EJK Bookmaking Competition – FAQ

  1. What is the goal of the EJK Bookmaking Competition?
  2. Who is eligible to enter?
  3. Is the competition part of the curriculum or an extracurricular activity?
  4. What do I need to know to bring Bookmaking into my classroom?
  5. Are there any prizes?
  6. What is the schedule and protocol for submitting a student made book?

1. What is the goal of the EJK Bookmaking Competition?

To make reading, writing, re-writing and illustrating fun for reluctant and advanced students; and to promote confidence, pride and mutual respect in the classroom.

2. Who is eligible to enter?

Students, grades 3 through 12, from every school in the city school system. Visual arts teachers, English teachers and librarians working with students in those grades may supervise bookmaking at their school.

3. Is the competition part of the curriculum or an extracurricular activity?

Bookmaking activities are both in classroom and extracurricular, but 10 students must participate with an emphasis on picture book and author studies.

4. What do I need to know to bring Bookmaking into my classroom?

Everything you need to know to run a successful Bookmaking program with your students can be easily accessed through the links below:

5. Are there any prizes?

Yes! The City Winners receive a $600 cash prize, and the Borough winners receive a $200 cash prize. All City and Borough winners, and Honorable Mention and School Winners receive a bronze EJK Bookmaking lapel pin with Peter from the Snowy Day (right), and ALL students who complete a book, as well as ALL educators, receive a  Certificate of  Commendation.

6. What is the schedule and protocol for submitting a student made book?

All the information for submission can be found in the NYC/DOE Guidelines & Submission Form .

2023 Deadline: Tuesday, January 24 for electronic form and postmark deadline.

Mail the book with Submission Form to:

Brooklyn Public Library

Central Branch

10 Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, New York 11238

Attn: Kevin Kelley

Any questions contact: Krosner@schools.nyc.gov, or MJacobs7@schools.nyc.gov