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.
On May 15, New York City’s budding authors and illustrators receive their EJK Bookmaking Awards. We’ll post highlights of the ceremony, but for now we have a preview of the top books and a list of the winners. And don’t miss the exhibit of all the books at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, May 4-22.
For us, the high point of the Children’s Book Festival at USM is always the EJK Book Award ceremony, when new writers and illustrators mingle with picture book VIPs. Read what Executive Director Deborah Pope and winners Chieri Uegaki and Chris Haughton said about the exhilarating experience.
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!
See the winning books of the third annual EJK Bookmaking Competition in San Francisco, and the winning kids who participated! Like its New York City counterpart, the competition brings together city-wide institutions—museums, libraries and schools—to show off the city’s children to their best advantage.
Great Mini-Grant Programs
Taking advantage of available resources was a great place to start for one hands-on librarian. Working closely with a neighborhood school and a local artist-musician, she created a stellar community arts program for special-needs children. Then all it took was a group of excited kids to make it a success.
Peter is not happy—there’s a new baby in the house whose very existence is disrupting his life. How he comes to terms with this unwanted development is the story of Peter’s Chair, told and illustrated with sympathy and humor. Plus: Tots and their babies, designing chairs, and why pink and blue are baby colors.
The award ceremony of the third EJK Bookmaking Competition in San Francisco is taking place on March 15, and this year there’s even more to celebrate! The Contemporary Jewish Museum, which brought the competition to the West Coast and hosts it each year, has been recognized for its EJK Bookmaking program by the state of California! Congratulations to the CJM on receiving the State Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education!
In A Letter to Amy, Peter wants to invite a girl to his birthday party, but it’s not as simple as it seems. Things don’t go according to plan, and Peter can only wonder if he’s ruined everything.
Plus, parrots, pencil and paper, and the Pony Express!
For Ezra’s 99th birthday, on March 11, we’re giving you a present! This eight-page biography, written for kids and illustrated with Keats artwork and vintage photographs, is perfect for a classroom author study or to enrich a bedtime story hour. Just click, print and shout, “Happy birthday!”
Our 2015 Book Award winners, Chieri Uegaki and Chris Haughton, spoke to us about language, art and their roundabout paths to picture books. See why the talents behind Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, and Shh! We Have a Plan won over our jury.