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If looking back at the past makes for a more fair future, I am happy to contribute to that effort: Jane Addams author, Ann Bausum JACBA Newsletter 30Dec2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 30, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, JOIN US in expanding the reach of the excellent books honored by the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Your tax-deductible contribution today will: help to improve our educational materials for teachers and librarians, expand the reach of our resource database pairing our award-winning books with particular peace and social justice themes, and put this year’s books directly in the hands of children. Read More National Geographic publishes local author’s 13th book Ann Bausum will release her 13th book in January, which dives headlong into prominent Civil Rights Era activist James Meredith’s march across Mississippi in 1966. Bausum began writing the book in 2012, and finished it after traveling to Mississippi and taking the march route to Jackson. She said the teen-oriented book might help readers understand the complexity surrounding injustices in the 1960s, while drawing connections to the current climate of race-based social injustice in the 21st century. “If I can hope for anything, it’s that we can come together,” Bausum said. “If looking back at the past makes for a more fair future, I am happy to contribute to that effort.” Read More Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil…

Giftworthy books that are not only worthy but fun to read..Best Jewish Books of 2016 #JACBA Newsletter 24Dec2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 25, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, JOIN US in expanding the reach of the excellent books honored by the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Your contribution today will: help to improve our educational materials for teachers and librarians, expand the reach of our resource database pairing our award-winning books with particular peace and social justice themes, and put this year’s books directly in the hands of children. Read More THE BEST JEWISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2016 I Dissent! Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy uses the idea of respectful, polite, but firm dissent as a framework for talking about the Supreme Court Justice’s childhood and values. The art is cute but slightly forbidding … much like Ginsburg herself. A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney tells the story of little red-jacketed Peter from the classic children’s book The Snowy Day, along with the story of his creator, Jewish children’s book author Ezra Jack Keats. Pinkney’s writing sings with the jazzy rhythms of performance poetry; when you read it aloud-and you’d better-be ready to scat and swing. We Will Not Be Silent is another brilliant history book by Russell Friedman that’s not explicitly Jewish but totally is….

Freedom of speech is absolutely imperative: Faith Ringgold, artist and activist JACBA Newsletter 16Dec2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 16, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, JOIN US in expanding the reach of the excellent books honored by the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Your contribution today will: help to improve our educational materials for teachers and librarians, expand the reach of our resource database pairing our award-winning books with particular peace and social justice themes, and put this year’s books directly in the hands of children. Read More ‘Freedom of Speech is Absolutely Imperative’: Faith Ringgold on her early art, activism at the Museum of Modern Art “I wanted people to understand it’s not just poor people breaking into stores and stuff like that,” RINGGOLD said of the riot she depicted. “What is happening is people are trying to maintain their position in life, either rightly or wrongly, trying to keep one group down. One group is trying to keep the other from advancing. Another group is trying to maintain their position. Another group is trying to get out of the way. So you’ve got all of these things that are happening. Everybody is involved, nobody gets away without a struggle. There is a struggle.” She paused and spoke more slowly. “Freedom is not free. Everybody is going to…

How Do I Comfort My Frightened Son After the Election? and Reinventing Language About Race: Jacqueline Woodson
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 9, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, JOIN US in expanding the reach of the excellent books honored by the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Your contribution today will: help to improve our educational materials for teachers and librarians, expand the reach of our resource database pairing our award-winning books with particular peace and social justice themes, and put this year’s books directly in the hands of children. Read More How Do I Comfort My Frightened Son After the Election? I Tell Him How Our People Have Survived. BY JACQUELINE WOODSON My ancestors in South Carolina, a generation removed from slavery, always knew what their country was capable of. “You come from people who have always made a way out of no way,” I said as I rubbed his back. “We’ll get through.” And maybe both of us fell asleep believing this. Read More How I Got Over: Jacqueline Woodson and Daniel JosĂ© Older Hear the next installment of a new project reinventing language around race through conversations and performances that explore, express and examine what it means when a social construct becomes the social order. Rebecca Carroll, author, cultural critic and WNYC producer for special projects on race, joins writers…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 2, 2016

Dear Children’s Literature and Social Justice Advocate, At our recent awards ceremony in New York, we were inspired and moved by the 2016 awardee authors and artists and their stories focusing on themes of voting, racial justice, and making a difference. At the Jane Addams Peace Association, we have been energized by the progress toward greater diversity and understanding in recent years, but, especially now, we are well aware of the tremendous amount of work still to be achieved. Illustrator Shane Evans with students attending the 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony When someone shares our books, attends the ceremony, or tell folks about the Award, they are spreading messages of peace and social justice. As 2016 draws to a close, JOIN US in expanding the reach of the excellent books honored by the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Your tax-deductible contribution today will help to improve our educational materials for teachers and librarians, expand the reach of our resource database pairing our award-winning books with particular peace and social justice themes, and put this year’s books directly in the hands of children. Any contribution you make will further our work, but during this holiday season your: Donation of…

Children’s authors Paterson and Woodson on truly caring and on changing the world JACBA Newsletter 2Dec2016
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 2, 2016

YA author Katherine Paterson dishes on upcoming film adaptation “I’ve known for a long time how intensely children feel – I was a child,” Paterson told me when we talked recently. “People tell me: ‘Why don’t you write for real people?’ which infuriates me, because children are real people.” “I really think [the movie] is coming out at a wonderful time, because it’s a time of a polarized country – we’re so filled with hate and unhappiness of all sides, all points of the spectrum-and this is a story about truly caring across a lot of lines,” she said. “It’s about how truly caring [adults] can do so much for a lost child who is so angry. But in some ways, our country is that lost child, lashing out at everyone.” Read More The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson 2003 Awardee The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 1979 Awardee Author Jacqueline Woodson to visit North Andover The Stevens Memorial Library teamed up with North Andover schools to host an author series all month, which will culminate in the visit of renowned author Jacqueline Woodson on Monday Nov. 28. “We’ve taken one of Jacqueline Woodson’s books, mounted the…