NYC Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition New & Improved

For You: Help your students process the last 18 months and improve literacy skills, through bookmaking! All the support you need with on demand virtual writing and illustrating tutorials.  

For Your Students: It’s fun, creative, and rewarding!

Plus: Read inspiring responses to the pandemic and Black Lives Matter from our EJK Essay Contest (below) that took place last year.



2021 Guidelines


The Value of Bookmaking

Hear what students, and educators  think and feel about the impact of EJK Bookmaking on their emotions , expectations and confidence.

2021 Guidelines

Bookmaking Tutorials

Everything you need to know, to lead your students through writing  and illustrating their story in a book they build. Best of all, use these tutorials at your own pace.

Coming soon

KidLit Stars on Bookmaking

The foremost creators of children’s books in this country, share what making books meant to them as kids and now as adults. Watch these shorts with your students and be inspired!!

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