About the Competition

Did you know that over the past 30 years, New York City public schoolchildren have written and illustrated enough books to fill a small library? These are no ordinary books: they are all made by hand and cover a wide range subjects and genres. The best reach heights of artistry and imagination that leave readers awestruck, or laughing, or crying, depending on the author’s intention.
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Bookmaking & the Common Core

SF_EJK_bookmaking_certificateHow does a single school program address the needs of children across skill and grade levels? By reaching each child at his or her own level.
The EJK Bookmaking Competition offers students, grades 3–12, a unique opportunity to
  • compete with their own expectations of themselves, and exceed them
  • acquire the knowledge and skills they need to complete the job Read more

The Value of Bookmaking (video)

New York City students, teachers and administrators talk about the impact that the EJK Bookmaking Competition has had on their schools, their jobs and their dreams.

Award Winners


2015 Winners
2015 Press Release
Bookmaking Archive

Bookmaking West

We’re thrilled at the success of San Francisco’s EJK Bookmaking Competition—take a look!
2015 Winners
2014 Winners

How to Apply in NYC

NYC DOE guidelines

Start a Bookmaking Competition

A Teacher and Student Resource
Books and the Stories They Tell
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More About Bookmaking

Bookmaking 101
The Many Rewards of Bookmaking