2021 Mock Ezra Jack Keats Award

Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, 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!

And the mock award winner is: Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker

To see this year’s actual award winners, click here https://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/ejk-awards/

 Here’s how to be a judge:

1.  Get your official judge’s booklet and judge’s pin at your local library (please call your library first to see if they are participating). Download your judge's booklet (PDF) or use this one page guide (PDF), then vote on-line. 

2. Read/listen to at least three of the nominated titles between January 11th and February 28th. All the books are available either digitally from our Overdrive collection or in print through our local libraries. Some titles will also be available as read-alouds here.

3. Evaluate each book using the judge’s questions and critique forms inside the booklet as a guide, or use this handy one page guide (PDF).               

4. Vote for your favorite book by dropping off your ballot (last page of the booklet) to any local library or by casting your vote below between January 11th and February 28th.

Cast your vote online!

The nominated titles include:

The Best Worst Poet Ever by Linda Stohler
Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison
The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo by Elaine Bickell
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker
The Nest that Wren Built by Randi Sonenshine
Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey
Picture Book by Dog by Michael Relth
Soaked! by Ali Cushman
!Vamos! by Raul the Third
We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

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?

Would you like to share what you liked about the books? Why not sign up for our Reading Challenge where you can log and review books? Check it out here!

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

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