What is the goal of the EJK Bookmaking Competition?
To make reading, writing, re-writing and illustrating fun for reluctant and advanced students; and to promote confidence, pride and mutual respect in the classroom.
Who is eligible to enter?
In New York City, students, grades 3 through 12, from every school in the city school system are eligible to participate. Visual arts teachers, English teachers and librarians working with students in those grades may supervise bookmaking at their school.
Is the EJK Bookmaking Competition part of the curriculum or an extracurricular activity?
EJK Bookmaking Competition activities are both in classroom and extracurricular. In either setting 10 students must participate under the supervision of a teacher and/or librarian who leads them in a picture book image and author study.
What do I need to know to bring the EJK Bookmaking Competition into my classroom?
Everything you need to know to run a successful EJK Bookmaking Competition with your students can be easily accessed through the links below:
Six short Bookmaking Tutorials (with award winning author/illustrator Katie Yamasaki): 3 for Writing, 3 for Art, divided into short segments.
Teacher & Student Handbook: Tips on mastering every aspect of the program
NYC/DOE Guidelines & Submission Form: Important Dates & Deadlines
Are there any prizes?
Yes! EJK Bookmaking Compeition City winners receive a $600 cash prize, and the Borough winners receive a $200 cash prize. All City and Borough winners, and Honorable Mention and School winners receive a bronze EJK Bookmaking lapel pin. Educators for the City and Borough winners,and Honorable Mention receive a gift certificate to purchase art supplies for their classrooms. ALL students who complete a book, as well as ALL educators, receive a Certificate of Commendation.
What is the schedule and protocol for submitting a student made book?
All the information for submission can be found in the NYC/DOE Guidelines & Submission Form.
2023 Deadline: Tuesday, January 24 for electronic form and mailed book postmark deadline.
Mail the book with Submission Form to:
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11238
Attn: Kevin Kelley
Any questions contact: Krosner@schools.nyc.gov, or MJacobs7@schools.nyc.gov