John Lewis’ March: Book Three Wins the Walter Dean Myers’ Award and Three Others JACBA Newsletter 27Jan2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 27, 2017

Rep. John Lewis: I hope my book inspires people to ‘speak up and speak out’ Rep. John Lewis, the 76-year-old congressman and civil rights activist won yet another prize for his graphic memoir, “March: Book Three”: the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. The latest award – the Walter, as it’s known – is given annually by We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in children’s publishing. Read More Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom written by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam written by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee Seven Civil Rights Heroes to Teach Your Kids About A book about Ida B. Wellsto share with kids from 8 to 12: Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers (the winner of two Newbery Medals and five Coretta Scott King Awards), illustrated by Bonnie Christenson. The book uses lots of quotes from Wells herself, and the watercolor illustrations are powerful. Philip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is a spectacularly reported book (Hoose pursued Colvin, who had an unlisted phone number and was living in obscurity, for four years before she…

2016 Jane Addams Winner ‘Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom’ Takes to the Stage #JACBA Newsletter 20Jan2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 21, 2017

Bridge Street Theatre to Celebrate Black History Month with TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM In celebration of Black History Month, an electrifying first-hand account of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery takes the stage at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre on February 10, 11, and 12. Originally developed at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and Performing Arts in NYC, this stage adaptation of Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s award-winning book for young readers is directed by actress, author, director and teacher Ally Sheedy and powerfully performed by dynamic young actress Damaras Obi. Read More Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, 2016 Awardee Suggested reading on civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school “Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama” by Hester Bass; illustrated by E. B. Lewis “We March” by Shane W. Evans “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down” by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney “Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud; illustrated by John Holyfield “28 Days: Moments…

We Need Diverse Books’s Flying Lessons and Other Stories #JACBA Newsletter 14Jan2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 14, 2017

‘We need diverse books,’ they said. And now a group’s dream is coming to fruition. This week marks an impressive new milestone for We Need Diverse Books. Oh, the group’s chief executive and president, has edited and published WNDB’s first anthology: “Flying Lessons and Other Stories,” published by Crown Books for Young Readers. The book, aimed at readers between ages 8 and 12, features 10 stories by a who’s-who of contemporary YA literature, including Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson and Matt de la Peña. The anthology also includes the winning entry of the 2015 WNDB short-story contest, by debut author Kelly J. Baptist. All of the stories, except one by the late Walter Dean Myers, are new, and all of the authors have donated any profit from the sale of “Flying Lessons” to WNDB. Read More Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun written by Jacqueline Woodson 1996 Awardee I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This written by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Awardee Crossing Bok Chitto: told in written form by nationally recognized Choctaw storyteller, Tim Tingle 2007 Awardee Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom written by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee…

10 Children’s Books That Celebrate Our Diverse World from Sojourners JACBA Newsletter 6Jan2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 6, 2017

We are honored and heartened by the outpouring of support from the generous friends of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Thanks to one and all for responding to our end of year appeal. Onward to a new year of reading and discussion! 10 Children’s Books That Celebrate Our Diverse World Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, by Edwidge Danticat with illustrations by Leslie Staub A little girl, Saya, listens with deep longing to the taped stories her mother, held in an immigration detention center, sends to her. In the midst of her sadness, Saya finds a way to advocate for her mother. Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai In a decades-old story as fresh as today’s headlines, 10-year-old Hà flees the Vietnam War with her mother and brothers by boat, landing first in a tent city in Guam and eventually being connected to refugee sponsors in Alabama. Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis A boy sets out to find his father, meeting many perils and adventures along the way. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor A story of a black family living in Mississippi in the 1930s, as they work…