NYC Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition

NYC DOE Educators Attend Professional development for CE credit

Each year, NYC public school students, grades 3-12, write and illustrate their own picture books, books that reflect their experiences and develop their skills. The program culminates in an exhibition, an award ceremony with medals and monetary prizes and every student, who completes a book, receives a Certificate of Commendation.

About Bookmaking

2021 Guidelines & Submission Form


KidLit Stars on EJK Bookmaking

See the passion these kidlit stars have for EJK Bookmaking and sign up for the DOE Professional Development workshops. Then, inspire your students!

Derrick Barnes on EJK Bookmaking
Grace Lin on EJK Bookmaking

Sign up today for one or both of the PDs. All attendees will receive CE credit. The PD’s will be recorded and available to watch afterwards. However, CE credit is not available for post-event viewing.

Professional Development Session 1
Screen “Tell Me Another Story” a new 30 minute documentary about the evolution of diversity in children’s literature followed by a panel discussion and Q&A focusing on the importance of bookmaking in the classroom to making diverse literature a reality, rather than a hope. Learn more about the film & hear what people are saying.
REGISTER TODAY and we’ll send you the trailer soon

Professional Development Session 2

Led by Melissa Jacobs & Karen Rosner, DOE teachers & librarians will show how bookmaking has brought excitement into visualizing, reading, writing, and revising for students, ages 8 to 18. See how you can bring this engaging program into your classroom.

REGISTER HERE bring a sketchbook so you can join in

Bookmaking Inspires!

Watch this 1:30 minute video and see what Bookmaking can do for you & your students.

Students say: “I’m reading more because of making my own book.” “Making this book has increased my self confidence.” “You get more ideas from making a book.”

Educators say: “Bookmaking gives your students a voice.” “You never know what your students can achieve, so go for it!”

Bookmaking & Your Curriculum

Everything You Need

Check out our Improved and Easy to Use Resources, designed to help you run a successful EJK Bookmaking Program. Including

EJK Bookmaking TutorialsWriting and illustrating tutorials with Award Winning author/illustrator Katie Yamasaki

Teacher & Student Handbook

Guidelines & Submission Form

2021 Essay Contest

“If I could describe 2020 in two words, it would be complex and teachable, // complex because everyday life changed for everyone // teachable because it taught you to be grateful.”


Winners List

2020 Bookmaking Competition

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


Winners List