Book Highlight: part 4

The fourth installment of our six part series on the 2014 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony features the introduction given by co-chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Committee Marianne Baker for Brotherhood by Anne Westrick, named an Honor Book for Older Children.


Brotherhood by Anne Westrick and published by Viking is a 2014 Honor Book for Older Children. Uneasy in Reconstruction-era Virginia, Shad feels torn between conflicting loyalties when teachers at a controversial school for freed slaves, including an African American girl his own age, are able to help with his dyslexia at the same time that he is reveling in the sense of community and comradeship he feels with his recent induction into the newly formed Ku Klux Klan. Choosing between his new understanding of the African American community and his family and community results in hard choices and no easy answers in this look at a complex period of our history.


Marianne Baker, Charlottesville, VA, co-chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Committee (on left) introduced Westrick (on right) at the Awards Ceremony.


Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.

A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.

Click here to read more about the 2014 Awards.

This concludes our fourth installment of the six part series leading up to the announcement of the 2015 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees.

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