Announcing the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards 2018 Honored Titles #JACBA Newsletter


to the 66th Jane Addams Children’s Book Awardees Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët, Sara Holbrook, Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome, Laura Atkins, Stan Yogi, Yutaka Houlette, Renée Watson, and Linda Williams Jackson.

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NPR Poetry Month: Andrea Davis Pinkney

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with children’s book author and poet Andrea Davis Pinkney about her picks from the #NPRPoetry submissions.

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Love of storytelling: 32nd annual Richland Library Augusta Baker’s Dozen

This year’s featured guest is Lois Lowry, an acclaimed children’s author whose bestselling and award-winning books include “Number the Stars” and “The Giver,” which was made into a feature film in 2014.

Lowry told WIS she hopes each child takes away a sense of wonder from hearing stories.

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Where I’m From

In 1993, George Ella Lyon, an American author from Kentucky, wrote a poem entitled “Where I’m From.” She wrote it in response to a poem from Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet by Jo Carson. Since its publication, her poem has become a very popular writing prompt and template for the writing of one’s own story.

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‘Bud, Not Buddy’ author to speak to Lansing kids

When Christopher Paul Curtis comes to town this week, he’ll have some advice to young writers.

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Dallas-bound Naomi Shihab Nye on the power of listening to life: ‘The wind never says/Call me back’

Naomi Shihab Nye, an award-winning San Antonio poet, is all about listening — to nature, to people, to one’s innermost thoughts, feelings and longings, to the past, the present and the future.

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Deborah Ellis

Frye Fest author discusses disease, child labour, war with 10-year-olds

Deborah Ellis doesn’t sugar coat difficult topics when she speaks to children about her writing

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The courage of others

Like her other books, The Breadwinner tells a serious and complex story through the eyes of a child. Ellis’ audience largely consists of young people, but it doesn’t stop the author from involving themes like extreme poverty, government corruption and gender inequality.

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Jacqueline Woodson

Peek inside Jacqueline Woodson’s upcoming book for kids who feel alone ‘The Day You Begin’

Fortunately, for anybody struggling with feeling alone, acclaimed author and newly appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson is back with The Day You Begin, a new picture book, illustrated by Rafael López, to remind you to stay confident, even when you feel misunderstood.

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Author speaks on representation in young adult literature

During her lecture titled “Behind the Books,” Woodson said she struggled to see herself represented in the books she read growing up, so she decided to be that voice for today’s generation of young adults.

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Children’s Theatre Company play, ‘Seedfolks,’ to perform at Backus

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has been on a three-month tour of the play, “Seedfolks,” performing in Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. (By Paul Fleischman)

Seedfolks begins when nine-year-old Kim plants the first seeds in the rat-infested, vacant lot next to her apartment building. They are six lima bean seeds, planted in honor of the father she never knew. Slowly, each member of the community finds a reason to plant their own seeds, resurrecting a derelict lot and uniting a fractured neighborhood.

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My Beloved Octopus: Animal Memoirs Move Way Beyond Cats and Dogs

In her book “How to Be a Good Creature,” Sy Montgomery gains rare insight into her late mother after a wild ermine rips the head off one of the author’s chickens.

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Photo Flash: Dramatic Adaptation of a Civil Rights Story Presented at All Souls Church in Manhattan

Author / playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey (right) greeted actors, Jordan Hall (left), C.Kelly Wright (second from left)) and Unitarian Church of All Souls representatives Linda Rousseau (second from right) and the Rev. Richard D. Leonard (seated) following the April 17, 2018 performance of the dramatic and musical adaptation of his children’s book “The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend” at Reidy Friendship Hall of the Upper East Side-based church.

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Roundup of new children’s books

Launched with a poignant personal recollection from 1968, Berkeley author Elizabeth Partridge’s book relies on her own interviews to investigate the personal cost of war.

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