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Posted on Feb 11, 2009 in Art, Awards, Books, Illustration, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Yesterday my editor called to let me know that I am this year’s recipient of the EZRA JACK KEATS (illustration) AWARD . I am doing the happy dance. Thank you to the New York Public Library (where, ironically, I was doing research when I heard the news) for this amazing and wonderful honor!

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THE EZRA JACK KEATS AND NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEW WRITER AND NEW ILLUSTRATOR AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award was established in 1985 to recognize and encourage authors and illustrators new to the field of children’s books. Many past winners of the EJK Book Award have gone on to distinguished careers creating many books beloved by parents, children, librarians and teachers across the country.

The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards are given annually to an outstanding new writer of picture books for children (age 9 and under) and are presented jointly by the New York Public Library and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
A distinguished selection committee consisting of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature review entries, seek books that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world. As of 1999, the Award is being given annually rather than with the previous biennial cycle.

To be eligible, writers must have published no more than three books, and candidates for the writer’s award need not have done the illustrations. As of 2001, an Illustrator’s award, with similar criteria, is being inaugurated. A silver medal and an honorarium of $1,000 are awarded to each of the winners.

For additional information on how to submit a book for consideration, publishers can click on the link provided to the New York Public Library website.

10 Comments

  1. Breaking News: Shadra Strickland wins 2009 EZRA JACK KEATS (illustration) AWARD! «
    February 11, 2009

    […] Breaking News: Shadra Strickland wins 2009 EZRA JACK KEATS (illustration) AWARD! Shadra Strickland is the illustrator behind the book BIRD, written by Zetta Elliott. Congrats! (announcement here). […]

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  2. Nicole
    February 11, 2009

    Wonderful!! Congratulations!

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  3. anne
    February 11, 2009

    Wow wow wow, Shadra!
    Congratulations ~ I’m thrilled for you.

    Anne Moore
    Candlewick Press

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  4. taeeun
    February 11, 2009

    I am sooooo happy for you Shadra. This is so EXCITING!!!
    I talked about your wonderful news over breakfast in Austin and everyone here were happy for you!

    xoxoxo,
    taeeun

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  5. admin
    February 11, 2009

    Thanks everyone!

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  6. Zetta Elliott
    February 11, 2009

    YAY! So it’s safe to announce it now? You’re brilliant and blessed, girl–hope you scarfed down a LOT of cupcakes!

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  7. Derrick Barnes
    February 12, 2009

    Damn, lady, you are killing!
    Did you win a Grammy the other night too?

    Congratulations. You are on your way to a very long, successful career.
    Love your work.

    ddb

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  8. Doret
    February 12, 2009

    In the future your name will be included in a lot of children’s trivia. First woman awarded the John Steptoe award. First illustrator to win Steptoe and Keats award. Thats crazy cool. Congrats

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  9. susan
    February 12, 2009

    Congratulations Shadra!

    And check this out:

    Answer the quiz at Color Online and your name will be entered in a monthly drawing. Post your reply to the comment box. Must include your e-mail to be eligible to win. Cool prizes, check out or Prize Bucket.

    Quiz #8

    This children’s book illustrator has recently been awarded the *Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Her most recent work is her collaboration with author, Zetta Elliot.

    Who is the rising star to watch? Earn a second entry by providing a reference link to her work or blog.

    coloronline.blogspot.com

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  10. Julie
    February 19, 2009

    Congratulations!!

    Reply

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