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Uncategorized / April 25, 2018

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Jane Addams Peace Association Ensuring the future of peace education for children – Sponsor of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award FLEXIBLE HOURS & LOCATION HEALTHCARE BENEFITS SEND RESUME/CV: info@janeaddamspeace.org

Language and Activism: Edwidge Danticat #JACBA Newsletter 6Apr2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 6, 2017

April 28th, 8:00am CST: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Language and Activism: Interview with Edwidge Danticat ED: For me, thinking about what the artist-citizen role is, is something that I’ve always thought about. But I feel like we live in a climate that now is demanding action because you see all that your neighbors are going through. Language is where I’ve always turned to for inspiration, for solace. Writing is the biggest weapon I have. For me, it just felt like one of the ways that I do self-care and also get inspired for what seems now a daily struggle that I see in my community, is by revisiting the works of writers like Audre Lorde, or Gwendolyn Brooks, or Langston Hughes, and others who really had similar struggles in their own time, and to go back and revisit what they’ve done, to inspire us to move on. Read More Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation written by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub 2016 Awardee Line Breaks for Resistance: How Black Poetry Lets Us…

We Need All the Poetry We Can Get & Newsweek Features the Green Book #JACBA Newsletter 31Mar2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 1, 2017

April 28th: Video announcement and press release made public Watch this space for a special announcement regarding the announcement of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners and Honorees! Word Around Town Combines Public Art With Poetry The temporary public art project, Word Around Town, consists of two arrow-shaped signs rimmed in flashing lights and lit from within, situated in the yards of two corner houses facing North Flores Street. Rather than selling hamburgers or tires, each side features a tiny poem, almost a haiku, by distinguished local poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Jenny Browne, current poet laureate of San Antonio. “We need jokes,” Nye said. “Call them anything – medicine, aphorism, jokes, horoscopes…feel free, people.” Read More ‘Out Of Wonder’ Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets Kwame Alexander on his poem celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye, “How to Write a Poem”: ‘she writes such accessible, such wise, such warm words … and that’s what most of us feel when we’re trying to ask the questions about our lives – I think poetry is a way of helping us at least begin to understand ourselves better, and eventually, each other.’ Read More Habibi written by Naomi Shihab Nye…

Books about Refugees for Kids & Adults #JACBA Newsletter 17Mar2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 19, 2017

16 Books about Refugees for Kids & Adults For anyone trying to understand what it feels like to be driven from your home or your country, books-many first-person accounts, written by refugees themselves-are a good first step toward insight. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai Vietnam to Alabama is a difficult journey, and Ha’s story (which echoes the author’s life) chronicles it in beautiful free verse. Easy to read even for a reluctant reader, these poems are a good way into one 10-year-old girl’s experience as a refugee. Read More Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 2012 Awardee Getting to Know the Man of the Moment Teri Kanefield, nonfiction author of such fine books as The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement (2014) … continues her well-researched book, illustrated with archival images, with a brisk account of the life Hamilton had led, from his 1755 birth and harsh boyhood in the Caribbean island of Nevis and on to his rise to becoming General George Washington’s indispensible aide during the Revolutionary War. Throughout, Ms. Kanefield includes samples of Hamilton’s writing, including his poetry. Read More The…

11-year-old organizes Books N Bros: reading club that lifts up African-American literature and culture #JACBA Newsletter 10Mar2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 12, 2017

Books N Bros’ 11-year-old founder wants to help boys love reading at an age when they often don’t 11-year-old St. Louisan Sidney Keys III started a reading club for boys his age to band together in their love of books. He calls it Books N Bros, and the club has an emphasis on making reading fun while lifting up African American literature and culture. In February, for Black History Month, the group read “A Song for Harlem: Scraps of Time,” by Patricia McKissack, a St. Louis-based children’s book author. For now, the book club has plans to stay boys-only, but Caldwell said there’s another book club called Nerdy Girls, which is aimed at girls between ages 6-12 and has over 75 members. Caldwell and Keys plan on partnering with Nerdy Girls in the future. Read More A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter written by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack 1990 Awardee Books About Girl Power Just in Time for Women’s History Month A Kid’s Guide to America’s First Ladies By Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Anna DiVito Updated through 2016, A Kid’s Guide to America’s First Ladies distinguishes the women by time periods and classes, and flows throughout…

Ann Bausum: exploring under told stories from our nation’s past… ones about the quest for social justice JACBA Newsletter 3Mar2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 3, 2017

