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Description of the Award

What is the Ezra Jack Keats Award?

The Ezra Jack Keats award recognizes and encourages authors and illustrators new to the field of children's books who write picture books for children up to age 9.  The selected books portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world.

 

Who decides the winner?

The New York Public Library and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation sponsor the award.  The selection committee consists of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children's literature.  The Award will be presented at the Keats Awards Celebration in May at the New York Public Library.

     

When did the award begin?

The Ezra Jack Keats award began in 1985 with the first award given in 1986.Originally, the award was biennial.  In 1999, the award changed to an annual award.  The winner receives a cash award of $1,000. and the Ezra Jack Keats medallion inscribed with the recipient's name.

 

What special criteria are used to select this award?

The books must be published in the previous year. Books that have not already received awards will be given preference.  The award seeks to encourage new talent, so the author or illustrator will have no more than three children's books previously published.

 

Illustrator Award will have art work that:

  • Creatively and skillfully embodies the essence of the story

  • Highlights universal qualities of childhood and strength of the family

  • Reflects the multicultural nature of our world

  • Unifies illustrations and text

  • Avoids stereotypes

  • Is respectful of the child's intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity and love of learning

Author Award will have text:

  • Highlights universal qualities of childhood and strength of the family

  • Reflects the multicultural nature of our world

  • 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.

Why is it called the Ezra Jack Keats Award?

Ezra Jack Keats was a writer, illustrator and artist.  He illustrated over 85 children's books, and he wrote and illustrated 24 books that became well-known children's classics.  He received the Caldecott Medal in 1963 for The Snowy Day, the first children's book to feature a black kid as the hero. Other popular titles are Goggles, Hi, Cat!, A Letter to Amy, and Louie.

 

What does the award look like?

A golden circle with centered red figure of Keats's character Peter from The Snowy Day.  Above the red boy is the top-of-the-world symbol depicted with latitude and longitude lines.  Beneath the figure are the embossed words "Ezra Jack Keats Book Award."

   

 
YEAR AUTHOR TITLE   (Curriculum Lab Call Number)
2006    
writer Rodman, Mary Ann MY BEST FRIEND   (JPB  Rodman)
illustrator Khan, Rukhsana SILLY CHICKEN   (JPB  Khan)
     
2005    
writer Harrinton, Janice N. GOING NORTH
illustrator Juan, Ana NIGHT EATER
     
2004
writer Frame, Jeron Ashford YESTERDAY I HAD THE BLUES (JPB Frame)
illustrator Swiatkowska, Gabi MY NAMES IS YOON  (JPB  Recorvits)
     
2003    
writer Bridges, Shirin Yim RUBY'S WISH
illustrator Blackall, Sophie RUBY'S WISH
2002    
writer Wiles, Deborah FREEDOM SUMMER  (J  W676fr)
illustrator Lagarrigue, James FREEDOM SUMMER  (J  W676fr)
     
2001    
writer Collier, Bryan UPTOWN  (JPB Collier)
illustrator Johnson, D.B. HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURG  (JPB  Johnson)
     
2000    
writer Pak, Soyung DEAR JUNO
     
1999    
writer Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie ELIZABETI'S DOLL  (JPB  Stuve-Bodeen)
     
1997    
writer Herrera, Juan Felipe CALLING THE DOVES
     
1995    
writer Best, Cari TAXI! TAXI!
     
1993    
writer Ringgold, Faith TAR BEACH  (JPB  Ringgold)
     
1991    
writer Johnson, Angela TELL ME A STORY, MAMA  (JPB  Johnson)
     
1989    
writer Tsutsui, Yoriko ANNA'S SPECIAL PRESENT
     
1987    
writer Havill, Juanita JAMAICA'S FIND  (JPB  Havill)
     
1986    
writer Flournoy, Valerie PATCHWORK QUILT  (JPB Flournoy)

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