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Weekly JACBA Newsletter 22Apr2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 22, 2015

Disney-Hyperion Releases New Paperback Edition of Award-Winning The Year of Goodbyes Disney-Hyperion Books has just released the paperback edition of The Year of Goodbyes, Debbie Levy’s award-winning book that tells the story of her mother’s last year living as a girl in Nazi Germany in 1938. Read More | We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy 2014 Awardee Children’s book illustrator speaking at library An award-winning children’s book illustrator will speak May 7 at the Broome County Public Library. E.B. Lewis, who has illustrated 65 children’s books and won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a 2005 Caldecott Honor, will talk about his life and work at 6:30 p.m. Read More | Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 AwardeeNight Boat to Freedom, written by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee Name selected for new Santa Maria elementary school The name of the school will be Jimenez Elementary named after Francisco and Robert Jiminez.Francisco Jimenez is an acclaimed writer and author of best-selling books, including The Circuit, Breaking Through, and Reaching Out about his family’s personal struggles as Mexican immigrants working in the fields…

Cedarville, IL Announcement Event
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 22, 2015

Announcement Event 2015 JAPA Award WinnersSaturday, May 2, 2015 You are invited to an event announcing the winners of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards to begin at 11:00am-12:00pm on May 2, 2015 at the Cedarville Historical Society, Cedarville, IL (birthplace and final resting place of Jane Addams). The program will include a brief discussion of the relationship between Montessori and Addams, an announcement of the awards, a brief presentation by last living pallbearer of Jane Addams, and refreshments. Afterwards people may explore the museum’s exhibits and visit Addams’ grave site. Cedarville is just outside Freeport, north of Hwy 20 on Hwy 26, about a 35 minute drive from Rockford Invited guests: members of WILPF and JACBA participants from Rockford, Madison and Chicago; Northern Illinois Community Foundation (thanks to the Foundation for giving us a grant to purchase books); the press; students who participated in the JACBA Reading Club and their families; the public. JACBA Reading Club teachers will be invited to make a statement about their participation, connections to Montessori and our philosophy. Students who participated in the Reading Club will present the winning titles as they unveil enlarged posters of the book covers. Students will give a brief…

Book Highlight: Part 6
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 17, 2015

The final 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 Awards Committee member Julie Olsen Edward for Brave Girl written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, named the winner in the Books for Younger Children category. Introduction by Julie Olsen Edward Imagine: You are 14 years old. You arrive in the U.S. with almost no English. You deeply want to go to school to read, to learn – but your father does not find work, so you pick up your sewing machine and you go to work, making blouses (called shirtwaists) – in an unsafe factory where the doors are padlocked so you cannot leave. Imagine: In this factory (as in all the factories across the U.S.) you must work ten – twelve hours a day. If you prick your finger on a pin and get blood on the cloth, or if you have to leave your machine to go to the bathroom – you are fined. And for all your hard work you earn just a few dollars a month – while the factory owners grow rich on your labor. Imagine:…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 15Apr2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 15, 2015

Happy Tax Day! WV Book Festival to return with big-name authors New York Times best-selling authors Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Jacqueline Woodson and Jeff Shaara will headline the book festival, which will be hosted by the Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston Oct. 23-24. Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 AwardeeFrom the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996 AwardeeI Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Awardee Trini among writers shortlisted for literary award And Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph, the author of several other successful children’s and young adult books, is gripping in its depth of emotion, strong plot and realistic handling of relationships and conflicts. Lynn Joseph is a Trinidadian author of several books for children, including A Wave in Her Pocket, The Mermaid’s Twin Sister, An Island Christmas, Jump Up Time: A Carnival Story, and Coconut Kind of Day, and two Young Adult novels, The Color of My Words and Flowers in the Sky. Read More | The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph 2001 Awardee Kentucky Writers’ Day and Poet Laureate Induction is April 24 “Then you step out into footlight’s / dazzle all hope…

Book Highlight: part 5
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 10, 2015

The fifth installment of our six part series on the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony features the introduction given by Member of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Committee Lani Gerson for Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes, named the winner in the Books for Older Children category. Introduction by Lani Gerson: It is thrilling to be here today, introducing Jewell Parker Rhodes and her gift to us – Sugar. Sugar, the title of this winning novel is also the name of its ten-year-old heroine. And, Sugar is a great heroine – a spunky, inspiring role model for today’s young readers. Jewell has succeeded in writing a finely tuned historical novel about a time and a place that many don’t know much about. Set in Reconstruction-era Louisiana on the banks of the Mississippi, this story takes the reader through the cycle of seasons in the planting, growing and harvesting of sugar cane. Left behind by the more able-bodied, who have moved on into newly found freedom, Sugar, alone, without parents, has stayed on in a former slave enclave with the old and the infirm. Her mother is dead; her father was sold away from her years before. Cared for…

Book Highlight: part 4
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 9, 2015

The fourth installment of our six part series on the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony features the introduction given by co-chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Committee Marianne Baker for Brotherhood by Anne Westrick, named an Honor Book for Older Children. Brotherhood by Anne Westrick and published by Viking is a 2014 Honor Book for Older Children. Uneasy in Reconstruction-era Virginia, Shad feels torn between conflicting loyalties when teachers at a controversial school for freed slaves, including an African American girl his own age, are able to help with his dyslexia at the same time that he is reveling in the sense of community and comradeship he feels with his recent induction into the newly formed Ku Klux Klan. Choosing between his new understanding of the African American community and his family and community results in hard choices and no easy answers in this look at a complex period of our history. Marianne Baker, Charlottesville, VA, co-chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Committee (on left) introduced Westrick (on right) at the Awards Ceremony. —— Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by…

Weekly Newsletter 8Apr2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 8, 2015

Henry Beston’s The Outermost House: A parallel world of unknown sensationBy Sy Montgomery Much of my work as a science writer and author has been spent considering these wonders. The discoveries about animals’ powers expand our consciousness, opening up to us the equally real, equally rich, and equally valuable sensory worlds that exist parallel to our own. Read More | Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery 2013 Awardee Naomi Shihab Nye: Palestine and poetry meet at Cuirt Whereas so many political poems – especially those on subjects as emotional as Palestine – are about as artistic as a woman with mad, staring, eyes repeatedly banging a galvanised shed roof with a bit of lead pipe, Shihab Nye’s poems on the subject manage to speak plainly, to allow room for the nuance always present in any such situation – however apparently white and black – and, crucially, to retain their sense of humour. Read More | Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 AwardeeSitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee Exhibits kick off for the Big Read in St. Croix Valley …Libraries and art organizations have been gearing up for…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 1Apr2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 1, 2015

Who you’ll see at the National Book Festival Louise Erdrich, the author of such acclaimed novels as “Love Medicine,” “The Plague of Doves” and “The Round House,” has been named winner of this year’s Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. She’ll speak at a dinner for festival participants on Sept. 4 and at the festival on Sept. 5. Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee Louise Erdrich: Asynchronous ReadingExhibition: April 1-18 An art installation in collaboration with Aza Erdrich, Pallas Erdrich, and Heid E. Erdrich. Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce the first ever show of visual art and text by distinguished author Louise Erdrich. Asynchronous Reading presents Erdrich’s paintings, collage boxes, and found-object constructions along with poetic text and audio works to create an experience to be viewed, read, and heard. Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee A universal fear explored in this picture book for preschoolers The story addresses the universal fear of being lost.Baby Bear asks for help from the night time wildlife – a frog, two squirrels, a moose, a ram, an owl and a salmon. Each animal gives guidance based on his or her own…