Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 26, 2012

Ezra Jack Keats – Award and Grant

Did you have a picture book published in 2012?  If the answer is “Yes,” then make sure your publisher is submitting it to be considered for the Erza Jack Keats Award. 

 the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage authors and illustrators starting out in the field of children’s books. Many past winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award have gone on to distinguished careers creating books beloved by parents, children, librarians and teachers around the world.

The EJK Book Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator of picture books for children (age 9 and under) by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. A distinguished selection committee of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature reviews the entries, seeking books that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world. The EJK Book Award was co-presented by the New York Public Library from 1986 to 2011. As of 2012, the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection is co-presenting the award at the Children’s Book Festival, held in April at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg.

To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books published. The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award includes an honorarium of $1,000 for each winner.

The other nice thing they offer is Grant money.  They accept applications from public schools, public libraries, and preschool Head Start programs in the United States and U.S commonwealths and territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam.

As a writer, you can contact a school with a proposed program and let them sponsor you for this grant, and present your program to that school.  So now you have something you can try when a school says they would love to have you come in for a school visit, but they don’t have enough money.

Give it a shot.  Deadline March 15, 2013. Maximum amount $500.

Talk tomorrow,


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