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San Francisco Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition  

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Important Dates

March 3, 2017

  • Submissions due to School Librarian

March 10, 2017

  • Selected finalist due at SFUSD

March 27, 2017

  • Winners Announced!

April 9, 2017

  • Bookmakers Reception & Awards Ceremony

April - May 2017

  • Books on display at SF Public LIbrary

May 2017

  • Books returned to students


2017 EJK Bookmaking Competition

Celebrate the Art and Craft of Bookmaking!  

All students K-12 are invited to enter the 5th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition

Students write, illustrate and design their own original stories - fiction or nonfiction

  • Teachers... build on the writing your students have been doing and extend their work into a handmade book.
  • Collaborate with your librarian, art parents and art teachers.
  • Students in K-2 classrooms may enter a class book.
  • Students in Grades 2-12 create individual books or may work in pairs.


Deadline for School Level Judging - Friday, March 3, 2017 after school

Deadline for SFUSD submission - Friday, March 10, 2017


Why Bookmaking?

Watch this video and spot a few familiar Rooftop friends!


Competition Caregories

K-2 Early Elementary Collaborative  

Grades 2-5 Elementary Category 

Grades 6-8 Intermediate Category 

*4 Finalists from each category will be submitted from Rooftop 

**All finailsts are invited to the celebration reception at the CJM Sunday April 9th, 2017


Competition Guidelines

  • All work must be ORIGINAL and student created
  • Books must be handmade and handbound (no staples or prebound books)
  • Books must be made as part of ongoing instruction - teacher or librarian directed
  • Emphasis on illustrated stories
  • Text may be typed or handwritten
  • All art media acceptable
  • Book must be no larger than 15" x 18"

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