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Book Highlight: part 3
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 27, 2015

The third installment of our six part series on the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony features the introduction given by Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee Member Mary Napoli for Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst and published by Kids Can Press, named an Honor Book for Younger Children. A highlight of the ceremony was having Razia Jan with us! Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education is based on students’ experiences at the Zabuli Education Center for Girls in Afghanistan founded by humanitarian Razia Jan whose work has been recognized worldwide. Young Razia’s dream is to become educated and eventually teach others. Little does her family know that she actually learned how to read by sounding out words. When the news arrived that a girl’s school was being built in her village, Razia’s grandfather and mother supported her desire to attend. However, she had to convince her father and oldest brother of the many benefits that an education would provide her, her family and their community. Thank you, Elizabeth Suneby, for writing this powerful and deeply moving story for children that…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 25Mar2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 25, 2015

Noted author visits SMS Author Deborah Hopkinson stopped by Sedalia Middle School on March 13 to speak to fifth and sixth grade students. The author of more than 45 books for young readers, many historical fiction works, was in the area for the Literature Festival hosted at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, so she was able to come to Sedalia to speak with young readers. Read More | Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 AwardeeShutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924 by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 AwardeeBand of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson 2000 Awardee Louise Erdrich on Wilma Mankiller, the First Female Cherokee Chief Let’s replace Andrew Jackson – who defied the Supreme Court and brutally evicted the long-farming Cherokee onto the Trail of Tears – with Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee 8 Illuminating Quotes by Author Lois Lowry To celebrate the author’s 78th birthday today, we gathered eight illuminating quotes from her novels. We hope her words above will encourage and…

Book Highlight: part 2
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 20, 2015

The second installment of our six part series on the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony features the introduction given by Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee Member Heather Palmer for We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, and published by Jump at the Sun, an imprint of Disney-Hyperion, named an Honor Book for Younger Children. We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, is written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. It is published by Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group. Many of us are familiar with the song, “We Shall Overcome,” which has come to represent the civil rights movement, but how many of us know its long history, the details about how and why it has evolved, or the extent of its global impact? This slim album interweaves the history of this song with the history of the struggle for justice in the United States, and demonstrates the power of individuals coming together to make change. The reasons this title rose to the top for our committee are numerous, but we particularly admired the attention Ms. Levy and Ms….

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 18Mar2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 18, 2015

Minneapolis writer Louise Erdrich wins Library of Congress American fiction prize The honor, announced Monday night, goes to the author of a string of critically acclaimed novels, most of which center on the Indian experience in contemporary and historic America. Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee ASU journalism professor pens new book on Arthur legend Renzulli bumped into award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, who is also the director of the Virginia C. Piper Creative Writing Center at ASU.“We got on the subject of fiction writing and Jewell offered to read one of my novels,” Renzulli said. “She read it and said, ‘You have potential…’” Parker spent a full year with Renzulli, teaching him about plot, pace, tension and subtext. The result was “Caliburn: Merlin’s Tale,” which was published this month by Bagwyn Books, a program of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Read More | Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 AwardeeThe Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee Pupils at Debden Park High School visited by world famous authors for Book Week Award-winning author Beverley Naidoo introduced Year Eight pupils to her books including Journey to Jo’burg. Read More | Out…

Book Highlight: part 1
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 13, 2015

Now for the first installment of our six part series on the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee Chair Ann Carpenter of Seeing Red, an Honor Book for Older Children, by Kathryn Erskine. Seeing Red, by Katheryn Erskine and published by Scholastic Press is named an Honor Book for Older Children. In the early 1970’s, twelve year old Red struggles with the damage his actions have caused to his friendship with an older African American boy, while at the same time trying to right a centuries-old racial injustice connected to his beloved family. Realistically complicated characters and situations breathe life into this story of a young man creating change in both his community and himself. Introduction by Ann Carpenter “The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.” This quote from William Faulkner seems to go straight to the heart of Seeing Red. White sixth grader Red is distraught when he learns that his mother wants to sell their Virginian house and garage after his father passes away in the early 1970s. As he struggles to find a way to stay in the house that…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 11Mar2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 11, 2015

Children’s Books for Women’s History Month Women’s History Month celebrates the accomplishments of women like Amelia Earhart, Sojourner Truth, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The following recommended books for kids ages 0-9 will inspire boys and girls alike to dream and dare. Read More | Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee Author Deborah Ellis reads to students at library Ellis read some of her work to students from Cornerstone Christian Academy, and answered questions about the work she puts into writing her novels. Read More and More | The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis 2005 AwardeeThe Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis 2004 Special CommendationParvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee Illustrator E. B. Lewis visits Hess Educational Complex Lewis’s visit was initiated by media specialists Kristen Mulraney and Janet Yunghans. The Hess library was already filled with many of the 75 books that E. B. Lewis has illustrated over the years. “I was thrilled when E.B. accepted our invitation and helped us to celebrate art, books and Black History Month.” Read More | Each Kindness illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 AwardeeNight Boat to Freedom pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee Author Joseph Bruchac to receive Festival…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 4, 2015

Ready, Set, ReadThree local children’s authors have been hard at work. Here are a few recent arrivals to thrill your kids – from toddlers to tweens. Tiger BoyBy Mitali Perkins | Illustrated by Jamie Hogan For ages seven to 10 (grades two to five). Author of the popular Rickshaw Girl, Orinda resident Mitali Perkins brings us another fresh tale in Tiger Boy. A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection for 2015, the story follows Bengali schoolboy Neel, whose family is counting on him to study hard for a tough math test and win a prestigious scholarship. When he learns that a tiger cub has escaped from the local reserve, and that a nefarious businessman hopes to find the cub and sell it, Neel must decide where his priorities lie. Available April 14, $14.95. Launch party on April 18, visit for more information. Read More | Mitali Perkins 2008 Awardee Author Polacco To Visit Elementary Kids In Stamford Beloved children’s author Patricia Polacco will visit Newfield Elementary School in Stamford on Friday. Polacco’s presentations are not those of a typical storyteller; they deal not only with her books, but also her learning disabilities, her family, heroic teachers in her life and…