NYC Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition

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

EJK Bookmaking Suggested Timeline


Bringing Your Story to Life PD#2 

Led by Melissa Jacobs & Karen Rosner, teachers & librarians from the Departments of Visual Arts and Library Services demonstrate how bookmaking has made visualizing, reading, writing, and revising fun for their students. See how you can bring this engaging program into your classroom.

Bringing Your Story to Live PD#1

Inspiring and informative discussion on the power of Bookmaking for your students. Recorded after a screening of “Tell Me Another Story”.

Watch Tell Me Another Story

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

Check out what KidLit Stars say about EJK Bookmaking