A word from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation:
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is proud to support Día in 2020 as we share a strong commitment to providing families, libraries and educators with an expanding selection of outstanding multi-cultural children's books. Ezra Jack Keats was the grandfather of diverse children's books starting in 1962, with the creation of his classic book, The Snowy Day.
The EJK Foundation extends the Keats legacy through the Ezra Jack Keats Award, co-administered by the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 1986, the EJK Award as been presented to an outstanding writer and illustrator early in their career, whose book, in the spirit of Keats, reflects the multi-cultural nature of our country. The EJK Award has supported the careers of some of today's most important makers of diverse children's books.
Additionally, the foundation’s programs include an annual Bookmaking Competition for New York City public school students and the EJK Mini-Grants awarded annually to public school teachers and librarians across the country.