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Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 4, 2015

“Trouble in Mind” Is a Hilarious Drama About Racial Tensions During Rehearsals for a Broadway Play Trouble in Mind, Charleston, SC-born African-American playwright Alice Childress’ hilarious 1955 backstage drama about racial tensions during rehearsals for a Broadway play. Read More | Alice Childress 1974 Awardee ‘Mockingbird’ debuts at the Kennedy Center The current performance for young audiences featured at the Kennedy Center, “Mockingbird,” deals with two of the most delicate issues in today’s society with such sensitivity, depth and even humor, that its insights and life lessons will remain long after the curtain closes.The play, based on Kathryn Erskine’s award-winning novel, portrays a first-person account of daily challenges of an 11-year-old girl, Caitlin, who has Asperger’s syndrome. Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee CEDARS Features Texts by Ten Native American Writers at La MaMa Through the poetic voices of contemporary Native American writers, the play gives a 21st century face to the struggles of indigenous people, depicting their adaptation into modern-day society and celebrating Native American culture and enduring spirit. Participating writers include… Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki). Read More | Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee Peninsula Fine Arts Center offers revealing showcase for African-American art Faith Ringgold’s 1991 print “The Sunflower…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 21, 2015

Poem on Reigelman’s MLK Experience by George Ella Lyon Milton Reigelman’s experience on the memorable day Martin Luther King Jr spoke the famous words “I have a dream” has been captured in a poem written by acclaimed Kentucky poet and Centre College graduate George Ella Lyon. The poem is part of a collection she wrote with colleague J. Patrick Lewis about the 1963 March on Washington. Read More | George Ella Lyon, 2010 Awardee These books hold stories about Martin Luther King, civil rights The Kansas City Public Library suggests these books to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson Read More | Debbie Levy, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, 2014 Awardees, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney 2011 Awardees, Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee, Cynthia Levinson, 2013 Awardee Psychological effects of pets are profound By Sy Montgomery Pet-assisted therapies help troubled children, people with autism, and those…

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Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 14, 2015

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions will distribute Sundance title ‘Z for Zachariah’ Craig Zobel’s post-apocalpytic thriller “Z for Zachariah,” one of the biggest buzz-generating titles in the U.S. Dramatic competition, has secured distribution by a partnership between Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the industry news site The Wrap reported this week. The movie – based on the novel by the 1973 novel by Robert C. O’Brien (who also wrote the book that was the basis for “The Secret of NIMH”) – stars Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) as the last woman on Earth, or so she believes after a global disaster wipes out most of civilization. Read More | Robert C. O’Brien 1976 Awardee Interview with Vanessa Brantley Newton A good friend of mine called to say that she was coming over to visit. She and I never spoke about our careers. She came to visit and looked at the artwork on the table and asked, “Vanessa, who does this artwork?” and I told her, “I do.” She then said, “In all the 8 years that we have known each other you never told me that you were an illustrator. Do you know who I work for?” “No,” I said. “Vanessa, I…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 7, 2015

Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is filled with wonderful books! Link roundup below: Lafayette Public Library announces community reading initiative Along with local leaders and businesses, the Lafayette Reads Together project will focus on A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Under a partnership with Cox Communications, every seventh grade student in Lafayette Parish public schools will read the book and discuss it in class, according to the library system. Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee Baker: Author Linda Sue Park shares literary lessons with Weedsport students Park spent the day within our district sharing her love of writing and discussing several of her books before welcoming visitors to the Weedsport Free Library for a book discussion there later in the day, as well. Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee Climate change is threatening the existence of the world’s most amazing bird We know Moonbird’s age, explains nature writer Phillip Hoose [author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice] (who has written an eponymous book about him), because he was originally banded in 1995. And even then, he was an adult bird, meaning he was at least 2 years old. Since then, the…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 17, 2014

This is our inaugural weekly newsletter of noteworthy items regarding our award winning authors, illustrators and children’s books. We hope you enjoy it! Kennedy Center to Stage MOCKINGBIRD in the Family Theater in 2015 from BroadwayWorld.com The Kennedy Center and VSA present the world premiere production of Mockingbird from January 17 to February 1, 2015 in the Family Theater. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, the production is based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Kathryn Erskine, adapted by Julie Jensen and features direction by Tracy Callahan. This production for young audiences and their families is recommended for ages 10 and up. Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson among speakers at BookCon 2015 from School Library Journal BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books to host two gatherings that spotlight authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson, at BookCon 2015. Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee Bestselling Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Must-Read 2014 Picks! from Parade.com Bestselling YA authors pick their 2014 faves and you’re not going to want to miss this list, from authors…

