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SOMETIMES A CLOSER LOOK, A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING, A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW, IS BETTER THAN AN ESCAPE
Newsletter / September 23, 2018

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM 777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK A memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators. Meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed. Can’t come to NYC? Follow the ceremony as it is live streamed from https://www.facebook.com/pg/janeaddamspeace/posts/ ________________________________________ NEW NOVELS FROM THREE OF TODAY’S MOST BELOVED CHILDREN’S AUTHORS “We think they took my Papi.” The first line of Jacqueline Woodson’s HARBOR ME (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, 176 pp., $17.99; ages 10 and up) jolts the reader into the news cycle through the eyes of a child. There is no escape from the outside world in this book, from the political tempest swirling around us. But sometimes a closer look, a deeper understanding, a different point of view, is better than an escape — especially for kids trying to make sense of the time they were born into. READ MORE… ________________________________________ THE BEST…

TWO JANE ADDAMS AUTHORS ON THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE LONGLIST
Newsletter / September 16, 2018

SAVE THE DATE: JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM 777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK A memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators. Meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed. Can’t come to NYC? Follow the ceremony as it is live streamed from https://www.facebook.com/pg/janeaddamspeace/posts/ ___________________________________________________ LONGLIST REVEALED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE National Book Award finalist Elizabeth Partridge made this year’s longlist with her nonfiction book “Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam,” and Newbery medalist Christopher Paul Curtis’ novel “The Journey of Little Charlie” is also in the running. READ MORE…   ___________________________________________________ ‘WATCH US RISE’ BY RENEE WATSON & ELLEN HAGAN IS ABOUT TWO TEENS WHO START A WOMEN’S RIGHTS CLUB AT THEIR HIGH SCHOOL Piecing Me Together author Renée Watson has a new YA novel coming out, and she has co-written it with poet Ellen Hagan,…

TEACHING PEACE WITH JANE ADDAMS
Newsletter / September 9, 2018

CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS: TEACHING PEACE WITH JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNERS Jump-start conversations about activism and social justice with these Jane Addams Children’s Book Award–winning titles. Like the Caldecott and Newbery committees, this committee is looking for literary and artistic excellence, but it also looks for books that can inspire dialogue and reflection about justice and peace in our society. READ MORE… ___________________________________ CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHORS ARE SELLING MORE THAN BOOKS. THEY’RE TAKING A STAND. Children’s books have always been political, of course — that’s why they are fixtures on lists of banned or censored books. And the welfare of children has long been at the forefront for authors who write for them. But current children’s book creators are finding new outlets for their concerns, often banding together, with the support of social media, to increase their impact. READ MORE…   CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR YUYI MORALES TELLS HER IMMIGRANT STORY IN ‘DREAMERS’ For 15 years, Yuyi Morales has been writing and illustrating magical, award-winning picture books about clever tricksters, monster-fighting niños and heroic historical figures such as Frida Kahlo. In all that time, it never occurred to her to tell her personal story. Now in the wake of attacks against immigrants, she’s decided to share…

Lois Lowry sees childhood as exploratory, not idyllic.
Newsletter / September 2, 2018

LOIS LOWRY STILL THINKS KIDS NEED TO READ ABOUT TERRIBLE THINGS (AND SHE’S STILL RIGHT) There’s no heaviness, just certitude. Lois Lowry understands herself — a rare trait in a writer — which gives her an edge on understanding others…. She doesn’t think that the intrusion of ugly things — even death — ends childhood. She sees childhood as exploratory, not idyllic. READ MORE… _________________________________________ MOST DOWNLOADED PHOTOGRAPH IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ARCHIVE COMES TO THE PIEDMONT TRIAD, AS REYNOLDA OPENS ‘DORTHEA LANGE’S AMERICA’ SEPT. 14 In “Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression,” Carole Boston Weatherford captures the spirit of Dorothea Lange with lyrical prose intended for children. Weatherford will read from her picture book biography and join in discussion with the audience. Enjoy music and hands-on activities while learning about “Dorothea Lange’s America.” READ MORE… _________________________________________ HOMEWORK QUESTIONS ON RACE, DRUGS, AND GUNS DRAW IRE FROM PARENTS A spokesperson for the school said in a statement, “The AF Brownsville Middle homework assignment drew directly from the text of Seedfolks – a widely acclaimed novel written by Newbery Medal winning author Paul Fleischman – that focuses on a diverse cast of characters, discusses racial themes, and…

