TO: Visual Arts Teachers, Librarians, and Teachers of English, Science and Social Studies, Grades 3 - 12
RE: 2nd Annual Ezra Jack Keats Atlanta Bookmaking Project
We are pleased to announce the 2nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition, a collaboration between Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Blue Cloud Literacy Collaborative, Atlanta Public Schools Media Services, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. This partnership will result in the creation of thousands of student-made picture books. Caldecott winner, Ezra Jack Keats was the creator of over 20 children’s books, including the classic The Snowy Day. He was motivated to pursue a career as an author/illustrator as the result of an art achievement medal he received while attending Brooklyn’s Junior High School 149.
Students explore the creative opportunities that are offered to them when they write and illustrate their own picture books. They are invited to create picture books on any subject they wish.
•All grade level winners (grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) will receive medals and awards certificates. They will be listed on the Ezra Jack Keats website and in the annual catalogue, along with the titles of their books, their schools and the names of their teachers and principals.
•All grade level winning entries will be displayed this spring at the Atlanta-Fulton Auburn Avenue Research Library
•All city-wide winners will be recognized at an award ceremony in April at Auburn Avenue Research Library, and receive a medal and monetary awards from the Foundation.
NOTE: ALL STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTIONS WILL BE INVITED TO THE MAY CEREMONY AND BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
The link to the packet includes the following:
Declaration of Originality and Author’s Statement
Consent and Release Form
It’s More than a Competition: Suggested Enrichment
Submission must be received by Atlanta Public Schools Media Services
by 5:00PM on March 8, 2019.
View the catalog of previous winning entries at http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/EJK_2016_Book_Awards_web.pdf
- Judging is based on quality of writing, illustrations, layout, and general presentation.
- The jury is composed of noted authors, librarians, artists, and educators.
Check this website on February 26th for citywide finalist. Notification will also be provided by the Atlanta Public Schools Media Services.
- Citywide Awards - Ezra Jack Keats Medal & $500*
- School Awards – Ezra Jack Keats Pin
- All school winners will receive pins with returned books
* For books with 2 collaborators, monetary awards will be shared.