SAVE THE DATE: JANE ADDAMS DAY, December 10th
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 1, 2014

On Jane Addams Day, we invite you to consider how to insert peaceful practices into your life and to cultivate justice into your community. Join us in celebrating Jane Addams Day, established as a commemorative holiday in Illinois in 2006 to remind their citizens of Addams’ lifelong commitment to making the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois – and the entire world – a better place. The signing of the bill making December 10 a State Holiday brought to fruition over two years of dedicated work by Dongola Unit School teacher Cindy Vines and a team of five eighth-grade students-John Cauble, Katie Forcht, Brittany Lannom, Jennifer Medlin and Chayse Swink. They made it their goal to advocate for a state holiday honoring Jane Addams after discovering there were no state or national holidays honoring women anywhere in the USA (from: The History of Jane Addams Day, A Presentation by Jan Lisa Huttner). On Dec. 10, 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, which primarily honored her work as the founder and leader of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. When the prize was awarded, Halvdan Koht, a prominent Norwegian…

Judith Joseph Living Fund
Newsletter , Uncategorized / September 2, 2014

It is with broken hearts and hope for the future that JAPA announces the opening of the Judith Joseph Living Fund. Judith’s love of books, children, literacy, peace and all things good, made this decision easy for us. We hope to honor Judith’s life by using donated funds to bring delight to the world’s children through our award winning books for decades to come. Please share this information with all who were touched by this special woman we were fortunate enough to call her sister.

Ruth Chalmers 1922-2014
Newsletter , Uncategorized / September 2, 2014

Ruth ChalmersPhoto credit: Leah FastenSmith Alumnae Quarterly Fall 2009 Ruth Chalmers 1922-2014 Executive Director JAPA 1952-1994 Board member JAPA 2000-2003 The Jane Addams Peace Association has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of shared memories we’ve received since the notice of Ruth’s passing was posted. “She was a wonderful guide and model for so many of us, more importantly the hours-the years and the expertise she gave toward the work of JAPA is a contribution toward a world at peace that no one can calculate” “To honor Ruth, the ‘heart of JAPA’; The heart’s beat keeps the body alive” “The words that come to mind when I think of Ruth ~common sense, integrity, flexibility, generosity, wisdom a love of learning and the ability to the humorous side of almost everything” “Our modest contribution is meant to emphasize the fact that whatever Ruth has ever done it has carried twice the weight and produced twice the fruit of any other’s endeavors.” “Ruth was such a positive woman, very clear in her mind, frank and honest, warm and had a most surprising and refreshing sense of humour.” “Ruth Chalmers, Presente” We thank US WILPF’s many past presidents, International WILPF’s past and current Presidents,…

Book Highlight Part 7
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 25, 2014

Now for the final installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Sonja Cherry-Paul for Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Jacqueline Woodson uses clear understated language to capture the subtle ways in which cruelty and bullying appear in classrooms, schools, and in the lives of children. Each Kindness is a beautiful and poignant story that shines a light on what happens when children reject, rather than embrace, difference. Maya is new to the school and when she is brought to her new classroom, Chloe and her friends stare at her. They shun her in class and at recess. They nickname her “Never New” and mock her clothes and shoes that appear old and worn. Whenever Maya attempts to play with them, they say no. And so, at recess Maya stands by the fence or jumps rope alone. Soon Chloe and her peers notice that Maya’s seat in the classroom is empty and after several days, they discover that Maya would not be returning to class. Chloe’s shame is palpable to readers. “That afternoon, I walked home alone. When I reached the pond, my throat filled…

Book Highlight Part 6
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 25, 2014

Now for the sixth installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Lani Gerson for We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson. Adults are always telling young people that they can grow up to make a difference; that they should prepare themselves for an uncertain future by getting smarter, more skilled and better prepared to become accomplished agents for change. Cynthia Levinson has written a wonderful book that tells the stories of how young people in Birmingham, Alabama during the crucial months of 1963 become their own heroes right then and there. While adults in the civil rights movement struggled to find the way forward in their efforts to bring about freedom and integration in Birmingham, young people, children really, stepped into the worrisome void and made history. In this time of many significant anniversaries, the complex and inspiring actions of Birmingham’s black youngsters, culminating in the Children’s March, marks its 50th, and today we honor that history, the history makers and the history writers of that time period. You know a book of history is successful when people like…