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Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition

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On February 21, 2013 the Contemporary Jewish Museum hosted the awards ceremony for the Ezra Jack Keats bookmaking competition. An annual New York City school tradition for over 25 years, this was the first time the event was ever held on the West Coast, owing to our hosting of the exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats.
The schools of snow-free Northern California are no strangers to The Snowy Day, published in 1962 and the first modern full-color picture book to feature an African American protagonist. Students from San Francisco Public Schools and Bay Area Jewish Day Schools were invited to participate, and over 50 entries from 19 schools were entered into the competition.
So how was the New York spirit and playful sensitivity Keats was known for interpreted by Bay Area students? Here are some of the winners: