The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, announced the winners of the 29th annual Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition for grades 3-12.
Grades 3 - 5:
When Fall Turns to Winter by John Lee (Grade 5) P.S. 193, Alfred J. Kennedy, Queens Denise Markbreit, Teacher; Joyce Bush, Principal The winner says: "I got the idea for my book when I was outside— the falling leaves from the trees and the changing of the seasons caught my attention and became my inspiration. I've liked to draw pictures of animations and the environment ever since I was young. I used pastels for the drawings in my book because I had so many colors to choose from and because I could smudge the colors together to shade my
work. This is the first contest I've ever won, so I'm very excited! I worked really hard and my teacher inspired and helped me every step of the way."
Grades 6 - 8:
The History Wheel of Coney Island by Amelia Samoylov (Grade 8) I.S. 98, The Bay Academy for the Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn Mandi Bracho, Teacher; Marietta Falconieri, Librarian; Maria Timo, Principal The winner says: "My home—Coney Island—is such a special place and so close to my heart that I wanted to learn about its rich history and share it with others. Because the Ferris wheel is such a big part of Coney Island, I created a large, movable one that became the
centerpiece of my book. I included other famous landmarks such as Luna Park and Nathan's, too. I used different materials such as a simple cardboard box, thick paper, chalks and watercolor pencils to make the book special and to help people recognize Coney Island."
Grades 9 -12:
The Brown M Train by Kevin Zeng (Grade 12) P.S. 77, Brooklyn Amie Robinson, Sylvia Patterson, William Petrowitz, Teachers; Merryl Redner-Cohen, Principal; Ross Cohen, Assistant Principal The winner says: "I made my book as a protest. I want the MTA to reinstate the brown M train. Now I have to ride the R train, which is too slow and too crowded. So many people get off the R train at once that I can't even run down the stairs fast enough to catch the train! I love to draw, so using colored pencils I spent three months drawing pictures for my book and making a case for bringing the M train back. I presented my book to the president of the MTA. I've also started a petition that already has 506 signatures on it. I'm not going to give up until the brown M train is back in service!"
For a complete list of city-wide and borough winners, visit 2015's Bookmaking Competition
Winners at the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation's website.
Source Erza Jack Keats Foundation