2012 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners

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2012 New Writer Award

Meg Medina

“I’m about strong girls, tough circumstances, and the connecting power of culture,” says Meg Medina about her books for young people. Her first picture book, which brings Meg the EJK New Writer Award for 2012, is based on her own memories of growing up in a storytelling Cuban family in New York. She was drawn to the genre, she says, because of its hopefulness. Meg lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia. Her latest book, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, was published in early 2012.

Tía Isa Wants a Car

Candlewick Press

A young girl in Queens, New York, and her aunt Isa save up for a car that will take them to the beach—and remind them of the family that is still far away.

2012 New Illustrator Award

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

“Same, same but different” is a phrase Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw learned while teaching in Nepal and traveling in India and Thailand—a way of looking at different cultures and of bridging the distance between them. Jenny Sue has traveled extensively in Asia and currently lives in northern New Mexico with her family. She wrote and illustrated Same, Same but Different, which earns her both the EJK New Illustrator Award and a New Writer Honor.

Same, Same but Different

Christy Ottaviano Books/ Henry Holt

Elliott, an American schoolboy, is a pen pal of Kailash, in India. Through their drawings and letters, these best friends share the similarities and differences of their worlds.

2012 Honor Books

  • New Writer Honor

    Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
    Same, Same but Different
    Elliott, an American schoolboy, is a pen pal of Kailash, in India. Through their drawings and letters, these best friends share the similarities and differences of their worlds.
  • New Writer Honor

    Nicola Winstanley
    Cinnamon Baby
    Marian, a gifted bread baker, marries and has a baby. After trying to calm her crying child for days, she uses her special skills to make everyone happy, including baby.
  • Anna Witte (writer) and Micha Archer (illustrator)
    Lola’s Fandango
    Feeling outclassed by her big sister, Lola learns to dance flamenco to surprise her mother on her birthday. A musical CD of the book is included.
  • David Ercolini
    Not Inside this House!
    In a rhyming book by Kevin Lewis, a boy explorer brings home increasingly larger animals—from an insect to a whale!—much to his mother’s dismay.