Mock EJK Award Lesson Plans & Materials

The Mock EJK Award Toolkits provide guidance for a group activity in which you and your students discuss, evaluate and together make a decision about what books most successfully meet the criteria your group has created for your award.

Developed for In-Person and Virtual learning, the toolkits are based upon the real Ezra Jack Keats Award process that celebrates the diversity of our culture and depicts children from the widest spectrum of ethnic groups around the world. To find out more about the award, go here.

Watch the Mock EJK Award Webinar

Topics Covered

  • Benefits of running a program 
  • How to adapt the toolkit for children of all ages
  • Special virtual tips for today’s learning situations
  • Lesson plans and a timeline
  • Sample criteria and a sample voting process
  • Ideas for producing your remote Award Ceremony
  • Background on Ezra Jack Keats and the real EJK Award


Let us know if you plan to do a Mock EJK, you’ll receive the Mock EJK Award book list. We’ll join in your celebration when you announce the winners

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See the Kids Celebrate! (1min video)

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Thank You

Special thanks to the following for their creativity, commitment to advancing the appreciation of diverse children’s literature in the classroom, for sharing their expertise and for making this toolkit possible.

From the Friends School of Baltimore:

  • John Scott
  • Andy Hanes
  • Mary Kelly
  • Frances Morrissey
  • Diana White

And to:

  • Caroline Ward, Youth Literature Consultant
  • Chris Carter, Teacher, NYC Department of Education

And to our kit reviewers:

  • Matthew Bower
  • Anna Brannin
  • Josie Bustos
  • Wendy Clark
  • Maria Estrella
  • Catherine Mangan
  • Christine Nassar
  • Montana Rindahl
  • Anjie Trusty
  • Ally Watkins
  • Roberta Woodruff