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Book Highlight: part 1

Now for the first installment of our eight part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Marianne Baker, Chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Selection Committee for The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Children’s Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953 by Susan C. Griffith.

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The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Children’s Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953, written by Susan C. Griffith, published by Scarecrow Press, is the first book to examine the award as well as its winners and honor books.

Introduction by Marianne Baker, Chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Selection Committee, at the 60th annual Jane Addams Children’s Book Award ceremony on October 18, 2013:

Susan Griffith has had a keen eye on the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award since the 1970s because it embodies two of her passions: children’s literature and social justice. Her passions have been fueled throughout her leadership on this committee by her endless reading and by her research. But she has known all along that this important award is not as well known as it should be so she wrote a book about it. It’s just been published by Scarecrow Press in September. Susan will say it’s the first book published on the award. Today, we honor and celebrate Susan Griffith.

Click here to read more about the 2013 Awards. http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba/2013summary.shtml

This concludes our first installment of an eight part series which will be posted monthly in this space. Check back for updates!

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