Authors, Ann Bausum and Michael H. Cottman, Discuss African Americans’ Impact on the U.S. and Beyond In continued celebration of Black History Month, National Geographic recently released books by authors, Ann Bausum and Michael H. Cottman, who have each devoted their careers to discovery, research, exploration and impact. These authors tell the unvarnished truth about African American history during the slave trade (Cottman’s Shackles From The Deep) and the Civil Rights Movement (Bausum’s The March Against Fear). While Black History Month is coming to a close, these books and the authors’ thoughts, below, remind us that black history is America’s history and celebrated every day. What inspired you to write The March Against Fear? Bausum: I’ve spent two decades exploring under told stories from our nation’s past, particularly ones about the quest for social justice. This story called out to be told for those reasons and because it shares essential history about the evolving nature of the civil rights movement during the 1960s. … As for untold stories, they are legion. The Hidden Figures books and film prove that-these stories tend to emerge vicariously, so it’s the job of authors and publishers to spot them and latch on. Read More…

Book Itch author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson: Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers #JACBA Newsletter 24Feb2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 26, 2017

On Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers” (from 2015) In her article from the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson looks back at her bookish childhood and how it informs her work as a youth services librarian in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. To commemorate Black History Month, we are highlighting a series of articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field – one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Read More The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie 2016 Awardee Bookshelf: Five Iconic African-American Biographies for Kids Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Basquiat left a vibrant legacy that Steptoe, painting and collaging on salvaged wood pieces from Basquiat’s own hunting grounds, conveys to a new generation. Steptoe’s words, too, go straight for the heart, redeeming often harsh facts of the artist’s life by focusing on how both his strength and his pain powered his art. The Legendary…

Respecting and honoring so many voices in new and existent children’s literature JACBA Newsletter 17Feb017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 17, 2017

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) names 2017 Notable Children’s Books “Rudas: Nino’s Horrendous Hermanitas.” By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. “Thunder Boy Jr.” By Sherman Alexie. Illus. by Yuyi Morales. Little, Brown. “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark.” By Debbie Levy. Illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley. Simon & Schuster. “A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day.” By Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illus. by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson. Viking. “Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis.” By Jabari Asim. Illus. by E. B. Lewis. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. “The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes.” By Duncan Tonatiuh. Illus. by the author. Abrams. “Steamboat School.” By Deborah Hopkinson. Illus. by Ron Husband. Disney/Jump at the Sun. “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler.” By Russell Freedman. illus. Clarion. “You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen.” By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Jeffery Boston Weatherford. Atheneum. “Freedom in Congo Square.” By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. little bee. “¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z!…

Books Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee #JACBA Newsletter 10Feb2017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 10, 2017

Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub Danticat’s celebration of storytelling and the bond between mother and child is an empowering one. Saya, whose mother is being detained, writes a story inspired by her mother’s experience. When her father sends Saya’s story to a newspaper, she learns firsthand that one voice, one story, can make a difference. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai Lai’s bestselling Newbery Honor book, written in short free verse, powerfully captures the alienation felt by a child forced into a new and often unwelcoming world. As 10-year-old Ha tries to adjust to life in Alabama, where she is bullied by her peers and befriended by a teacher who has some understanding of her experiences back in Vietnam, readers can empathize with Ha and all of those who are considered “foreigners” in this story of strength and resilience. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane W. Evans Children’s literature powerhouse Andrea Davis Pinkney uses verse to tell Amira’s tale of loss, hardship, and ultimately hope. Pinkney notably offers a detailed picture of…

Jane Addams Honor Illustrator Javaka Steptoe Wins Caldecott JACBA Newsletter 3Feb017
Newsletter , Uncategorized / February 3, 2017

‘A Very Incredible Day’: Javaka Steptoe on His 2017 Caldecott Medal Steptoe admired Basquiat’s courage, conviction, and vision. “I like that that he stood up for himself,” he said. “He talked about history. His curiosity about the world was very impressive. And the way he put everything together and the way he used images is very poetic.” “Whatever I’m interested in saying – and people don’t necessarily have to agree with me – if I have something to say, I have a voice that’s going to be heard. It’s kind of like Spider-Man: with great power comes great responsibility. I appreciate that. I hope to be seen as someone who thinks deeply and cares about the world, and cares about what’s going on.” Read More Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, with collage art of Javaka Steptoe 2005 Awardee Ruby Bridges, Civil Rights Activist to Speak at ASI Lectureship “ASI is honored to bring Ruby Bridges to our campus,” ASI president senior Emily Mylhousen said. “Our country is still hurting from racial tensions, as we often forget that the Civil Rights Movement is not as far back in our country’s history as we would like to think. Bridges’…