The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Public Library, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition on the West Coast! To promote the art and craft of original bookmaking in the classroom, students in grades K through 12 from San Francisco Public Schools were invited to design, write, and create their own books.
Nearly sixty books from twenty-three schools were submitted and reviewed by our panel of judges. Judges ranged from authors to librarians to educators and included: Shirin Yim Bridges, Author and winner of Ezra Jack Keats awards for Best Writer and Best Illustrator in 2003; Lovisa Brown, Director of Education at MOAD; James Leventhal; Deputy Director for Development at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Judy Nemzoff, Director of Community Arts and Education at the San Francisco Arts Commission; Valerie Reichert, Branch Librarian for SFPL.
Participants were honored at an awards ceremony at The CJM on March 2. Winning books were on display from March 15 – 23 at the San Francisco Unified School District Arts Festival at the Asian Art Museum. All books submitted to the Competition will be on display in the Children’s Room at the Main Branch of San Francisco Public Library for the month of April.
This book making contest was held in conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s ongoing series of children’s book exhibitions. Caldecott winner Ezra Jack Keats was the creator of over twenty 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 public school in Brooklyn, New York.
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