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Refugee Writing Workshop, Bill of Rights Day, & Book Highlight #3 JACBA Newsletter 17Dec2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 17, 2015

Refugee Crisis Writing Workshop Guide Check out Debby Levy’s new Writing Workshop Guide for my book, The Year of Goodbyes. Created for educators and book people, Levy’s workshop detailed the ways they use her “The Year of Goodbyes” as part of their efforts to get young people thinking and writing about the human beings behind every refugee “crisis.” Read More | We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 2014 Awardee New Documentary Project Inspired By Popular 1930’s Travel Guide Series For African Americans Co-produced by Calvin A. Ramsey, author of the award winning book Ruth and the Green Book, and Becky Wible Searles Director and Professor of Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta, Ga, The Green Book Chronicles is currently in production as a one hour documentary. The live interviews, motion media, and animation segments in the film explores a range of personal experiences while traveling throughout both the United States and abroad before the Civil Rights Act became law in 1964. Victor Green is celebrated for transforming and enriching the lives of African Americans through travel. Read More | Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s…

Celebrate Jane Addams Day, School Children Raise $1000 for Water in South Sudan, & Book Highlight #2 JACBA Newsletter 8Dec2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 8, 2015

Jane Addams Day, Dec 10th “America’s future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.” Jane Addams. Join us in celebrating Jane Addams Day on December 10, marking the anniversary of the day she received the Nobel Peace Prize, the first American woman to do so. The story of Jane Addams can teach young people that one person really can make a difference. Read More Ottawa’s Rachna Gilmore finds motivation of a morning walk “The cadence of children’s stories was imbued in me. And I had the rich and wonderful material of being a mother.” When Gilmore was a young girl in Mumbai, a morning walk was a happy part of her routine. These journeys gave her a sense of watching the world and seeing things she would not normally see. Read More | A Group of One by Rachna Gilmore 2002 Awardee Book signing to benefit Humane Society for Greater Nashua Recently named a National Book Award finalist, all proceeds from sales of Sy Montgomery’s “The Soul of an Octopus” and “The Good, Good Pig” through Toadstool Bookshop in…

Jane Addams Day: Dec 10th
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 8, 2015

On Jane Addams Day we invite you to consider how to insert peaceful practices into your life and as a strategy 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…

Book Highlight: part 1
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 3, 2015

Now for the first installment of our eight part series on the 2015 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Tura Campanella Cook. Opening Remarks & President’s welcome to JACBA ceremony Good afternoon and welcome to the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award ceremony, honoring the 2015 award-winning authors and illustrators.  Welcome to the guests of honor, their family members, friends and publishers; all friends and supporters of the Award; and students, librarians and teachers.  I also see author and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey, winner of our award in 2011 for Ruth and the Green Book, in the audience.  We are happy to have everyone here, and wish we had a larger space to accommodate more students. I am Tura Campanella Cook, president of the Jane Addams Peace Association board, which sponsors the Award.  The Jane Addams Peace Association was founded in 1948 “to foster a better understanding between the people of the world toward the end that wars may be avoided and a more lasting peace enjoyed.” Since 1953 we have honored the outstanding children’s books promoting peace and justice with the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. We know that our work has…