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Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project

The 2020 EJK Bookmaking Project deadline has passed


Join this year’s celebration of books!

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM), the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation (EJK Foundation), the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) are pleased to present the eighth annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project.

The project promotes the art and craft of original bookmaking in the classroom and invites SFUSD students in grades K–12 to design, write, and create their own books.

The bookmaking project was originally designed by the EJK Foundation in the public schools of New York City, where the program continues to flourish. Designed to motivate children to strengthen their reading, writing, and creative art skills, the program extends the legacy of Ezra Jack Keats, one of America’s greatest authors/illustrators of children’s literature whose classic books include The Snowy Day.

Interested in participating? This page has all of the information you need, so please read carefully!

important dates


Thursday, Feb 20, 2020


Sunday, Mar 22, 2020

  • School librarian and staff select up to five entries per category (see entry form for categories).
  • Print and complete entry forms and submit with books. All entries must have the entry form securely attached to the book submission.
  • Submit via mail or the SFUSD inter-office mail.


SFUSD Library Services
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SFUSD Library Services
c/o Bookmaking Celebration
SFUSD Library Services
750 25th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94121

RElated Content
The 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Awards Ceremony at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Photo by Olivia Smartt.

Participants of the 2017 competition. Photo by Olivia Smartt.


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. 

Ezra Jack Keats, “Crunch, crunch, crunch, his feet sank into the snow.” Final illustration for The Snowy Day, 1962. Collage and paint on board, 10 x 20 in. Ezra Jack Keats papers, de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi. Copyright © Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.


Support for the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is provided by The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, The Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, and Blick Art Materials and is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Public Library. 

School and Teacher Programs are made possible by major support from The Hearst Foundations and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Generous support is provided by Alaska Airlines, The Bavar Family Foundation, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, and Toole Family Charitable Foundation.