EJK Award 35th Anniversary

Advancing Diversity in Children’s Literature is the theme of the 2020-2021 celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the EJK Award. Upcoming celebratory activities include the announcement of the 2021 35th EJK Award winners and honorees on March 9th, and the 35th EJK Award Ceremony at the Kaigler Children’s Book Festival (CBF) on April 13th. Featured at the CBF will be a Luminary Silent Auction, a Mock EJK Award Panel, and much, much more. The Anniversary celebration will culminate with the May 24th premiere of a documentary about EJK’s impact on the evolution of diversity in American children’s literature.

Schools and libraries across the country are taking advantage of the 35th Anniversary Toolkits and Guides developed for virtual and in person learning. Our anniversary campaign is produced in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. Stay tuned for links to the Ceremony and other events. Read on for more details!

EJK Award Winners & Honorees

To see a list of all winners and honor awards go here. The 35th Anniversary EJK Award will be announced on March 9th. The 35th EJK Award Ceremony will take place on April 13.

Anniversary Activities

Explore our webinars that focus on the insiders’ experience of making children’s books, and feature EJK Award winners and honorees. Sample our educational materials designed for virtual and in person use, including Mock EJK Award programs now in process across the country! Find more information below.

Events & Webinars

Events Calendar


Social Media Tips & Graphics

Be part of the 35th Anniversary by using some of these sample messages and downloadable graphics in your social media!

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EJK Clip Art (pdf)

Hi-Res Clip Art Images (pngs)

Learn More

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Press Room

Find background materials, an EJK Award timeline and digital assets designed for media, but all are welcome to come and browse.

Press Release and other info

Donations are Appreciated

Support the EJK Award winner and honoree prizes and help us promote more diverse literature for kids.

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Our Champions

Celebrate our extraordinary group of authors, illustrators and their books with your community.

Winners & Honorees

Discover more about the lives and inspiration of EJK Awards past and present.


Learn how these EJK Award winning publishers continue to advance diversity in children’s literature.


Meet the amazing individuals who have joined us for this momentous year.

The year-long EJK Award anniversary campaign (taking place from June 2020 through June 2021) is produced by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.