Bookmaking — FAQ

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1. What is the goal of the EJK Bookmaking Competition?

In the words of the New York City Department of Education: “Participation in this competition inspires the creative spirit in students to craft picture books as vehicles for self-expression, encourages the study of the picture book genre, and promotes bookmaking as a career opportunity in the arts.”

2. Who is eligible to enter?

Students, grades 3 through 12, from every school in the city school system. Visual arts teachers, English teachers and librarians working with students in those grades may supervise bookmaking at their school.

3. Is the competition part of the curriculum or an extracurricular activity?

Bookmaking activities are part of supervised classroom instruction, with an emphasis on picture book and author studies. The whole class is expected to participate.

4. Where can I find information on the EJK Bookmaking Competition in New York City?

For details about the bookmaking program in New York City schools, click here.

5. Where can I find more information on bookmaking in other cities?

Other cities running the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition are San Francisco, Baltimore and Atlanta. Click through to their competitions’ websites.

6. How do I start a competition in my area?

Contact foundation@ezra-jack-keats.org for more information.