Advancing Diversity in Children’s Literature

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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.

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THE EJK AWARD AT 35 is a trailblazer in recognizing early career creators of outstanding multicultural children’s picture books.

Webinar: Children's Book Creation: Passion, Craft, Commitment

EJK Award Panelists: Derrick Barnes, Sophie Blackall, Shirin Yim Bridges, Meg Medina, Shadra Strickland and Don Tate.

Webinar Recording Available Soon

Webinar: Latinx Kid Lit: Meet the Makers, with EJK Honorees Bianca Diaz, Juana Martinez-Neal, and Zeke Peña.

35TH ANNIVERSARY UPDATES!

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RUN A MOCK EJK AWARD as a virtual or in person program in your school or library

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Events, Activities and Guides

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.

Publishers

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

Committees

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

Social Media Tips & Graphics

Check out ideas for your social media posts. Find sample messages and downloadable graphics.

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EJK Clip Art (pdf)

Hi-Res Clip Art Images (pngs)

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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

Your Donations Are Appreciated

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

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Thank you to the following

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.