Ezra Jack Keats Award 2017
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has created many programs that support children and educators as well as public libraries, schools and other institutions. Dedicated to highlighting the importance of diversity in children’s illustrated literature, the Foundation presents the EJK Book Award to up-and-coming children’s book writers and illustrators whose work continues in the spirit of Keats. The Foundation funds scholarships in art and music, and has endowed fellowships in the field of children’s literature. In addition, it protects the quality of production for Keats’s books and administers all business connected with the books and characters. The Foundation is also responsible for the Keats Archive, which resides at the eminent de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. And, 50 years after the publication of Keats’s first, groundbreaking book, the Foundation continues to offer educators and parents ways to enrich children’s lives with the simplicity, empathy and beauty of his work.
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