We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation! The Foundation is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the EJK Award and has an impressive list of Award and Honor books that advance diversity in children’s literature and will expand your multicultural library. Many are part of the Jambo library, such as Thank You, Omu, Rain, My Name is Yoon and Tar Beach. We have also shared Snowy Day, A Letter for Amy by Ezra Jack Keats himself.
The EJK Award was created in 1986 to extend the legacy of Ezra Jack Keats, the author and illustrator of The Snowy Day, and over 20 other books that broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s book publishing.
For 35 years the EJK Award has brought attention to the new authors and illustrators who create books that, in the spirit of Keats, reflect our diverse population, the strength of family and the universal experience of childhood.
Learn more about the 35th Anniversary of the EJK Award, the books, newly created Virtual and In-person Book Discussion Guides and other activities for educators, librarians and families by visiting them here.
On November 17th at 11:30 EST the Ezra Jack Keats is presenting the Kaigler Webinar “Children’s Book Creation: Passion, Craft, Commitment” featuring Derrick Barnes, Sophie Blackall, Shirin Yim Bridges, Meg Medina, Shadra Strickland and Don Tate. Five attendees will be selected to win $100 Gift Certificates To the EJK Award Bookshop, which supports independent bookstores. Registration ends Friday, November 13.