Ezra Jack Keats Award

EJK Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

About the Award & Submission Guidelines


See All Winners & Honors

All about the 2022 Winners and Honorees

Writer, Paul Harbridge

Out Into the Big Wide Lake

Illustrator, Gracey Zhang

Lala’s Words

Writer, Joanna Ho
Writer, Anne Wynter
Illustrator, Marta Bartolj
Illustrator, Kenesha Sneed

Run a Mock EJK Award

The Mock EJK Award Toolkits provide guidance for an exciting group activity in which you and your students discuss, evaluate and together vote for the Mock EJK Award winners.

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