Admission is 50% off thru March 27. Visitors ages 12 and up are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
Quincy Stamper


Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project



Join This year's celebration of books!

The CJM, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the San Francisco Public Library present the tenth year of the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Project. 

The project 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. At the end of the project, books are honored, showcased, and celebrated! Schools interested in participating in this project may visit the links below for more information. 

Important Dates

Submission Deadline 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022


Sunday, April 10, 2022

How to participate

Submission procedure

  1. School librarians and staff may select up to five entries per category (see Entry Form for categories) 
  2. Once selected, print and complete Entry Forms and submit along with the submitted books. All entries must have the Entry Form document securely attached to the book submission. 

Submission options

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 

Submission deadline

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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.