Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 4, 2017

ERZA JACK KEATS BOOK AWARD

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the field of children’s books. Many past winners 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 by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. An Honor Books category was added in 2012. 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. Since 2012, the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection has co-presented 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 previously published. The award includes a prize of $1,000 for each winner.

Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award

This award, made possible through the generous support of the Ezra Jack Keats
Foundation, will be given to a new writer for a picture book written in the
tradition of  Ezra Jack Keats that:

  • Highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family
  • Reflects the multicultural nature of our world
  • Has an original text and original story (no folk tales or retelling of folk tales)
  • Unifies illustrations and text
  • Avoids stereotypes
  • Is respectful of the child’s intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity, and love of learning
  • Displays freshness and originality of language and literary expression

This award is given for distinguished writing and text, not for illustration.
The intent of the New Writer Award is to identify and encourage early talent, and so to

be eligible, the author will have no more than three children’s books previously
published. Books that have not already received awards will be given preference.
No books by committee members or their immediate families will be considered.

View the full guidelines, for more information.

To be eligible, books must have a 2017 copyright date. Entries may be
sent at any time during the year prior to the deadline of December 15, 2017.

A cash award of $1,000, coupled with the esteemed Ezra Jack Keats medallion
(inscribed with the recipient’s name), will be presented to the winning author at the
award ceremony, which is held every year in April during the
Fay B. Kaigler Children’s
Book Festival
at the University of Southern Mississippi. Further, a
handsome gold seal with the iconic image of “Peter” in a red snow suit (from The
Snowy Day
) is made available to the publisher to affix to copies of the book.
The Foundation expects that the winning book will carry the seal.

The publishers are asked to:

  • Be sure the books submitted meet the above criteria
  • Ensure and underwrite the appearance of the winning author at the
  • award presentation, along with the editor and publishing house representative
  • Agree to display the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award seal on the
    winning book
  • Send a copy of each entry to all of the members of the committee

Please email Claire Thompson or Ellen Ruffin for a complete list of the
committee members and their addresses.

Deadline for entries will be December 15, 2017.

Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award

This award, made possible through the generous support of the
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
,will be given for distinguished artwork that
creatively and skillfully embodies the essence of the story or text.

The award will be given for illustration of a picture book that is rendered in the
tradition of Ezra Jack Keats that:

  • Highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family
  • Reflects the multicultural nature of our world
  • Unifies illustrations and text (if present)
  • Avoids stereotypes
  • Is respectful of the child’s intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity, and love of learning
  • Demonstrates excellent command of the chosen medium
  • Displays freshness and originality in style and/or form of artistic expression

The intent of the New Illustrator Award is to identify and encourage early talent.
To be eligible the illustrator will have no more than three children’s books
previously published
.

Books that have not already received awards will be given preference. No books by
committee members or their immediate families will be considered.

View the full guidelines
, for more information.

To be eligible, books must have a 2017 copyright date. Entries may be sent
at any time during the year prior to the deadline of December 15, 2017.

A cash award of $1,000, coupled with the esteemed Ezra Jack Keats medallion
(inscribed with the recipient’s name), will be presented to the winning author
at the award ceremony, which is held every year in April during the
Fay B. Kaigler Children’s
Book Festival
at the University of Southern
Mississippi
. Further, a handsome gold seal with the iconic image of “Peter”
in a red snow suit (from The Snowy Day) is made available to the publisher
to affix to copies of the book.

The Foundation expects that the winning book will carry the seal.

The publishers are asked to:

  • Be sure the books submitted meet the above criteria
  • Ensure and underwrite the appearance of the winning illustrator at the
    award presentation, along with the editor and publishing house representative
  • Agree to display the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award seal on the winning
    book
  • Send a copy of each entry to all of the members of the committee

Please email Claire Thompson or
Ellen Ruffin for a complete list of the committee members
and their addresses.

Deadline for entries will be December 15, 2017.


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