Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project

See the Winners of the 2019 Competition!


Join this year’s celebration of books!

The CJM, the San Francisco Unified School District, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation present the seventh year of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition!

The competition promotes the art and craft of original bookmaking in the classroom, and invites students in grades K–12 in the San Francisco Unified School District to design, write, and create their own books. Books are honored, showcased, and celebrated! 

important dates


The submission deadline for 2019 has passed. 


Sunday, Mar 17, 2019


about the competition
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.

MORE ABOUT the bookmaking competition

Deadline for Submissions

Friday, Feb 9, 2018 (The 2018 competition is now closed.)

Procedure for Submissions

  1. School librarian and staff select FIVE entries per category (see Entry Form for categories)
  2. Print and complete Entry Forms and submit with books. All entries must have this document securely attached to the book submission.
submit via

United states postal service:

SFUSD Library Services
750 25th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94121

SFUSD Inter-Office Mail:

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



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.

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. 


School and Teacher Programs are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Leadership support comes from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. Patron support is provided by The Bavar Family Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, Norman Berkman, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Toole Family Charitable Foundation, and Ullendorff Memorial Foundation.

Support for the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is provided by The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and Blick Art Materials. Presented in Partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Public Library. 

Image Credit

Header image: Photo by Quincy Stamper. Videos by Laurie Lezin-Schmidt.