What's Happening at the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation!
Congratulations to Chieri Uegaki, New Writer for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin; and Chris Haughton, New Illustrator for Shh! We Have a Plan—and three cheers for the Book Award Honor recipients! Check back in the coming days for more information, interviews with the winners, media coverage and Twitter activity.
Press Release: EJK Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals–
Common Core, Special Project Submissions Welcome
NEW YORK—February 17, 2015—The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is calling for proposals for Mini-Grant awards of up to $500 each to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants by May 1.
ALERT: Because of severe weather across the U.S., we pushed back the Mini-Grant deadline. Applications are now due by March 31, 2015!
The library in a small North Carolina town started with a list of classic children’s books and launched a StoryWalk series on the local YMCA fitness trail. Among the benefits: a big boost in library attendance, reading-related family activities and new community projects. A tradition was born!
An EJK Mini-Grant helped a group of middle schoolers in Lewiston, Maine, publish a book about their city. The students, who come from Somalia, Eritrea and Kenya as well as Maine, spent the summer researching, writing and illustrating a picture book to help younger children in Lewiston’s large immigrant community learn about the sights, sounds and foods of their adopted home.
Want more diverse reading all year round? Find new stories about the civil rights movement of the1960s on our expanded list of great picture books about African-American lives, click on the top websites for more multicultural reading, and rediscover the EJK Book Award-winning children’s books and authors you love.
Three ways to discover an American legend: the new, 50th-anniversary edition of Keats’s thrilling retelling of John Henry; our animated read-aloud, with Ezra’s powerful narrative and bold graphics; and our collection of songs and source material about the facts and the fable of the steel-driving man.