Advancing Diversity in Children’s Literature

At 35, the EJK Award is a trailblazer in recognizing early career creators of outstanding multicultural children’s picture books.

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Our Champions

Winners & Honorees

Discover more about the lives and inspiration of EJK Awards past and present.


Learn how these EJK Award winning publishers continue to advance diversity in children’s literature.


Meet the amazing individuals who have joined us for this momentous year.

In-Person and Virtual Activities and Guides

Clip Art and Graphics

Download these images to use in your activities and projects.

Clip Art (pdf)

Hi-Res Clip Art Images

Social Media Tips & Graphics

Check out ideas for your social media posts. Find sample messages and downloadable graphics.

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Learn More

Sign up for info about the 35th Anniversary. Become a part of the celebration and receive news, tips and activity toolkits.

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Press Room

Find background materials, an EJK Award timeline and digital assets designed for media, but all are welcome to come and browse.

Background on Ezra Jack Keats (pdf)

Your Donations Are Appreciated

Support the EJK Award winner and honoree prizes and help us promote more diverse literature for kids.

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Thank you to the following

The year-long EJK Award anniversary campaign (taking place from June 2020 through December 2021) is produced by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.