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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…

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards & Inheriting Legacies of Peace and Justice Program
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 18, 2013

By: Jan Corderman, Board Member, Jane Addams Peace Association The April 27 announcement of this years’ winners of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards and Peace & Justice program was held at Hull House in Chicago, the first settlement house in the United States co-founded by Addams. First awarded in 1953, the Awards honor exemplary children’s literature that most effectively promote peace, social justice, world community, and gender and racial equality to young readers. Book Selection Committee members Susan Freiss, Jacqui Kolar and Beth McGowan enlisted the help of fourth and fifth grade children who had read and come to greatly admire the award winners with their teachers, Friess and teaching partner Jennifer Peterson in announcing and describing two winners and four honor books. The children also participate in conversation during the reading aloud of the winning book for younger readers. See for a list of this year’s winning and honor books and to view a fabulous new searchable data-base of previous winners. Friess and Peterson, from Stoner Prairie Elementary in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, told of their work in the classroom with Jane Addams Children’s Books and extended an invitation to all present to talk with children about peace and…

2013 Jane Addams Childrens Book Award Winners & Honorees
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 28, 2013

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED APRIL 27, 2013… Recipients of the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards were announced today by the Jane Addams Peace Association. Each Kindness, written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin, is the winner in the Books for Younger Children category. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, written by Cynthia Levinson and published by Peachtree Publishers, is the winner in the Books for Older Children category. Each Kindness: Small actions, or the lack of them, can be haunting as is the case for Maya and for Chloe in their rural elementary school. This open-ended, profound tale created in free verse and sober watercolors glimpses interactions between Chloe and Maya, the new girl arriving midyear in broken sandals, before the teacher invites students to ponder their kindnesses. We’ve Got a Job In 1963, four thousand young African American students, from elementary through high school, voluntarily went to jail in one of the most racially violent cities in America. Focusing on four of these students, this photo essay recounts the riveting events throughout the Children’s March. Two books were named Honor Books in…