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 eligible 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
  • Art project ideas and clip art
  • Sample social media posts and graphics


Let us know if you plan to do a Mock EJK. We’ll send you info, connect you with others doing Mock EJKs, and send you a list of eligible books.

Sign-Up Form


Print out materials to customize your displays and social media.

Mock EJK Medallion (pdf)

Mock EJK Sign (pdf)

EJK Clip Art (pdf)

Hi-Res Clip Art Images (pngs)

We’d enjoy hearing about your experiences running a Mock EJK. Please email jmccarthy@ezra-jack-keats.org. We hope to update our toolkit periodically and we might be able to add some of your tips!

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