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Announcing 2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winning and Honor Titles
Award Announcements , Newsletter / April 28, 2017

Announcement of the 2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners Congratulations to the 65th Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees Deborah Hopkinson, Ron Husband, Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley, Susan E Goodman, E.B. Lewis, Caren B. Stelson, Russell Freedman, and Lauren Wolk. Press Release Word and PDF Video Announcement The Jane Addams Model Our antipoverty efforts tend to be systematized and bureaucratized, but Hull House was intensely personalistic. She sought to change the world by planting herself deeply in a particular neighborhood. She treated each person as a unique soul. Read More Sonic Spirituality: Louise Erdrich on Postcommodity’s Ceremonial Transformation of LRAD The effect of LRAD, Long Range Acoustic Device, on people is devastating. But in a moving act of cultural transformation, the art collective Postcommodity is using LRAD in a radically different manner. The innocuous-looking gray LRAD speakers are installed in Athens, Greece, and the more softly pitched acoustical beam is directed at the archeological site of Aristotle’s Lyceum. Here, LRAD is used to speak to the origins of western civilization, not in weaponized tones, but in the language of the human spirit. Postcommodity’s work is to heal that damage, to inflict, instead of pain and loss, complexity, meaning, and gorgeous…

Remembering Jane Addams Author Patricia McKissack #JACBA Newsletter 21Apr2017
Newsletter / April 22, 2017

April 28th, 8:00am CST: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Patricia C. McKissack, Remembered Patricia C. McKissack, honored children’s author from Chesterfield, dies at 72 Patricia C. McKissack circled the world in her dozens of children’s books, exploring everything from supernatural tales to African customs to 19th-century whaling. But she died only a few miles from home, four years after the death of her beloved husband and co-author. Among the most prolific children’s authors on African-American history, folklore and stories, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack published more than 100 books and won multiple honors, including a Newbery Honor and nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards. In 2014, their work was recognized for its lasting contribution to literature with the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Read More Patricia McKissack, children’s author who brought black history to life, dies at 72 With Fredrick McKissack handling the historical research and Mrs. McKissack focused on the writing, the couple crafted nonfiction works that sought to expose elementary- and middle-school readers to varied aspects of African American history. Their…

Jane Addams Winner Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s Civil Rights Story Speaks to Syrian Refugees #JACBA Newsletter 14Apr2017
Newsletter / April 14, 2017

April 28th, 8:00am CST: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Civil rights marcher inspires Syrian refugee students in Bay Ridge Inspiring figure: Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest participant to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., with Martin Luther King Jr., shared her story with students at Mary White Ovington elementary and middle school in Bay Ridge on March 27. And her story was particularly inspiring to Syrian refugees at the school, said one student whose family fled that war torn country. “The refugees need to live in a safe country just like Lynda Lowery,” said second-grader Rayan Alrahawan. “So I will fight for the refugees [so] the children can go to school and the families can go to work.” Students drew parallels to Lowery’s struggles and their own as refugees – with one student emphasizing the importance of basic human rights in an illustrated letter to Lowery. “Without freedom, I can’t do anything,” said second-grader Layan Nakawh, who is also a refugee. “In my country, Syria, the kids can not go to school. They have nothing. I hope…

Language and Activism: Edwidge Danticat #JACBA Newsletter 6Apr2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 6, 2017

April 28th, 8:00am CST: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Language and Activism: Interview with Edwidge Danticat ED: For me, thinking about what the artist-citizen role is, is something that I’ve always thought about. But I feel like we live in a climate that now is demanding action because you see all that your neighbors are going through. Language is where I’ve always turned to for inspiration, for solace. Writing is the biggest weapon I have. For me, it just felt like one of the ways that I do self-care and also get inspired for what seems now a daily struggle that I see in my community, is by revisiting the works of writers like Audre Lorde, or Gwendolyn Brooks, or Langston Hughes, and others who really had similar struggles in their own time, and to go back and revisit what they’ve done, to inspire us to move on. Read More Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation written by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub 2016 Awardee Line Breaks for Resistance: How Black Poetry Lets Us…

We Need All the Poetry We Can Get & Newsweek Features the Green Book #JACBA Newsletter 31Mar2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 1, 2017

April 28th: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Word Around Town Combines Public Art With Poetry The temporary public art project, Word Around Town, consists of two arrow-shaped signs rimmed in flashing lights and lit from within, situated in the yards of two corner houses facing North Flores Street. Rather than selling hamburgers or tires, each side features a tiny poem, almost a haiku, by distinguished local poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Jenny Browne, current poet laureate of San Antonio. “We need jokes,” Nye said. “Call them anything – medicine, aphorism, jokes, horoscopes…feel free, people.” Read More ‘Out Of Wonder’ Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets Kwame Alexander on his poem celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye, “How to Write a Poem”: ‘she writes such accessible, such wise, such warm words … and that’s what most of us feel when we’re trying to ask the questions about our lives – I think poetry is a way of helping us at least begin to understand ourselves better, and eventually, each other.’ Read More Habibi written by Naomi Shihab Nye…