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 […]

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony

Highlights from the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony and Kaigler Children’s Book Festival included: Traveling to the festival in a grand caravan of extraordinary children’s book makers and one rock star librarian. Here we are, me, Chris Raschka, Caroline Ward, Brian Floca, Bweela Steptoe and Paul Zelinsky. What a group! And that was only […]

Mock EJK Award

Friends School of Baltimore Mock EJK Award Ceremony In the fall of 2018 the Friends School of Baltimore initiated the very first Mock Ezra Jack Keats Award for a children’s book published in 2018. The judges were students from two kindergarten classes and the criteria, based on that used by the actual Ezra Jack Keats […]

2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

New Illustrator Interview Micha Archer: Daniel Finds a Poem Collage is a challenge that keeps me interested. The serendipitous moment of discovering the perfect paper for the right purpose is my reward. Interviewed by Margot Abel, Associate Director, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Daniel Finds a Poem is the first book you wrote as well as […]