Advancing Diversity in Children’s Literature

Our Champions Winners & Honorees Discover more about the lives and inspiration of EJK Awards past and present. Publishers Learn how these EJK Award winning publishers continue to advance diversity in children’s literature. Committees Meet the amazing individuals who have joined us for this momentous year. In-Person and Virtual Activities and Guides Clip Art and […]

About the EJK Award 35th Anniversary

The year-long anniversary campaign, produced by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection will take place from June 2020 through June 2021. During this time, along with our partners, we aim to:  Anniversary Activities Conference Panels and Appearances EJK Award winners and honorees, as well as educators, publishers and others […]

Ezra Jack Keats Award Timeline

1962  The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats first book he both wrote and illustrated, is published by Penguin Viking.  1963  The Snowy Day wins the Caldecott Medal. Read Ezra’s speech here. 1962 – 1983 Ezra writes and or illustrates more than twenty books.  1964 Ezra and best friend Martin Pope establish the Ezra Jack Keats […]

Theme Resources

The EJK Foundation has also identified themes that may be of interest because of the universal experience of the subjects and therefore the rich possibilities for animated student discussion. Please choose a theme to see a synopsis of that theme and the associated list of books.

Press Room

Ezra Jack Keats Award Marks 35th Anniversary in 2021 Posted: [Date Posted] EJKF Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration with Variety of Online Resources for Kids and Adults to Honor the Legacy of Ezra Jack Keats Throughout the 2020-21 School Year June 23, 2020, Brooklyn, NY: The Ezra Jack Keats Award (EJK Award,) sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats […]

Social Media Tips

We’re provided sample posts and downloadable graphics for inspiration. Please customize and share with your networks. Sample 1: Link to 35th Landing. Post image of your celebration. “It’s #EJKAward35. [INSERT NAME OF SCHOOL OR LIBRARY] is excited to celebrate kidlit champions ✨ for the 35th anniversary! @EzraJackKeats [TAG 2 OF YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS OR ILLUSTRATORS […]

Anniversary Committees

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi are proud to introduce the individuals on our Executive Committee, Advisory Committee and Leadership Team, who have signed on to implement, honor and celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Executive Committee Our 35th […]

Mock EJK Award Lesson Plans & Materials

The in-person and virtual Mock EJK Award Toolkits provide guidance for a group activity in which you and your students discuss, evaluate and together make a decision about what eligible books most successfully meet the criteria your group has created for your award.  The toolkit is based on the real Ezra Jack Keats Award process, […]

EJK Award Book Discussion Guides

Designed to be used with a selection of EJK Award and Honor books, the Discussion Guides provide specific examples of “themes” or “perspectives” that can be used to develop active and critical reading skills for children of all ages. They include questions and activities you can use to lead your group through enjoyable and thorough […]