JAMES BALDWIN STORY OF CHILDHOOD ‘LITTLE MAN, LITTLE MAN’ REISSUED
Newsletter / August 26, 2018

A JAMES BALDWIN BOOK, FORGOTTEN AND OVERLOOKED FOR FOUR DECADES, GETS ANOTHER LIFE Some Baldwin fans and scholars hope that with the new edition, “Little Man, Little Man” will rightfully assume its place in the canon of African-American children’s literature, alongside works by Langston Hughes, Julius Lester, Walter Dean Myers and John Steptoe. READ MORE… ____________________________________________________ KADIR NELSON TELLS MEMORABLE STORIES ON VARIETY OF CANVASES “I think it’s a matter of trying to step into the shoes of the subject matter and learning enough about it so I can honestly portray or document the story,” he (Kadir Nelson) said. He doesn’t worry too much about talking over the heads of his young audience. “Children understand visual language from a very early age,” he said. “Before they can talk, that is their form of communication. It’s something we all innately understand.” READ MORE…  ____________________________________________________ IF YOU COULD ADD ONE BOOK TO THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Then, the summer before college I read GOOD WOMAN, by Lucille Clifton. It was the first collection of poetry I’d ever read all the way through, and it unlocked a love for a medium that is often poorly taught or avoided altogether. If I could…

Yuyi Morales: To even try to be neutral in this time would be a disservice
Newsletter / August 19, 2018

IN CONVERSATION: YUYI MORALES AND NEAL PORTER Author-illustrator Yuyi Morales and editor Neal Porter have worked together on six books, but Morales’s newest, Dreamers, is her most personal work to date. It recounts, in poetic form, the story of her emigration in 1994 from Mexico to the United States, with her two-month-old son. “To even try to be neutral in this time would be a disservice. As a children’s book creator, I take on a huge responsibility in that I hope my book will raise consciousness and awareness in children.” READ MORE… _________________________________________ BOOKS FROM AUTHORS WITH LOCAL, REGIONAL TIES Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome are a husband and wife team who have collaborated on many nonfiction books. …their newest picture book tells the amazing story of the Williams sisters, who are considered two of the greatest tennis players ever. READ MORE…  _________________________________________ HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE, IN STORIES FOR OUR TIME Have you ever felt completely in sync with a pet or other animal? That you knew the animal and, more importantly, it knew you? Author Sy Montgomery writes about 13 animals with whom she has shared what she describes as that very special feeling. READ MORE…  _________________________________________…

CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD TELLS THE STORY OF AMAZING GRACE
Newsletter / August 12, 2018

JOHN NEWTON’S SONG OF PRAYER You’ve sung the words countless times. You’ve heard the song in many places. But did you know the true story of the classic hymn? Most people haven’t, but in “How Sweet the Sound,” author Carole Boston Weatherford tells it with couplets more powerful than a storm at sea; indeed, this book is little more than a poem written in descriptive style, but sparsely, which lends more weight to each careful word. READ MORE… ___________________________________________ NOTABLE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF REPRESENTATION Many contemporary children’s books are both mirrors and windows, showing children the connections among all people.  (Andy Ryan / Getty Images) “Collaborating with Salva Dut to write ALong Walk to Water provided me with a window in a way that I never could have imagined — not just for me but for the young readers of the book, who have subsequently reached out to communities in South Sudan. Those readers have gone from looking in the window to leaping right through it!” — Linda Sue Park, Author of A Long Walk to Water READ MORE… ___________________________________________ ‘UNDOCUMENTED’ IS A PICTURE BOOK THAT’S NOT JUST FOR KIDS There are millions of undocumented workers in…

