2017 Winners To Be Announced Soon!
Meet the 2016 Winners
New Writer Don Tate
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
New Illustrator Phoebe Wahl
About the Award
Known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the field of children’s books. Many past winners have gone on to distinguished careers, creating books beloved by parents, children, librarians and teachers around the world.
Our Partner: The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
In April, the winners of the EJK Book Award travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to accept their prizes at a luncheon honoring Ezra Jack Keats. The event, part of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, is hosted by the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi.