustrating Picture Books
A Professional Development Workshop in Support of The Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Location: High School of Art and Design, Manhattan

Click here to register for the workshop

NOTE: Teachers do NOT have to attend this event to have their classes participate in the program and enter a picture book into the competition.

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.

For more information, please contact Karen Rosner at 917-521-3716 or e-mail

Office of Arts & Special Projects