Dear Friends,                                March 2015

March is a big month for Keats people. Educators around the country will be submitting Mini-Grant proposals up until the extended deadline of March 31. San Francisco student bookmakers will be celebrated at the EJK Bookmaking ceremony, on March 15. And then there is Ezra's 99th birthday, on March 11, which reminds us why we do any of it: to ignite the spirit of creativity and joy of reading in children's lives.

Speaking of the EJK Bookmaking Competition, "award-winning" is now an apt descriptor, thanks to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which was recently honored by state of California for adopting the program. We are thrilled to see the worthy CJM be awarded for excellence, and one of our core programs receive this level of recognition.

Alert: The extended Mini-Grant deadline is March 31!
Ezra's Turning 99!

To celebrate, we got you a present! A new illustrated biography of Keats, written for kids, is available at the link. Just click and print!

A Letter to Amy

Peter tries to invite Amy to his birthday party, but upsets her instead. Was it a mistake to invite a girl? Plus, the art of letters, and feathered friends.

A Boon to Bookmaking 

The West Coast EJK Bookmaking Competition celebrates its third season, and wins an award of its own!

New! Book Award Interviews 

Find out what 2015 winners Chieri Uegaki and Chris Haughton told us about their paths to picture books.

Our featured book for March, A Letter to Amy, makes us think of our favorite kind of mail-letters to Ezra from young readers. This correspondence is most often a class assignment, and we love to answer it, just as Ezra did. These days, receiving a letter is a rare prize indeed.  


Executive Director
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Bringing the multicultural, 
 creative spirit of  
Ezra Jack Keats  
into children's lives  
and literature
Great Mini-Grants

A summer school program introduces immigrant students to their new home and helps the community welcome its new arrivals.

Children's Book Makers We Love

Find old and new favorites among these children's book writers and illustrators, celebrated all last month on Twitter and Facebook and now collected here.

Bedtime Stories