EJK Bookmaking Past Winners

2021

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“This pandemic is helping me to understand life. Things could be worse. I laugh and smile to stay positive, because I know one day this rollercoaster will stop and life will become normal again.”—Jard Wilson, borough winner

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2020

“My story became about how humans can save the earth for young people like me, and future generations of kids all over the world.” —Sophia Wright, borough winner

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2019

“I want others to know that just because this book has so few words, it is not only a kid’s book. The ideas are universal and apply to other families all around the world.” —Lizbeth Vargas, borough winner

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2018

“Books have inspired me, and my love for reading continues to grow. I worked so hard on this book. I drew, wrote, colored and edited almost every day. Working in pencil, Sharpie, crayon and finally watercolor, I created my book. This has been an amazing experience and one that I will never forget!” —Raymond Chen, city winner

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2017

“I thought about colorful and happy things, such as rainbows…and about how they would be without color….Showing the emptiness in a world without color, I hoped to show the necessity of color, diversity and individuality in our world.”—Delia Lima, Bronx borough winner

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2016

“The inspiration came from my friend, who, like one of the main characters in my book, gets picked on in school. I hope that this book will give her confidence….Even though it was hard work, I am so glad that I made it.” —Amarion Kent, Manhattan borough winner

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2015

“Inspiration is not something that can be perfectly described….I let a word or a phrase stimulate my power of expression….My subconscious chose to tell the story….”
—Laura Wang, Manhattan borough winner

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2014

“In creating this book I realized that not only the story, but also my feelings can be expressed through art.” —Karina Yusupova, Queens borough winner

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2013

“Creating a book allows you to use all of the skills you have learned. It was hard work making my book but worthwhile.” —Ciara Sweeney, 2013 Queens borough winner

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2012

“It was fun but hard work creating our book….When we finished we realized that all that work was worth it.” —Bryan Villamar, 2012 Manhattan borough-wide winner

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2011

“Books have inspired me, and my love for reading continues to grow. I worked “When I started I never imagined my book would come out this way. I didn’t know I was capable of drawing like this.” —Chelsea Hagan-Brown, 2011 Bronx borough-wide winner

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2010

“Books have inspired me, and my love for reading continues to grow. I worked “Although the process…was very complicated it really made me use my imagination…it was worth the effort to accomplish making a picture book.” —Leila Johnson, 2010 city-wide winner

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