Ezra Jack Keats Award Winning and Honored Books
The Ezra Jack Keats 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 Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator 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. To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books previously published. The award includes a prize of $3,000 for each winner. Learn more about this award at Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
Below are the Ezra Jack Keats Award Winning, or Honored, Books Featuring Black Main Characters
One Book Recieved The Ezra Jack Keats Award or Honor in 2009
Illustrator – Winner
by Zetta Elliott, Illustrated by Shadra Strickland
Publication Date: Oct 28, 2008
List Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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In this gentle, award-winning picture book, an African American boy nicknamed Bird uses drawing as a creative outlet as he struggles to make sense of his grandfather's death and his brother’s drug addiction.