Quincy Stamper

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM), the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) are pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition on the West Coast! To promote the art and craft of original bookmaking in the classroom, students from San Francisco Public Schools in grades K through 12 were invited to design, write, and create their own books.

Over ninety books from twenty schools were submitted and reviewed by our panel of judges. Judges ranged from writers to librarians to educators and included: Lovisa Brown, education consultant; Christy Estrovitz, Manager of Youth Services, SFPL; Marcus Ewert, author; Pierre-François Galpin, Assistant Curator, The CJM; and Liz Ozol, Arts Education Program Officer, SF Arts Commission.

This bookmaking competition is inspired by the work of Caldecott winner Ezra Jack Keats, the creator of over twenty children’s books, including the classic The Snowy Day. He was motivated to pursue a career as an author/illustrator as the result of an art achievement medal he received while attending public school in Brooklyn, New York.

Heartfelt thanks to all participating schools:

Aptos, Argonne, Burton, Chinese Education Center, Fairmount, Feinstein, Francisco, Grattan, Lakeshore, Lau, Lowell, Malcolm X, New Traditions, Rooftop, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Sloat, SF Community, Spring Valley, Sunset

Awards Ceremony

The fourth annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition on the West Coast was presented by The CJM, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, and the SFUSD on Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 at The CJM. See photos from the awards ceremony on The CJM's Facebook page:

Collaborative Early Elementary Category

First Place

Mind Blowing Idioms, Second Grade, Rooftop

Second Place

Bea The Wonder Dog, First Grade, Grattan

Third Place (Tie)

Big Book of Animal Mysteries and Magical Folktales, First Grade, Sloat

Happy Places, Kindergarten/First Grade, SF Community

Special Recognition for San Francisco Story

Adventures of Terra Cotta Soldiers, Third Grade, Chinese Education Center

Special Recognition for Best Interactive Book

Our Trip to the Zoo, Kindergarten, Malcolm X

Humanitarian Award

Help the Homeless, Fourth Grade, Fairmount

Elementary Category

First Place

Book Kitchen!, Amia Ma, Fourth Grade, Sloat

Second Place

Cake, Cake and More Cake, Luise Amani Johnson, Second Grade, New Traditions

Third Place (Tie)

Secret Life of Cece: My Cat Siena’s Kitten Diary, Thalia White, Third Grade, Grattan

Map’s Adventure, Solomon Beckett Johnson Rabidoux, First Grade, Grattan

Middle School Category

First Place (Tie)

Anything Kid, Raquel MacMillan and Olivia Chaplin, Seventh Grade, Rooftop

Simply Better, Annabelle Liang and Abigail Lew, Seventh Grade, Aptos

Second Place (Tie)

Granny’s Tales, Alegria Jeremias-Lin and Chloe Shannon, Seventh Grade, Aptos

X Marks the Spot, Keil Fehlberg and Owen Riess, Seventh Grade, Aptos

Third Place (Tie)

The Egg’s Beginning, Sandra Chu and Lena Wu, Seventh Grade, Aptos

Sofi and the Chick, Naomi Manuel, Sixth Grade, Rooftop

Special Recognition for Poetry Books

SF Community

Special Recognition for Creative Nonfiction


High School Category

First Place

Lazy Janelle vs. Hard Working Janelle, Janelle Kung, Twelfth Grade, Lowell

Second Place

Two Sides of #Social, Jennifer Cheung, Tenth Grade, Lowell

Third Place (Tie)

Eight is Better Than One, Corie Chen, Ninth Grade, Burton

Superpowers I Wish I Had, Kyree Hayes, Ninth Grade, Burton

Special Recognition for Concept

By Land, By Sea, By Sky, Hannah Cosselmon, Tenth Grade, Lowell

Special Recognition for Humor

Waiting for Lunch, Costin Smilovici, Ninth Grade, Burton


Presented in Partnership with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the San Francisco Public Library, with additional support from Blick Art Materials.

School and Teacher Programs at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Target. 

Image Credit

Header image: Free Roses, from the 2016 Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Awards Ceremony. Photo by Quincy Stamper.