Dear Friends,                           October 2015

It's officially fall, and we're back at our desks, immersed in learning, teaching and working to achieve our goals for the year. For some educators in New York City, San Francisco and now Baltimore, it means signing up their classes for the EJK Bookmaking Competition. And for some kids - and certain grownups - it means coming up with the best Halloween costume ever! 

One of our goals is to shine a light on Ezra's backlist - the books you may have forgotten or not yet discovered. They deserve to be showcased, as you'll see. My favorite, Apt. 3, is our featured book this month.

Other Keats books may come in handy in October, too. It's National Bullying Prevention Month, and there are many online resources that help schools, parents and students send an anti-bullying message. With younger kids, we recommend reading Goggles! to start the discussion. (Spoiler alert: The little boys win!)

There's also a Keats cure for overstimulated trick-or-treaters. Reading The Trip at bedtime makes a lovely Halloween tradition.

NYC Teachers: Join Us! 
Find out what a great experience the EJK Bookmaking Competition is for you and your students (grades 3-12). Visit the DOE website to get started, then get ready to be amazed by what your kids can do!

However you enjoy this quintessential autumn month, I hope it's filled with your favorite books!


Executive Director
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Bringing the multicultural spirit of Ezra Jack Keats into children's lives and literature

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Tip: What is the goal of your Mini-Grant program? 
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