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 ninth annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project.
While this year’s program will look a little different to accommodate distance learning, it’s still easy for everyone to join the city-wide fun. Instead of physically collecting and awarding books, we’ll share and celebrate the books together in new ways. All types of books, including digital, are welcome!
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 the information you need, so please read carefully!
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 | 3:30–5pm
Join us for an online workshop on how to bring the art of bookmaking to your (virtual) classroom! Co-founders of Book Arts Roadshow Cheryl Ball and C.K. Itamura will guide educators through simple techniques that you can integrate into your teaching practice.
Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 | 4–5pm
Gather with us for a bookmaking celebration via The CJM’s ArtBash Live: Passover on March 21! Drop by one of several Bay Area locations to pick up a FREE art kit filled with all the supplies you’ll need. Then, gather with us on Zoom to celebrate bookmaking and intergenerational storytelling through hands-on art projects.
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.
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.