Author-illustrator Nina Crews uses
photo-collage to give her stories - and Mother Goose's - a fresh look. Is it any wonder that Ezra is a source of inspiration? Read what she says about Over in the Meadow.  


Meet Ame Dyckman, New Writer for Tea Party Rules, & Christian Robinson, New Illustrator for Rain!


You'll be hearing much more from these talents in days to come!


Keats's love of nature takes center stage in his setting of the old counting rhyme Over in the Meadow. Springtime has never looked more joyful!
Plus: Aww is for animals, counting and crafts, and why we set the clocks ahead.  
Read Across America

The Brooklyn Public Library joins Read Across America on March 7 with a 50th anniversary celebration of Whistle for Willie. Every branch in the borough is marking the occasion, many with guest readers. Expect to hear whistling!

Pajama Night 

Thursday, 7 p.m. 

March 27 


Brooklyn Public Library 

Grand Army Plaza

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Dear Friends,

Over in the Meadow, with Ezra's spectacular pictures illuminating a lovely, familiar poem, is our featured book for March. We think of this book as spring approaches because the images evoke the excitement of new life returning to the parks, gardens and lakes around us that bees, frogs, fireflies and bluebirds call home.


The month of March, if you are a public school teacher or librarian, also brings the EJK Minigrant application deadline. There is typically a rush of last-minute submissions as the deadline nears, but there is even more of a crunch this season, as many of you are contending with heavy workloads and heavy weather. To ease the load a bit, we're moving the last date for proposal submission to March 30 (the deadline is usually March 15). We hope the extra time means you won't miss out. 


Before the first day of spring and the new Minigrant deadline, we are looking forward to March 11. This year, it's Ezra's 98th birthday! If your class has a celebration for him, please send us pictures that we can post on Facebook and Twitter.


Enjoy the beginning of spring!



Executive Director

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation 


 MINIGRANT ALERT: The 2014 deadline is extended to March 30.
News about the
EJK Bookmaking Competition
In New York City...

The winning books have been chosen and their
makers are being notified...check our website in
the coming days for a list of winners and a
preview of their stellar books!

The winners of the West Coast edition of the EJK Bookmaking Competition were honored in a joyous ceremony at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on March 2. Details and photos coming soon!

An early education center launched an art and literacy project for preschoolers, brought their families into the mix and produced a beautiful booklet of their achievements. Everybody wins!


The Snowy Day was featured - twice! - in February,
at Macy's Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn
stores, with story hours and snow-themed crafts.
Above, children gather 'round storyteller Shirley Johnson at Macy's in Brooklyn.