Weekly JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 25, 2015

Bestselling children’s author Pinkney to speak in Hill District “There’s this belief that we only read to and with little children,” she says. “Stories are meant to be shared no matter how old you are.” Pinkney will be talking to participants about how writers create books, and how literacy and reading enhance people’s lives. Kaufmann Center and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures are co-presenting the event. Read More | Andrea Davis Pinkney 2011, 2010 Awardee Artist Kadir Nelson’s works is a window into history Kadir Nelson’s paintings are not just art, but an education. And the folks at the Arts Council deserve praise for making an exhibit of works from his award-winning books a “must-do” for African-American History Month. “Words and Pictures: Illustrated Works by Kadir Nelson” runs through Feb. 28 at the gallery on Hay Street downtown. Adrienne Trego, the council’s education and grants manager, spent weeks preparing the guide. By the exhibit’s end the council expects to reach 1,000 schoolchildren. Read More | Kadir Nelson 2012, 2003 Awardee National African American Read-In: E.B. Lewis Meet Authors & Illustrators [VIDEO] Reading Rockets Interview “Living the life of an artist, as an artistrator…it’s this concentrated, kind of directed force and energy,…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 18, 2015

Washington: IAIS features works by Jeanne Rorex Bridges “The Sisters Series” by Jeanne Rorex Bridges, Cherokee descent, is on display at the Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington, in February and March. Read More | Jeanne Rorex Bridges 2007 Awardee Erdrich, LaDuke, Ensler unite in support of American Indian women These are issues close to the hearts of author Louise Erdrich and activist Winona LaDuke, two of the best-known Indian names in Minnesota. Next Tuesday, they will join playwright Eve Ensler at an Honor the Earth benefit. Read More | Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee Tiptoeing Along A Balance Beam: Writing And Illustrating A Children’s Book …there was one theme that connected all the books he illustrates, “and it’s emotion.” “I don’t think about the author at all. They had their opportunity to play in their sandbox, and now this is my turn to play.” Read More | E.B. Lewis 2013, 2007 Awardee Bryan Collier unveils black history month exhibit at UMES Bryan Collier, an award-winning illustrator and writer, is showing his style of watercolor and collage at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Mosely Gallery. The exhibit includes the children’s books he has illustrated, along with artwork honoring African-American history….

Weekly JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 11, 2015

The best adventure stories for kids from 1965 The 60s wasn’t just hippies and Woodstock. It was also the Golden Age of children’s literature. … Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH… these all appeared in the Sixties. Read More | Robert C. O’Brien 1976 Awardee Educating the Educators: 4 Choice Books to Fill Juneau’s Curriculum Gap “Where are the stories about Native peoples of the present day? With that in mind, I offer the following suggestions, all of which are appropriate for children in fourth grade.” Instead of Continuing On, read Tim Tingle’s How I Became A Ghost. Tingle is Choctaw. Because his ancestors were on the Trail of Tears, his story of the Trail of Tears rings with authenticity and details that are not found in Continuing On. (The RoadRunner Press, 2013) Read More | Tim Tingle 2007 Awardee

Weekly JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 4, 2015

“Trouble in Mind” Is a Hilarious Drama About Racial Tensions During Rehearsals for a Broadway Play Trouble in Mind, Charleston, SC-born African-American playwright Alice Childress’ hilarious 1955 backstage drama about racial tensions during rehearsals for a Broadway play. Read More | Alice Childress 1974 Awardee ‘Mockingbird’ debuts at the Kennedy Center The current performance for young audiences featured at the Kennedy Center, “Mockingbird,” deals with two of the most delicate issues in today’s society with such sensitivity, depth and even humor, that its insights and life lessons will remain long after the curtain closes.The play, based on Kathryn Erskine’s award-winning novel, portrays a first-person account of daily challenges of an 11-year-old girl, Caitlin, who has Asperger’s syndrome. Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee CEDARS Features Texts by Ten Native American Writers at La MaMa Through the poetic voices of contemporary Native American writers, the play gives a 21st century face to the struggles of indigenous people, depicting their adaptation into modern-day society and celebrating Native American culture and enduring spirit. Participating writers include… Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki). Read More | Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee Peninsula Fine Arts Center offers revealing showcase for African-American art Faith Ringgold’s 1991 print “The Sunflower…