Sit for a Story! 

Sit for a Story! Nancy Reiter, Librarian Home Gardens Library Corona, CA Ezra Jack Keats’ books came to life in this creative approach to an author study, culminating in permanent “reading chairs” at the public library! The Home Gardens Library hosted a 9-week series of free art classes serving children ages 5-12 taught by local […]

About the Award

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the field of children’s books. Many past winners have gone on to distinguished careers, creating books beloved by parents, children, librarians […]

Kinetic Storytellers

Kaina Boyd, Librarian LaFourche Parish Public Library, Raceland Branch Raceland, LA Recognizing the importance of youth connection to their local history in southern Louisiana and the importance of storytelling in Cajun culture, Kaina Boyd applied for an EJK Mini-Grant to share southern Louisiana history through Cajun folktales! The library held a series of four workshops […]

Found in Translation: Families Writing Across Languages

Laura Silver, Teacher Julie Schildkraut, Teacher MS 88 Brooklyn, NY Two middle school teachers needed materials for a poetry zine project that they envisioned for a 7-week poetry unit, so they applied for an EJK Mini-Grant! With the grant, 90 middle school students created individual zines of poetry written in English, Spanish and other languages. […]

Hear Us: Teens From Across DeKalb

Effuah Chisholm, Librarian DeKalb County Public Library – Clarksburg Library Clarkston, GA Effuah Chisholm wanted to provide library teens with a vehicle to learn, collaborate and express themselves. She decided to create a Teen Zine Project and applied for a EJK Mini-Grant to get it off the ground! With the help of local volunteer facilitators […]

Art or Science? Using Careful Observations to Discover & Create

Aidé Villalobos, Teacher Evergreen Elementary School Shelton, WA Aidé Villalobos wanted to introduce her 2nd grade students, many of whom are learning English as a second language, to the beauty of scientific illustration combined with art and writing activities. She decided to apply for an EJK Mini-Grant to make it happen! Students learned about Carol […]

Art or Science? Using Careful Observations to Discover & Create

Aidé Villalobos, Teacher Evergreen Elementary School Shelton, WA Aidé Villalobos wanted to introduce her 2nd grade students, many of whom are learning English as a second language, to the beauty of scientific illustration combined with art and writing activities. She decided to apply for an EJK Mini-Grant to make it happen! Students learned about Carol […]