Monday, October 15, 2018

Baltimore Bookmaking Farewell

Dear bookmakers,
We have decided to discontinue the EJK Baltimore Bookmaking Competition. Thank you to everyone who contributed over the years! We had a wonderful time reading your stories and appreciated seeing all of your wonderful artwork. Though the competition has come to an end, I hope that your ideas and love of storytelling never does.

Keep going!

Shadra Strickland

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Baltimore Bookmaking Competition 2018

Dear bookmakers,
The Ezra Jack Keats Baltimore Bookmaking Competition is taking a brief hiatus this year. We will return in the 2018-2019 academic school year. We look forward to reading all of your wonderful stories next year!

Happy creating,
Shadra Strickland

Thursday, June 1, 2017

EJK Baltimore Bookmaking Display

This year's Ezra Jack Keats Baltimore Bookmaking winning books are on display in the Children's Section of the Enoch Pratt Public Library through the month of June! Head on down and see our wonderfully talented student work~

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 EJK Baltimore Bookmaking Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the second annual Baltimore Bookmaking
Competition sponsored by The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Jump In Studio, Inc. and Baltimore City Public Schools.  

Elementary School city-winner:
by Emery Ancarrow & Hanaa El Fernani 
Thomas Johnson #84 ES/MS
5th grade

Middle School city-wide winner:
by Mya Nelson-Williams & Kamaya Parker-Bey
Vanguard Collegiate Middle School
8th grade

High School city-wide winner:
by Amy Artiga & Jeremiah Keaton 
Patterson High School
12th grade

The award ceremony will be held at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum on May 24 2017, during its annual African American Children’s Book Festival. City-wide winners will receive a cash prize of $500. Winning entries will be on display at The Enoch Pratt Free Library in June 2017. 

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Baltimore Bookmaking Application

Our bookmaking deadline is quickly approaching! We can't wait to see what students have come up with this year. Please note, the application has been updated year. Teachers will receive a copy of the application via e-mail, but we are also attaching it here for your convenience.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Baltimore City Educator Workshop Recap

On Saturday we wrapped up our second annual Baltimore City Educator workshop with Susan Stockdale and Liz Wolf. What a treat! Susan gave us a peak into her creative process which includes free association supported by tons of research! Her upcoming title, Fantastic Flowers (March 2017) is a wonderful display of flowers masquerading as ballerinas, parrots, spoons, and more.


After Susan's talk we shared a fantastic lunch provided by Classic Catering before being thoroughly wowed by our next activity. Lunch was followed by a fabulous bookmaking workshop lead by Liz Wolf. Please do contact Liz for art workshops, she is amazing!

Teachers were introduced to many new book structures and we all had a ball joining in on the fun! During the workshop, teachers learned how to make an accordian book, a concertina, and a pop up. What fun!

Book samples from Liz Wolf's workshops for kids

more books made by kids

A clapping book!!

Our professional even joined in on the fun!

At the end of the day, participants were sent home with free picture books provided by Jump In Studio and The Enoch Pratt Free LibraryAll in all, the day was phenomenal. Many thanks to our Baltimore Bookmaking team, and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum for hosting us. We'll see you again next year!