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The Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Unified School District are pleased to announce the winners of the sixth annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Celebration 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.

Nearly 90 books from 19 schools were submitted and reviewed by our panel of judges. Judges ranged from writers to librarians to educators and included: Carla Kozak, Youth Collection Development Specialist, SFPL; Liz Ozol, Program Officer, SF Arts Commission; PJ Policarpio, Youth Programs Manager, The CJM; Rachelle Resnick, Supervisor Emeritus, SFUSD Library Services; and Soleil Summer, bookmaker Exhibitions Associate, MOAD.

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.

Thank you to all participating schools

Aptos, Argonne, Balboa, Burton, Cobb, Commodore Sloat, Everett, Gateway, Grattan, Hilltop, Mission Education Center, Monroe, New Traditions, Presidio, SF Community School, SF Public Montessori, Rooftop, Ulloa, Washington

Awards ceremony

All participants and their families are invited to the awards ceremony at The CJM on Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 from 1–2:30pm. Participants and their families are also invited tospend the day at The CJM during our annual Celebration of Authors Big and Small, beginning at 10am. All books judged in the competition will be on display during this event starting at 11am.

Collaborative Early Elementary Category

First Place (tie)

Yes, David! Kindergarten, Cobb

The Seasoned Pathway, First Grade, Rooftop

Second Place

A Day in Kindergarten, Kindergarten, SF Community School

Third Place (tie)

Our Family Traditions, First Grade, Rooftop

Treehouse Dreams, First Grade, Commodore Sloat

Special Recognition

Cuando Mi Familia Está Junta and Nuestra Familia, Kindergarten, Mission Education Center

Elementary Category

First Place

Sadness at its Best, Violet Gluck, Fourth Grade, Secrets of the City Publishing & Writing Program

Second Place

Shadows, Cole Campbell, Fourth Grade, Grattan

Third Place

Cats' Night Out, Addison Bolton and Tatiana Gupta, Fifth Grade, SF Public Montessori

Special Recognition

Graffiti IS, Carlos Castillo, Fifth Grade, Cobb

Mongolia, Naomi Erdenebaatar, Fourth Grade, Cobb

My Tiny Friends, Thalia White, Fifth Grade, Grattan

A Dog's Life, Tatiana Wilson Giron, Fourth Grade, Cobb

Middle School

First Place (tie)

The Ordinary Life of a Pencil, Amia Ma, Sixth Grade, Gateway

The Hidden Tale of a Hidden Grass, Melody Wu, Seventh Grade, Aptos

Second Place (tie)

The Golden State, Amanda Zhong, Eighth Grade, Presidio

Water and Ink, Sarah Liu and Elle Bamberger, Eighth Grade, Aptos

Third Place

Face It, Ksenya Gotieb and Maya Millman, Sixth Grade, Aptos

Special Recognition

Poppy, Jaxi Cohen, Eighth Grade, Presidio

Shattered, Tammy Zeng, Seventh Grade, Aptos

Fact vs. Fantasy, Ellie Aronica, Eighth Grade, Everett

High School

First Place (TIE)

A New Life, Serena Huang, Tenth Grade, Balboa

Collection, Ella Rochelle-Lawton, Twelfth Grade, Washington

Second Place

Reminiscing, The Ring That Went Missing, Phung Duong, Tenth Grade, Balboa

Third Place (tie)

The Book of Feely Fruits, Arian Teleb, Twelfth Grade, Hilltop

Bully, Jessica Ouyang, Ninth Grade, Burton


School and Teacher Programs at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Leadership support is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. Additional generous support is provided by the Toole Family Charitable Foundation, The Ullendorf Memorial Foundation, and Carol Swig.

Support for the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition is provided by The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and Blick Art Materials. Presented in Partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Public Library. 

Image Credit

Header image: A New Life, Serena Huang, Tenth Grade, Balboa. Image galleries: photos by Lydia Daniller, Janine Okmin, and Tamra Marshall.