Ezra Jack Keats Award Winners

Posted on July 23, 2012. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , , , |

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award is presented every year to one writer and one illustrator of outstanding children’s books for ages 0-9. Oakton Community College Library has recently acquired many of these award winning books for our collection. Here are a few examples:

book cover for Dear JunoDear Juno
Written by Soyung Pak (New Writer Award 2000)
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

“Although Juno, a Korean-American boy, cannot read the letter he receives from his grandmother in Seoul, he understands what it means from the photograph and dried flower that are enclosed and decides to send back to her a similar letter” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

cover for Elizabeti's DollElizabeti’s Doll
Written by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Illustrated by Christy Hale (New Illustrator Award 1999)

“When her mother has a baby boy, little Elizabeti, a Tanzanian village girl, makes a doll from a rock, with which she imitates her mother’s loving care of her brother and comes to love with a moving tenderness” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Garmann's SummerGarmann’s Summer
Written and illustrated by Stian Hole (New Writer Award 2009)

“As the summer ends, six-year-old Garmann’s three ancient aunts visit and they all talk about the things that scare them” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for I Know HereI Know Here
Written by Laurel Croza (New Writer Award 2011)
Illustrated by Matt James

“The little girl in this story lives with her family in a trailer in northeastern Saskatchewan, where her father is building a dam. She knows everything about the place she lives – her road, her school, the forest where she plays hide-and-seek and where the wolf howls at night, the hill where she goes tobogganing in winter . . .

But the dam is nearly finished and when summer comes the family is moving to Toronto – a place marked by a big red star on the map at school. Have people in Toronto seen what I’ve seen? the little girl asks. And with her teacher’s help she finds a way to keep everything she loves about home” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for My Best FriendMy Best Friend
Written by Mary Ann Rodman (New Writer Award 2006)
Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

“Having decided that she wants Tamika to be her new best friend, Lily comes to the community pool with a mission in mind, but when Tamika doesn’t respond favorably to her offers of friendship, Lily is forced to accept the situation and move on to someone who wants what she has to offer” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for My Name is YoonMy Name is Yoon
Written by Helen Recorvits
Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (New Illustrator Award 2004)

“Yoon’s name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn’t sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names – maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics)

book cover for Ruby's WishRuby’s Wish
Written by Shirin Yim Bridges (New Writer Award 2003)
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall (New Illustrator Award 2003)

“Unlike many little girls in old China, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based on the inspirational story of the author’s grandmother, Ruby’s Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl’s independent spirit and her courage to be different. Beautiful illustrations and a feisty heroine combine to make this biographical folktale resonate with a contemporary, girl-power audience”(Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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