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2013 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer And New Illustrator Book Awards Winners Announced

In addition, the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, honorable mentions were awarded:

2013 New Writer Honor

  • Mara Rockliff for My Heart Will Not Sit Down (Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Jennifer Lanthier for The Stamp Collector (Published by: Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Don Tate for It Jes' Happened (Published by: Lee & Low Books)

2013 New Illustrator Honor

  • K.G. Campbell for Lester's Dreadful Sweaters (Published by: Kids Can Press, Ltd.)
  • Sanjay Patel for Ganesha's Sweet Tooth (Published by: Chronicle Books)

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award CriteriaTo be eligible for the 2013 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the author and/or illustrator will have no more than three children's picture books published prior to the year under consideration. 

The selection committee is comprised of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children's literature, including: Rita Auerbach, Chair, Carolyn S. Brodie, Nina Crews, Pat Cummings, Barbara Genco, Ginny Moore Kruse, Marisabina Russo, Lisa Von Drasek, and Paul O. Zelinsky.

Ex-Officio members are: Deborah Pope, Executive Director, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.

For a complete list of Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winners, visit www.ezra-jack-keats.org/news/ezra-jack-keats-award-winners/

For information about submissions, visit www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/degrum/public_html/html/keats_writer.shtml

About the Ezra Jack Keats FoundationFounded by the late Caldecott award-winning children's book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Foundation supports arts and literacy programming in public schools and libraries across the country, with the goal of bringing the joy of reading and learning to all children while highlighting the importance of diversity in children's books. In addition to the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the Foundation sponsors the Ezra Jack Keats/New York Department of Education Bookmaking Competition for grades 3-12, and the Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant program, among others. For information about the Foundation, please visit www.ezra-jack-keats.org.

About the de Grummond Children's Literature CollectionThe de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. The Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ mostly American and British published books dating back to 1530. Since 1985, the de Grummond Collection has been the home of the Ezra Jack Keats Archive, which includes manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for Ezra Jack Keats' books.

Contacts:   Sheree Wichard / Donel Young   718-788-9585 / 732-295-2406     sheree@wy-pr.com / donel@wy-pr.com

SOURCE Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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