This award was established in the memory of renowned Author/Illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, to honor outstanding new authors/illustrators of Children's Picture Books. 

Starting in 2001, awards were given for both Author and Illustrators. 

 Year Award Title Honoree
 2009  New Illustrator Award  Bird  Shandra Strickland
   New Author Award  Garmann's Summer  Stian Hole
 2008  New Illustrator Award  The Apple Pie that Papa Baked  Jonathan Bean
   New Author Award  Leaves  David Ezra Stein
 2007  New Illustrator Award  Mystery Bottle  Kristen Balouch
   New Author Award  For you are a Kenyan Child  Kelly Cunnane
 2006  New Illustrator Award  Silly Chicken  Yunmee Kyong
   New Author Award  My Best Friend  Mary Ann Rodman
 2005  New Illustrator Award  The Night Eater  Ana Juan
   New Author Award  Going North  Janice Harrington
 2004  New Illustrator Award  My Name is Yoon  Gabi Swiatkoska
   New Author Award  Yesterday I Had the Blues  Jeron Ashford Frame
 2003  New Illustrator Award  Ruby's Wish  Sophie Blackall
   New Author Award  Ruby's Wish  Shirin Yim Bridges
 2002  New Illustrator Award  Freedom Summer  James Lagarrigue
   New Author Award  Freedom Summer  Deborah Wiles
 2001  New Illustrator Award  Uptown  Bryan Collier
   New Author Award  Henry Hikes to Fitchburg  D. B. Johnson
 2000  New Author Award  Dear Juno  Soyoung Pak
 1999  New Author Award  Elizibeti's Doll  Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
 1997  New Author Award  Calling the Doves  Juan Felipe Herrera
 1995  New Author Award  Taxi! Taxi!  Cari Best
 1993  New Author Award  Tar Beach  Faith Ringgold
 1991  New Author Award  Tell Me a Story, Mama  Angela Johnson
 1989  New Author Award  Anna's Special Present  Yoriko Tsutsui
 1987  New Author Award  Jamaica's Find  Juanita Havill
 1986  New Author Award  The Patchwork Quilt
 Valerie Flournoy