GRAPHIC WORKS FOR YOUTH ON MIGRANTS, REFUGEES, HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Newsletter / August 5, 2018

GRAPHIC WORKS ON MIGRANTS, REFUGEES, HUMAN TRAFFICKING The story: In an accordion-style folded comic with drawings inspired by pre-Columbian art, Tonatiuh tells a fictional story of a Mexican laborer who enters the U.S. illegally and finds work as an underpaid and exploited busboy. He then tries to organize his co-workers demand better working conditions. The author: Tonatiuh is an acclaimed children’s book illustrator. READ MORE… __________________________________ ALICE B. MCGINTY/ARTFUL BIOGRAPHIES OF UNUSUAL ARTISTS In “The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art” (2018, Candlewick Press, written by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola, ages 5-12), flowing watercolor illustrations and bright, lyrical text bring us into the magical world of Nek Chand’s Indian village. READ MORE… EMMA’S POEM: THE VOICE OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BY LINDA GLASER & ILLUSTRATED BY CLAIRE A. NIVOLA __________________________________ ILLUSTRATIONS BY LULU DELACRE TO BE PRESENTED IN SONIA SOTOMAYOR’S LIFE STORY AT ZIMMERLI THIS FALL “In Turning Pages, she (Sonia Sotomayor) is a powerful advocate for the importance of reading, demonstrating how early exposure to books can transform a person’s life. Likewise, Lulu Delacre reveals through her captivating illustrations how art can tell a moving story.” READ MORE……

Award Winning Author Sy Montgomery Writes Science that Excites
Newsletter / July 29, 2018

SCIENCE BOOKS THAT EXCITE I narrow that AP biology list down to my five favourite books….. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery – This is one of my personal favourites on the list because it shows both the fascinating life of a sea creature that we once considered to be “low life.” READ MORE… _________________________________________ DAV PILKEY, RICK BRAGG HEADLINE 2018 BOOKMARKS LINEUP THAT EXCELS IN VARIETY, DIVERSITY Carole Boston Weatherford will read and discuss “Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression” in a family event with music and hands-on activities at Reynolda House Museum of American Art; READ MORE… _________________________________________ “WRITERS ON WRITING” RADIO SHOW: INTERVIEW WITH JACQUELINE WOODSON Dr. Greene and Woodson will discuss a range of issues, including Woodson’s latest book, themes in her books, young adult and children’s literature, social responsibility of the writer, the need for more diverse books and the need for teachers to promote books by writers of color in their classrooms and to specify to students the nature of such books. READ MORE… _________________________________________ BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET: KIRKUS REVIEW A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. In free verse, Cline-Ransome narrates the…

AWARD WINNING KADIR NELSON CREATES ‘SUMMERTIME CITY’ ILLUSTRATION FOR THE NEW YORKER
Newsletter / July 22, 2018

KADIR NELSON CREATES NEW ‘SUMMERTIME CITY’ ILLUSTRATION FOR ‘THE NEW YORKER’   Kadir Nelson: “I was poring over photographs of neighborhood kids playing in the street, and I found an old photo from the nineteen-sixties of a kid wearing goggles as he basked in the spray unleashed by a fire hydrant. It made perfect sense to me. If you can’t make it to the pool or the beach, why not still wear goggles? It was so imaginative and practical. For some kids, the fire hydrant is the pool or the ocean.” READ MORE… ________________________________________ ONLY 1% OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS HAVE B.A.M.E. MAIN CHARACTERS – UK STUDY Only 1% of British children’s books feature a main character who is black or minority ethnic, a investigation into representations of people of colour has found, with the director calling the findings “stark and shocking”. This compares to the 32.1% of schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the Department of Education last year. …the late American children’s author Walter Dean Myers (wrote in 2014 “Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books? … Where are black children going…