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Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project



Join Our 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 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!

important dates


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. 

Artbash Live

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. 

HOW TO Participate
  • School librarians, teachers, or students who are interested in participating can email us at We’ll reach out with ways to share your work. 
  • This year, all book types will be allowed, including digital books; we will not be physically collecting or awarding the books.
  • Post your work on social media and check out other books with the hashtag #EJKBookSF2021
  • Gather with us for a bookmaking celebration via The CJM’s ArtBash Live on March 21. More details and sign-up instructions will be provided in early 2021.
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.