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Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis set to be released as animated film in 2017 JACBA Newsletter 16Jun2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / June 16, 2016

GKIDS, Angelina Jolie-Pitt bringing ‘Breadwinner’ to North American theaters in 2017 GKIDS is producing, financing and distributing The Breadwinner, which is an adaptation of the young-adult novel by Deborah Ellis. New York-based animation distributor GKIDS announces that CEO/Founder Eric Beckman and SVP of Distribution David Jesteadt will executive produce – along with Angelina Jolie Pitt and others – The Breadwinner, the latest feature from two-time Oscar nominated studio Cartoon Saloon. The screenplay is co-written by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis. Based on the internationally acclaimed children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, ‘The Breadwinner’ tells the story of Parwana, a 12 year old girl growing up in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is arrested, Parwana dresses as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks discovery to try to find out if her father is still alive. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, The Breadwinner also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan. Read More Read More Read More The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis 2005 Awardee The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis 2004 Awardee Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee Pam Muñoz…

New Titles by Jane Addams Authors  S.L. Meyer and E.A. McCully JACBA Newsletter 10Jun2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / June 10, 2016

Second Novel From Susan Lynn Meyer, Wellesley Professor of English, Inspired by Father’s Experiences in America After Escaping Nazi-Occupied France Meyer’s Black Radishes, was named a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2016 and follows close on the heels of the news that Meyer’s 2015 picture book, New Shoes, won the 2016 Jane Addams Book Award, an honor given by the Jane Addams Peace Association for the most outstanding children’s book that promotes peace and justice. Meyer’s latest book, Skating with the Statue of Liberty, comes at a time when young adults are surrounded by discussions of intolerance and reminders of the nation’s history of treating immigrants displaced by war. Read More New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer 2016 Awardee Mixed-Up History It is not necessarily a gloomy bit of history that Emily Arnold McCully reimagines in “Clara” (Schwartz & Wade, 48 pages, $17.99), but there must have been melancholy notes in reality, while there are almost none in this picture book with the charmingly exhaustive subtitle “The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone … While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a Continent!” The wobbly lines and dashes…

25th Anniversary of Tar Beach and a New Book on Immigration by Faith Ringgold JACBA Newsletter 3Jun2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / June 3, 2016

Knopf Celebrates 25 Years of Faith Ringgold’s ‘Tar Beach’ Published by Crown in 1991, ‘Tar Beach,’ Faith Ringgold’s debut children’s book, won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and was named a Caldecott Honor Book. On May 10, Knopf released a 25th-anniversary edition of the book, as well as a new picture book by Ringgold, ‘We Came to America,’ a celebration of this country’s multicultural heritage. “Without doubt, Tar Beach is one of our most treasured picture books,” she said. “It represents Faith’s realism and idealism in equal capacities. I think of her as a chronicler of the African-American experience, and in this book she does it in a beautiful and relevant way. Tar Beach is a very important contribution to children’s literature, as well as a showcase of Faith’s gorgeous mixed-media art. To me, it epitomizes what a children’s book should be.” Read More Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee The fourth annual Thousand Islands Children’s Book Festival set for June 4 The fourth annual Thousand Islands Children’s Book Festival, “Reading on the River,” will be at the Cape Vincent Elementary School on Saturday, June 4. Among the presenters: Bryan Collier, a…