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Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project



The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM), the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), and the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) are pleased to announce the winners of the eleventh annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project! The project promotes the art and craft of bookmaking in the classroom, inviting students in grades K–12 in SFUSD to write, illustrate, and assemble their own books.  

All participating students, families, and teachers are invited to The CJM for the Bookmaking Celebration and Family Day on Sunday, March 19, 2023, from 11am–2pm. All book submissions will be on display in The Museum lobby; winners and participants should visit the lobby for prizes and recognition.

Books on View at SFPL

All participating books will be exhibited at SFPL branches around the city from March 24–May 4, 2023. Check out books from participating schools at the following library branches:

  • Chinatown Branch: Books from Claire Lilienthal, Lee Newcomer School, SF Public Montessori, Spring Valley, Marina, and George Washington 
  • Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch: Books from Chinese Immersion School, McKinley, Rooftop, and Everett 
  • Portola Branch: Books from Buena Vista Horace Mann, Guadalupe, Hillcrest, Mission Education Center, Willie Brown, Burton, and Downtown 
  • Ingleside Branch: Books from Grattan, Jefferson, Key, Sunset, West Portal, Aptos, and Lowell
Important Dates

Submission Deadline 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023


Sunday, March 19, 2023

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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 Kimball Foundation, and The Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, 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 generous support from the California Arts Council, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bavar Family Foundation, The Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, and Toole Family Charitable Foundation.