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National Book Award finalists, Ludington award, Kirkus prizes, Best American Short Stories, mentors for diverse authors, and remembering Vera B. Williams and Walter Dean Myers – JACBA Newsletter 30Oct2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / October 30, 2015

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Mentorship Program Mentors for the upcoming year are Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle and more! Read More Clovis author Margarita Engle delivers message of hope through children’s books For “Silver People,” Engle wanted to give voices to a few of the 250,000 workers from the Caribbean islands who were brought in to dig the canal under what she calls “apartheid treatment.” The main voice in the book is a Cuban. Read More | Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 AwardeeThe Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee Children’s author Vera Williams of Narrowsburg dies at 88 Williams, whose most famous book is “A Chair for My Mother,” was about to be honored Saturday with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, said DVAA Executive Director Elaine Giguere, who noted that Williams had been working on a new book just days before she died. A retrospective of her life and work is on display at the Arts Alliance. It is fittingly titled: “Art, Pleasure, Politics and Making a Living: 60 Years of Vera B. Williams’ Works.” Read More | Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by…

Special Edition! JACBA Newsletter 15Oct2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / October 15, 2015

After attending the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony in 2014, a PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington school group undertook a fundraising campaign to support Razia Jan’s school in Afghanistan. “The book Razia’s Ray of Hope was written by Elizabeth Suneby about Ms. Jan’s brave and precarious effort to supply Afghan girls with an opportunity to receive an education.” To raise funds for the Zabuli Education Center, the students made crafts and food to sell to the students, teachers, and parents of their school. Altogether they raised a total of $120 for the girls in Afghanistan! Several students wrote letters in support of the students at the Zabuli Education Center. “Your story has inspired my peers and I to value our education and our accessibility to knowledge in a way that we did not before. Thank you for opening our minds and inspiring us to help people beyond our little corner of the world.”–Isabell Another first-generation student wrote from her family’s perspective as Yemeni immigrants to America: “I admire how much you care about your grades and how you want and expect an education to help you out in your future. Many Muslim girls today are becoming big things…” –Neda…

Read and discuss today’s banned books – JACBA Newsletter 8Oct2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / October 8, 2015

It’s Banned Books Week again. Can we stop yelling at each other about it? “I definitely can understand parents having objections. As a mom, as someone who wants to protect my children in any way that I can, I can kind of get inside the heads of people who are saying, ‘This is not okay,’ only because they’re fearful. That’s where I can begin to have the conversation. I think people are willing to talk about anything if you come to it with kindness. But there are all these conversations that I fear are not being had, and as a result, we get banned and challenged.” — Jacqueline Woodson Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 AwardeeFrom the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 UK Literary Association Book Awards 2016 – Longlist 7-11 includes… Who is King? -And other tales from Africa by Beverley Naidoo and illustrated by Piet Grobler, published by Janetta Otter Barry Books. Read More | Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverley Naidoo 2004 AwardeeThe Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo 2002 Awardee Tuskegee University given more…

Langston Hughes goes west and a feminist daughter on her artist mother – JACBA Newsletter 2Oct2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / October 2, 2015

Kentucky Poet Laureate will share her skills with students during visit. West Liberty University welcomes Kentucky’s Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon to campus at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29. Lyon will read from her works and talk about her background as an Appalachian writer during the special presentation. Read More | You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson 2010 Awardee Story of courage in face of Nazis to grace Flag stage Adapted from the Newberry Medal-winning novel by Lois Lowry, the play focuses on two families – one Jewish, the other not – living in Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation. That story will be laid out this week at the Flag Theatre, where a Family Community Theatre cast will present “Number the Stars.” Read More | Number the Stars written by Lois Lowry 1989 Awardee Wallace to speak on her mother — artist and author Faith Ringgold Michelle Wallace, a feminist scholar, writer and educator, will give a talk “Faith Ringgold: My Mother, My Muse” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in McCosh Hall, Room 4. Ringgold published her first book at age 26, “Black Macho and the Myth of…