The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Advancing Diversity in Kidlit for 35 Years!

The EJK Award is a trailblazer in recognizing early career creators of outstanding multicultural children's picture books. Celebrate our extraordinary group of authors, illustrators and their books with your community.

Learn more about our 35th Anniversary Campaign (2020/21). Discover Virtual and In-Person activities and guides for all, and Sign-up to receive Campaign updates.

Children’s Book Creation: Passion, Craft, Commitment

Derrick Barnes, Sophie Blackall, Meg Medina, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, and Shirin Yim Bridges discuss their passion and diversity in Children’s Literature. Recorded Webinar available soon.

Latinx Kid Lit: Meet the Makers

Bianca Diaz, Juana Martinez-Neal and Zeke Peña, gave us a tour of their studios and discussed the process of making an EJK Award Honor Book.

EJK Bookmaking Competition

Inspires avid and reluctant readers to tell their own stories and strengthen their literacy skills at the same time.

EJK Mini-Grants

We award up to 70 EJK Mini-Grants each year to public schools and libraries for creative and innovative programs.

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What’s New

Kicking off a year-long celebration with EJK Award-themed virtual and in-person activities, guides, and themed book lists.