2022 Mock Ezra Jack Keats Award

2022 Mock Ezra Jack Keats Award

The Ezra Jack Keats Award was created to nurture illustrators and writers, early in their careers, who create extraordinary books that reflect our diverse population, the universal experience of childhood, and the strength of family. This year, Delaware County Libraries will be awarding a Mock Ezra Jack Keats Award and we need your vote!

Here’s how to be a judge:

1. Get your official ballot and instructions here (PDF) or at your local library. 

2. Read/listen to at least three of the nominated titles between February 1st-28th. Print versions of the books are available through our local libraries and all titles are available as eBooks. Some titles are also available as read alouds here.

3. Evaluate each book using the judge’s questions as a guide.            

4. Vote for your favorite book by dropping off your ballot to any local library or cast your vote below between February 1st - 28th.

Cast your vote online! (Beginning February 1!)

5. For extra fun, join the Mock Ezra Jack Keats Award reading challenge here. (Coming soon!)

6. You can also visit our StoryWalk, where you can read Brick by Brick by Heidi Woodward Sheffield which won the 2021 Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Award.

The nominated titles include:

Your Mama by NoNieqa Ramos
Time For Bed, Old House by Janet Costa Bates
A Thousand White Butterflies by Jessica Betancourt-Perez and Karen Lynn Williams
Jump at the Sun by Alicia Williams
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
Bird Boy by Matthew Burgess
Areli is a Dreamer by Areli Morales
Amira's Picture Day by Reem Faruqi
Shirley Chisholm Dared by Alicia D. Williams
How to Wear a Sari by Darshana Khiani

6 Questions for Evaluation:

Did the book celebrate all types of people or characters?

Did the book celebrate families or friends?

Did the book excite your brain and make you want to read & learn more?

Did the book hug your heart and make you care about the characters?

Did the characters in the book help each other or others in the community?

Did the words and pictures go together? Are they interesting to you?

To see previous winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Award, click here (PDF).

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