When I was in second grade, I remember reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats for the first time. The colors and shapes wove a spell over me. This was a world that I wanted to play in. Now, as a grown up, I get to live, play, and march through the snow in Brooklyn, where Keats set his story. This past month, I was privileged to receive the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor for Little Elliot, Big City. The little boy in me who grew up reading The Snow Day is quite proud. I hope to follow in Keats’ snowy footsteps, creating meaningful books for young readers.
I am also humbled to be included amongst these other talented people:
EJK New Illustrator Award for Shh! We Have a Plan
EJK New Illustrator Honor for Grandfather Gandhi
EJK New Writer Award for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
EJK New Writer Honor for Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School
EJK New Writer Honor for A Boy and a Jaguar
EJK New Writer Honor for Firebird
You can check out the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website for more details.