The EJK Bookmaking Competition, open to all NYC public schools, is an incredible experience for every student (grades 3-12) and an invaluable teaching tool. Go to the DOE website to get started. Then let the creativity begin!
This year, let a Mini-Grant bring Ezra’s 100th birthday party to your community! Mini-Grants will be awarded exclusively to innovative programs informed by Ezra’s life and work. It’s all part of the Keats Centennial Celebration, and everyone’s invited!
We’re thrilled to announce that Baltimore is the newest home of the EJK Bookmaking Competition! Welcome, B’more—we can’t wait to see the first crop of amazing books!
Welcome Back to School
Whether you started this week or a month ago…here’s to the best year ever!
High Honors for Honor Book
A Boy and a Jaguar, by Alan Rabinowitz, has won the Schneider Family Book Award, which is given for the artistic expression of the disability experience for a young audience. Rabinowitz shows how stuttering as a boy led him to a lifelong passion for wildlife conservation.
EJK Book Award winners often go on to great success, but this is a first for us! Misty Copeland, author of our 2015 Honor Book Firebird, has become a principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater—the first African-American woman to make that leap.
In honor of Ezra’s 100th birthday, we are calling for all Mini-Grant proposals submitted through March 2016 to have a Keats theme! Every program, from puppet shows to science projects, should be informed by one or more aspect of Keats’s books, life and vision. If you receive a Mini-Grant and use it in the summer or fall, please submit your final report quickly. We’re planning to feature the best EJK-themed programs during our year-long birthday party!
We are thrilled that Juan Felipe Herrera has been named U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. The writer, teacher and activist happens to be an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winner! His 1997 picture book, Calling the Doves: El canto de las palomas, recalls, in English and Spanish, Herrera’s childhood traveling with his parents, who were migrant California farmworkers. (See all EJK Book Award Winners)
“Lagniappe”—a little something extra—was the word at the EJK Family Concert on June 6. Dan Zanes, a former Family Concert headliner, kicked things off with a reading of the Keats story Maggie and the Pirate, then bandleader Terrance Simien treated the audience to some Creole history, Mardi Gras beads and great Cajun music with the Zydeco Experience. Spicy!
Ezra Jack Keats Inducted into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame at Sixth Annual Ceremony. Acclaimed Illustrator E.B. Lewis Presented the Award to Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
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Summer’s coming early to Brooklyn, with hot music and cool vibes. On Saturday, June 6, at 4 p.m., Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience will rock the Prospect Park bandshell with a program for young audiences called Creole Kidz. The unique Louisiana band will be joined by Dan Zanes reading Keats, all part of the summer series Celebrate Brooklyn!
Look for the Peter statue and get comfy with the kids when storyteller Tammy Hall returns to the Imagination Playground in Prospect Park. She will spin tales every Saturday in July and August, 2-3 p.m., so repeat visits are encouraged.
High school students in Cape May, New Jersey, planned to build a habitat for rescued turtles before a severe winter derailed their project. They decided that failure was not an option—so they came up with an ingenious solution that took their mission to the next level.