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Silent Auction Highlights EJK Award's 35th Anniversary Events

35th EJK Silent Auction Co-Hosted by the R. Michelson Galleries, with special guest commentary.

6:30-7:30 p.m. CT / Auction ends at 7:45 pm


To cap off EJK Award Day, this evening soiree will feature some of the top stars in the world of children's literature. Live and recorded segments will feature Rich Michelson (R. Michelson Galleries, MA) in conversation with many of the nearly 30 artists who have donated their original works of art (including Bryan Collier, Melissa Sweet, Sophie Blackall, Don Tate, Rowboat Watkins and Jessixa Bagley) and commentary by the renowned Pat Cummings, Chieri Uegaki and Paul O. Zelinsky. The auction will open on March 30th and close shortly after the event. All proceeds will be used to increase the cash award for the EJK Award winners and for a new cash award instituted in celebration of the 35th anniversary for honorees.


Thursday, April 15: 10-11:30 a.m. CT

Mock EJK Award Panel, CEU credits available in Mississippi (or check with your local accrediting organization)

Librarians and teachers will share practical lessons taken from experiences during the 2020-21 world of virtual education. The panel will feature Caroline Ward, Library Consultant; Frances Morrissey, Diana White, Andy Hanes, and John Scott: Teachers and the School Librarian from Friends School of Baltimore, and Ramona Caponegro, Director of Educational Programming & Content, EJK Award 35th Anniversary; and Associate Professor of Children’s Literature, Eastern Michigan University.


Highlights include a discussion of the interactive remote classes panelists held between their college and lower school students, their unique recommendations regarding future hybrid teaching models, and employing critical analysis of new and diverse literature using criteria designed for school-aged children based on the actual EJK Award criteria.

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