The 27th Annual Ezra Jack Keats / NYC Department of Education Bookmaking Competition Exhibition

May 6, 2013 - May 26, 2013
Central Library, Grand Lobby
The 27th Annual Ezra Jack Keats / NYC Department of Education Bookmaking Competition Exhibition

From the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation:
Did you know that over the past 26 years, New York City public schoolchildren have written and illustrated enough books to fill a small library? These are no ordinary books; they are all made by hand and cover a wide range of subjects and genres. The best reach heights of artistry and imagination that leave readers awestruck and move them emotionally.

The motive for this literary and artistic activity is the opportunity  to enter the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. The program is the result of the longstanding partnership between the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the New York City Department of Education. The New York Public Library has also played a central role and this year Brooklyn Public Library is playing a key part. By every measure, this initiative continues to be a great success.

Students in grades 3 to 12 in every public school are invited to participate. In New York, that means children from every borough, many of whom represent countries around the world, are recognized for their abilities. Winners have included students in gifted and special education programs, in traditional classrooms and in alternative learning spaces. Each winner's supervising teacher or librarian receives recognition as well. In that way, the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition honors those teachers and librarians who fostered Ezra's artistic talent so many years ago.

On display throughout Central Library's Grand Lobby and Youth Wing are all of the schoolwide winning students, as well as boroughwide and citywide winners.

(photos by Michael Ian)

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation About the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation:
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation supports arts and literacy programming in public schools and libraries across the country, with the goal of bringing the joy of reading and learning to all children while highlighting the importance of diversity in children's books. In addition to the Ezra Jack Keats/New York City Department of Education Bookmaking Competition for grades 3 to 12, the Foundation also sponsors the prestigious Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards for children's books and the Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant program, among others. 

For more information about the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation please visit or email:
www.ezra-jack-keats.org | foundation@ezra-jack-keats.org

 

NYC DOE From the NYC Department of Education:
Creating a picture book involves higher ordered thinking skills, well developed organizational abilities, perseverance, and an independent spirit of creativity. These are qualities of a successful individual. The New York City Department of Education is pleased to collaborate with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation on an initiative that addresses what we value in a well-rounded education.

For more information about the NYC Department of Education please visit:
http://schools.nyc.gov

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