WH-Feb-190-BAAnnouncing the 2015 EJK Book Award Winners

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.

group cropPress 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!

WH-Feb-190-mgMini-Grant Moments

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!

Lewiston1-300Bonus! Mini-Grant Moments

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.

MLK_WHCelebrate Black History

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.

johnhenry_190x152All About John Henry

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.