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Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 17, 2014

This is our inaugural weekly newsletter of noteworthy items regarding our award winning authors, illustrators and children’s books. We hope you enjoy it! Kennedy Center to Stage MOCKINGBIRD in the Family Theater in 2015 from BroadwayWorld.com The Kennedy Center and VSA present the world premiere production of Mockingbird from January 17 to February 1, 2015 in the Family Theater. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, the production is based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Kathryn Erskine, adapted by Julie Jensen and features direction by Tracy Callahan. This production for young audiences and their families is recommended for ages 10 and up. Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson among speakers at BookCon 2015 from School Library Journal BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books to host two gatherings that spotlight authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson, at BookCon 2015. Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee Bestselling Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Must-Read 2014 Picks! from Parade.com Bestselling YA authors pick their 2014 faves and you’re not going to want to miss this list, from authors…

SAVE THE DATE: JANE ADDAMS DAY, December 10th
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 1, 2014

On Jane Addams Day, we invite you to consider how to insert peaceful practices into your life and to cultivate justice into your community. Join us in celebrating Jane Addams Day, established as a commemorative holiday in Illinois in 2006 to remind their citizens of Addams’ lifelong commitment to making the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois – and the entire world – a better place. The signing of the bill making December 10 a State Holiday brought to fruition over two years of dedicated work by Dongola Unit School teacher Cindy Vines and a team of five eighth-grade students-John Cauble, Katie Forcht, Brittany Lannom, Jennifer Medlin and Chayse Swink. They made it their goal to advocate for a state holiday honoring Jane Addams after discovering there were no state or national holidays honoring women anywhere in the USA (from: The History of Jane Addams Day, A Presentation by Jan Lisa Huttner). On Dec. 10, 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, which primarily honored her work as the founder and leader of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. When the prize was awarded, Halvdan Koht, a prominent Norwegian…