Jane Addams Author Edwidge Danticat Tells Immigrant Story #JACBA Newsletter 25Nov2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / November 25, 2016

Author Edwidge Danticat speaks at Hope College, tells immigrant story Danticat spoke before a full house Tuesday evening at Hope College’s Dimnent Chapel, the climactic event in a month of Big Read events centered on her book, “Brother, I’m Dying.” Danticat used Haitian folk tales to illustrate points in her narrative. Another Haitian proverb — “Sometimes you’re running from the rain and you end up in the fire” — describes the “sacrifice” and “mixed bag” of immigration, she said. Read More Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat 2016 Awardee Children’s Literature and Human Rights Raab Illustration Prize and Human Rights Exhibition Project: An exhibition of works from the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection depicting a selection of inalienable rights of children: education, food, health, participation, safety and shelter. Read More and more here The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! Publishers Weekly Review Deedy uses repeating language to powerful effect, ramping up the stakes while underscoring the gallito’s steady determination. “And if you have no more corn?” asks Don Pepe, threatening the rooster with starvation. “I may sing a hungrier song,” answers the bird. “But I will still sing.” Read More The Yellow Star: The Legend…

Jane Addams Authors Pledge to Use Their Art to Fight Bigotry & to Promote Reading to Children in the Age of Trump JACBA Newsletter 18Nov2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / November 18, 2016

Hundreds Of Children’s Book Authors Pledge To Combat Bigotry This week, hundreds of children’s book authors and illustrators signed a pledge to use their art to fight bigotry and to make young readers feel safe and accepted. The pledge includes Jacqueline Woodson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Linda Sue Park, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Mitali Perkins, Kathryn Erskine, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Margarita Engle, Amy Lee-Tai, Cynthia Levinson and many, many more. Read More Cobb artist named a top children’s book illustrator by New York Times The New York Times honored a Cobb County artist in its “Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016” competition. The award was for illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, of Mableton, in “Freedom in Congo Square” by Carole Boston Weatherford. The book chronicles 19th-century slaves in New Orleans counting down the week until Sunday when they could congregate in Congo Square to socialize and play music. Read More The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie 2016 Awardee ‘I saw an author!’ Author/illustrator Tonatiuh visits school Students at two local elementary schools were wide-eyed and all ears, like the highly stylized figures in Duncan Tonatiuh’s children’s books. The author and illustrator…

Duncan Tonatiuh: why more brown faces are needed in children’s books JACBA Newsletter 11Nov2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / November 11, 2016

A Mexican-American artist on why more brown faces are needed in children’s books “I am both Mexican and American … and what I’ve discovered is that despite the apparent differences between these two countries – the buildings, the food, the day-to-day routines, physical appearances, the politics – at the end of the day, we are more similar than different,” he wrote in an author’s note in one of his books. “People are people,” he said. PBS NewsHour spoke with the award-winning author on how he chose his style, what children have said about his work, and why there ought to be more brown faces in children’s books. Read More Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her family’s fight for desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee Chris Crowe And Current Race Issues In Utah And America On Tuesday’s Access Utah BYU English Professor, Chris Crowe, is an award-winning author of books for young adults about the Civil Rights era. His nonfiction book, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EMMETT TILL CASE, was an Jane Addams Honor book. His first children’s book, JUST AS GOOD: HOW LARRY DOBY CHANGED AMERICA’S GAME, appeared in 2012. His…

“One book at a time, you are changing the world.” Jewel Parker-Rhodes to Independent Booksellers JACBA Newsletter 4Nov2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / November 6, 2016

Authors Hail Booksellers at 2016 SCIBA “You have superpowers,” a tearful Towers Falling author Jewell Parker Rhodes told the booksellers. “One book at a time, you are changing the world.” Read More Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee Children’s Illustrator Visits Newtown Elementary School Children’s book illustrator Shane Evans visited Newtown Elementary School last week. He ended his presentation singing and playing the guitar to a song from one of his books that he wrote and illustrated titled, “Olu’s Dream.” Read More Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans 2016 Awardee We March written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans 2013 Awardee National Book Award- winning children’s author to read at Sweet Briar Award-winning novelist Kathryn Erskine has written about a lot of topics, but there is one theme that unites them all: hope. “That’s really why I write,” she says. “There are always people around who will help you, always a reason to keep trying, so don’t give up!” Read More Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee From Migrant Child to University Professor Francisco…