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Posted 1/31/2018

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2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced

31st Annual Awards for New Writer and New Illustrator

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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at
The University of Southern Mississippi to Present Awards at
Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival on April 6th

NEW YORK—February 23, 2017—The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, announced today the winners of the 31st annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year a writer and an illustrator are recognized early in their careers for their outstanding work. The 2017 award ceremony will be held on April 6th during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.
Archer said, “I grew up in a small town and currently live in the woods, but my decision to set my story in a city park is a tribute to Ezra Jack Keats, who made books in which children who live in cities could feel seen and celebrated. I’m a person who learns best through pictures, so Keats’ clear, beautiful collage compositions became part of my early visual vocabulary, inspiring me to eventually work in collage myself. His keen understanding of the child’s point of view also deeply influenced the gentle and observant nature of Daniel, my little ambassador of poetry.”

The 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award honor winners are:

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  • Rachael Cole for City Moon  (illustrated by Blanca Gomez, published by Schwartz & Wade)
  • Elaine Magliaro for Things To Do  (illustrated by Catia Chien, published by Chronicle Books)
  • Jessixa Bagley for Laundry Day  (illustrated by Jessixa Bagley, published by Roaring Brook Press)

New Illustrator Honor

  • Gorden C. James for Crown: Ode to a Fresh Cut (written by Derrick Barnes, published by Agate Bolden)
  • Bianca Diaz for The One Day House (written by Julia Durango, published by Charlesbridge)
  • E.B. Goodale for Windows (written by Julie Denos, published by Candlewick Press)

New Writer Honor & New Illustrator Honor

  • Bao Phi (writer) adn Thi Bui (illustrator) for A Different Pond (Published by Capstone Young Readers)

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Criteria

To be eligible for the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the author and/or illustrator had no more than three children’s picture books published prior to the year under consideration.

The selection committee is comprised of nationally recognized early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature: K.T. Horning, Chair; Rita Auerbach, Jason Chin, Angela Johnson, Claudette McLinn, Sean Qualls, Caroline Ward, Junko Yokota and Paul O. Zelinsky. Ex officio members are: Deborah Pope, Executive Director, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation; and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

New Writer Honor
Rachael Cole, for City Moon (illustrated by Blanca Gomez, published by Schwartz & Wade)
Elaine Magliaro for Things To Do (illustrated by Catia Chien, published by Chronicle Books)
Jessixa Bagley for Laundry Day (illustrated by Jessixa Bagley, published by Roaring Brook Press)
New Illustrator Honor
Gorden C. James for Crown: Ode to a Fresh Cut (written by Derrick Barnes, published by Agate Bolden)
Bianca Diaz for The One Day House (written by Julia Durango, published by Charlesbridge)
E.B. Goodale for Windows (written by Julie Denos, published by Candlewick Press)

New Writer Honor & New Illustrator Honor
Bao Phi (writer) and Thi Bui (illustrator) for A Different Pond (Published by Capstone Young Readers)