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Book Highlight: Part 2
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 2, 2014

Now for the second installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Susan Freiss, Selection Committee Member for Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery. Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, is named an Honor Book for Older Children. This biography with much first person input from Ms. Grandin herself explains how her autistic mind works, how her peers and family perceive her, and her relentless efforts as an activist. Introduction Remarks by Susan Freiss, Selection committee member. This biography, written with much first person input from Temple herself, explores her perspective and experience growing up and living with autism. We see Temple overcoming obstacles and prejudice put in her way as a woman and as a differently able person. Temple combined her love of animals and her unique insights to create cruelty free animal facilities that are now used around the world. Reka Somonsen, Houghton Mifflin and Susan Freiss, Book Awards Committee Member The children who…

Book Highlight: part 1
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 26, 2014

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. 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…

Happy Jane Addams Day!
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 10, 2013

On Jane Addams Day we invite you to consider how to insert peaceful practices into your life and as a strategy 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 decision to celebrate Jane Addams’ life on Dec. 10 marked the first time in Illinois state history that a day was set to commemorate a woman’s accomplishments. Jane Addams Day is more than an expression of pride in one of Illinois’ most famous citizens. The story of Jane Addams can teach young people that one person really can make a difference. Back in 1860, when Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, well-behaved young women from small towns in northern Illinois didn’t have many opportunities to go to college and pursue professional careers. But Jane Addams had an ambitious dream of changing the world. So she moved to Chicago’s West Side, with the idea of helping the many immigrants who were struggling to make ends meet. Soon Jane Addams’ Hull…

Civil Rights Movement Spotlighted at Jane Addams Book Awards Ceremony
Newsletter , Uncategorized / October 22, 2013

Civil Rights Movement Spotlighted at Jane Addams Book Awards Ceremony The Civil Rights Movement was at the forefront this year at the 60th annual Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards ceremony, held October 18 in New York City. The awards are given annually to children’s books, praised for their excellence, that also promote peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and races.

Wisconsin Book Festival Event
Newsletter , Uncategorized / October 1, 2013

Children Live What They LearnOctober 19 2013, 1 pmA Room of One’s Own 315 W Gorham St Madison, WI Use the Jane Addams Peace Association award-winning books in your classroom or living room to help children learn about peace and justice. Join teachers, students and members of the Madison branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in a discussion of the 60th annual JANE ADDAMS award-winning children’s books. Attend the session and win a book in our drawing! For more information call Karen 608 467 2637.

Des Moines Branch JAPA Book Committee
Newsletter , Uncategorized / September 5, 2013

The Des Moines Branch of WILPF has a Jane Addams Peace Association Book Committee with five regular members as well as others who lend their support. The goal of this enthusiastic committee has been to plant seeds of social justice and peace activism using the books as a tool. The committee meets to brainstorm new ways of presenting these beautiful books to children and to draw on each other’s experiences. Working in teams, part of the Committee has engaged elementary age children with ‘read and draw’, asking the children to draw a picture that best represents the book after hearing the WILPFer read it and show them the illustrations. As Meg Barnes Tvrdik, 2nd grade teacher, shared with us after a ‘read and draw’: “As an educator of young children, I’m always trying to find new ways to teach about conflict resolution, diversity, and poverty. Many of these topics are very sensitive to children. The Jane Addams Peace Association Children Book Award winners are fine examples of educational tools. The books communicate serious topics in a way that is unthreatening to children.” At the Middle School level, we have donated the books directly to an interested teacher whose curriculum included…