Spring 2021 Celebration to Honor the Legacy of Ezra Jack Keats Includes:
● 35th EJK Award Winners Announcement and Ceremony
● Silent Auction of Original Children’s Book Illustrations
● New Documentary Film about Ezra Jack Keats’ Impact on the Evolution of Diversity in American Children’s Literature
Starting in June 2020, the EJK Foundation kicks off a yearlong celebration to reach educators, librarians, homeschoolers, parents, and children by producing a series of EJK Award-themed virtual and in-person activities, guides, and themed book lists.
Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect an imaginative approach to experiential learning. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants in May, allowing educators to plan for the next academic year.
Winning an EJK Award is the beginning of a great career. Our 2019 winners prove the point. Thank you,Omu! By Oge Mora also won a Caldecott Honor and Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan won a Margaret Wise Brown Prize!
We’re excited to award approximately $35,000 in funding to this year’s #EJKgrant winners—69 grants for educators & librarians across 29 states. We can’t wait to see the new grant projects!
Thank you to everyone who applied & congrats to the winners!
The judges were students from two kindergarten classes and the criteria, based on that used by the actual Ezra Jack Keats Award included looking for books that: make you want to learn, tell a story about family, show diversity, excite your brain and hit your heart. See and hear the excitement and book joy when the winner is announced