New Yorker Cover by Kadir Nelson, Be a History Detective with Deborah Hopkinson, Lois Lowry is latest Wall Street Journal Book Club Host JACBA Newsletter 25Feb2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 25, 2016

The New Yorker: Cover by Kadir Nelson Celebrates Schomburg Center in Harlem The Feb. 22 cover by Los Angeles-based illustrator Kadir Nelson is an ensemble image featuring Harlem’s towering figures of the arts and letters, jazz and politics. Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and the Nicholas Brothers are juxtaposed with outtakes from “Into Bondage” (1936) by Douglas and Johnson’s circa 1939-40 painting “Cafe.” Nelson told The New Yorker that he wanted to create “a stylistic montage as an homage to the great Harlem Renaissance painters…” Read More | Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2012 AwardeeThe Village That Vanished written by Ann Grifalconi and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee An Evening with Deborah Hopkinson: Children’s Book Author Come hear Hopkinson present “Be a History Detective: Helping Young Readers Think Like Historians,” and discuss some of her new books, such as The Great Trouble, Courage & Defiance, and Keep On! March 10, 2016, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville, Ky. Read More | Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 AwardeeShutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements…

New Frontiers of Biography and History, Lulu Delacre, “We Need Diverse Books”, Inspirational Books About Artists, and Christopher Paul Curtis Inspires JACBA Newsletter 19Feb2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 19, 2016

New Frontiers in Biography and History: Real Life Stories to Inspire Young Readers and Writers Our conference brings together four of today’s most imaginative, innovative authors of biography and history books for children and young adults. They are pioneering new frontiers in these genres by writing about people who have been under-represented or neglected—and by going beyond the bounds of traditional nonfiction narrative for a fresh look at more familiar figures from the past. Featured speakers include Tonya Bolden, Mary Ann Cappiello, Candace Fleming, Emily Arnold McCully, Andrea Pinkney, and Myra Zarnowski. Read More | The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom by Emily Arnold McCully 2008 AwardeeSojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney 2010 AwardeeSit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney 2011 Awardee Female Native Artists Exhibit at Artistry “Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities,” an exhibition featuring seven Minnesota-based artists from indigenous backgrounds opening this Friday at Artistry in Bloomington. “I wanted to highlight some of the women I feel are the most accomplished, strongest female voices in the Native arts scene in the Twin Cities,” White Hawk says of the roster, which…

Long Walk to Water Reaches Milestone, Chats with both Jacqueline Woodson and Duncan Tonatiuh, and #1000BlackGirlsBooks JACBA Newsletter 11Feb2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 11, 2016

A Special Note: We at the JACBA newsletter would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any confusion we may have created in regards to the title post on last week’s newsletter about the “Kirkus Review of A Birthday Cake for George Washington.” We did not mean to imply that Emily McCully’s picture book about Oney Judge lacked a more complete understanding of the life of a slave. That line was referring back to the subject of the Review. Our placement of the lines out of context, and with the focus on the picture of the Oney Judge book may have befuddled the message, and for that we apologize. ‘A Long Walk to Water’ Sells 1M Copies Author Linda Sue Park’s 2010 novel A Long Walk to Water – based on the life of Salva Dut, one of the “lost boys” of Sudan – has now sold one million copies. To mark the milestone and the book’s impact, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate $15,000 to Salva Dut’s nonprofit, Water for South Sudan. Read More | A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee Young reader builds list of #1000BlackGirlBooks By fifth grade, Marley Dias decided…

Oney Judge and slave escapes, the “Walter,” remembering our poets, and honoring parents JACBA Newsletter 3Feb2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 3, 2016

Kirkus Review: A Birthday Cake for George Washington A full-page author’s note goes into detail about Hercules’ life, informing readers that he escaped in 1797, leaving Delia still enslaved. The book is a sorry contrast to Emily Arnold McCully’s The Escape of Oney Judge (2007), which explicitly tells the story of one of Martha Washington’s enslaved servants who took freedom. Children whose grown-ups do not address the material in the notes with them will be left with a sorely incomplete understanding of both the protagonists’ lives and slavery itself. Read More | The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom by Emily Arnold McCully 2008 Awardee Choctaw storyteller visits Grand View School Grand View Public School hosted a cultural event where students heard native storyteller Tim Tingle tell the story of a young Choctaw girl who befriended a family of slaves and eventually led them to freedom to avoid being separated after a slave sale. The book “Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom,” was written by Tim Tingle and illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges. Read More | Crossing Bok Chitto:told in written form by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges 2007 Awardee Recent…