Congratulations 2023 EJK Bookmaking Students!
Take a Peak inside the Winning Books
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It’s Okay to Bee Unique
by Coco Lee and Demi Lee
by Hailey Li
Delilah Loves Her
by Arna Asad
Visit the Brooklyn Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza to see the actual books at the EJK Bookmaking Competition Exhibition May 2 – May 31.
Gracey Zhang, Artist/Illustrator
Guest Judge and Speaker
Gracey Zhang is an award-winning illustrator and author with a BA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She received the Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Award for her debut picture book, Lala’s Words. Her clients include, The New York Times, NBC, VICE, and many others. Gracey has also illustrated The Big Bath House, Nigel and The Moon, and The Upside Down Hat which was a New York Times Library Best Illustrated Book of 2022. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.You can explore more of Zhang’s work on her website, at www.graceyzhang.com/ or on her Instagram page, @graceyyz
Karen Rosner, Director of Visual Arts, NYC Dept. of Education, Melissa Jacobs, Director, Office of Library Services, NYC Dept. of Education, Judy Zuckerman, Director of Youth & Family Services, Brooklyn Public Library, Kevin Kelley, Coordinator School Age Services, Brooklyn Public Library, Sally Chen, EJK Bookmaking Competition Manager, Brooklyn Public Library
To the teachers, librarians, administrators and families who facilitated the work of all the students who created books for this competition.
To the EJK Bookmaking Jury, a group of dedicated professionals who gathered in person to serve as judges for the 2023 EJK Bookmaking Competition:
Lex Abenshon, Director, Children’s Programs and Services, New York Public Library, Morgan Boyle, Associate Manager, After School, New York Public Library, Wynter Carnevale, Visual Arts Teacher, NYC Public Schools. Marietta Falconieri, School Librarian, NYC Public Schools, Vincent Hyland, Library Coordinator, NYC Public Schools, Claire James, Information Assistant, New York Public Library, Annie Lin, Children’s Librarian, New York Public Library, Mary Naimool, Children’s Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, Gracey Zhang, Guest Author/Illustrator
To Penguin Random House, who generously donates gift bags filled with new books for the student winners and honorable mentions, and their teachers and librarians every year.