Engle Recipient of Lee Hopkins Poetry Award & National Student Poets have Passion for Justice and Quest for Beauty JACBA Newsletter 17Sept2016

Engle to receive Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Sept. 20
Verse memoir by Cuban-American author contrasts her two worlds

Margarita Engle, 2016 winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, will receive the national children’s poetry honor at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on Penn State’s University Park campus. Following the award presentation,

Engle will speak about her writing, specifically the use of historical works to communicate with children, and show photos from Cuba to illustrate scenes from her winning verse memoir, “Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings.”

The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is named for the internationally renowned educator, poet, anthologist, and passionate advocate of poetry for young people. Established in 1993, the award is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for the most outstanding new book of poetry for children published in the previous calendar year.

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, written by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee


White House Committee Names Five Student Poets For Prestigious National Student Poets Program

The fifth annual class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP)-the nation’s highest honor for youth poets- has been announced by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

All student works in consideration for the National Student Poets Program are judged based on exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise by a jury of luminaries and leaders in education and the arts. This year’s panel of judges included Kwame Alexander (Newbery Medal-winning poet), Jennifer Benka (author and executive director of the Academy of American poets), Michael Earl Craig (Montana State Poet Laureate), Toi Derricotte (professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh), Edward Hirsch (President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation), Naomi Shihab Nye (acclaimed poet and Academy of American Poets Chancellor) and Alice Quinn (executive director of the Poetry Society of America).

“Hearing the Class of 2015 National Student Poets perform their collaborative poem at the Chancellor Conversations was one of the highlights of the 2015 Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum. It was amazing to read all these great voices during the selection process. The young poets’ works are stunning, smart, sophisticated, deeply woven and wondrous… They are haunting, thoughtful, surprising; their verve and vitality convey important subject matter. Truly I love them all!” – Naomi Shihab Nye, award-winning poet and recipient of the 2013 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

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Habibi written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee


Oscar-Nominated Cartoon Saloon, Angelina Jolie Pitt Team With WestEnd on ‘The Breadwinner’ (EXCLUSIVE)

International sales agent and financier WestEnd Films has teamed up once again with Irish studio Cartoon Saloon following their successful partnership on Oscar-nominated animated movie “Song of the Sea.” This time they are working together on “The Breadwinner,” which is produced in association with Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Jolie Pas Prods. WestEnd will be introducing the film to buyers in Toronto.

“The Breadwinner” centers on a young Afghan girl who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family after the Taliban imprison her father. It is based on Deborah Ellis’ novel, which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide across 25 languages. Ellis wrote the film’s screenplay with Anita Doron.

The film is directed by Nora Twomey, co-director of animated-feature Oscar-nominee “The Secret of Kells.”

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The Heaven Shop, by Deborah Ellis 2005 Awardee

The Breadwinner Trilogy, three books by Deborah Ellis 2004 Awardee

Parvana’s Journey written by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee


UNM Press Author Francisco Jiménez to receive John Steinbeck Award

Francisco Jiménez, author of the bestselling UNM Press book The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, will receive the John Steinbeck Award on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at San José State University.

The John Steinbeck Award is offered to artists and activists whose work exemplifies the spirit of Steinbeck’s social engagement. Endorsed by the Steinbeck estate, the award is presented by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at SJSU.

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child written by Francisco Jiménez 1998 Awardee


Imagination Library Carnival offers fun in reading education for kids of all ages

Each year, the Imagination Library Board brings a featured children’s author to Mountain City to regale audiences with short stories and anecdotes of days gone by. This year’s featured author was Carmen Agra Deedy. She has authored a variety of children’s books and is known nationwide for her talented storytelling being featured on nationally syndicated programs such as All Things Considered on NPR.

Heritage Hall echoed with roars of laughter as Deedy brought her storytelling talent to the local stage for five performances over two days. Children and parents alike were enthralled as Deedy shared stories of growing up in Cuba and the beginning of her school days in Decatur, Georgia.

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The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark written by Carmen Agra Deedy 2001 Awardee


Millbrook Press Announces Four New Picture Books from Jane Yolen, Michele Wood, and Other Outstanding Authors and Illustrators

Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song brings together iconic African American spirituals and stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Michele Wood.

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i see the rhythm written by Toyomi Igus, illustrated by Michele Wood 1999 Awardee


‘The Fire This Time’ Is The Book We Need In The Age Of #BlackLivesMatter

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks Out On Race hopes to serve as both a proof of collective memory and a healing salve. The collection, which includes essays, poems, and letters by contributors such as Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Edwidge Danticat, and Claudia Rankine, attempts to make sense of the contradictions of a country that seems to deny the sins of the past while simultaneously repeating them.

In the collection’s final essay, “Message to My Daughters,” Edwidge Danticat uses Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook” as a guide. Danticat’s letter is equal parts hope and despair. She doesn’t want her daughters to grow into self-hating cynics or feel that their blackness is a weakness. She wants her daughters, as Baldwin said, “To decide who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.”

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Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation written by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub 2016 Awardee


World Beyond War 2016 conference

The World Beyond War 2016 conference, sponsored in part through the Jane Addams Peace Association’s Disarmament Fund, is planning a big event in Washington, D.C., in September 2016, just after the International Day of Peace, including a conference on Friday September 23 through Sunday September 25. They are also working with the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) which is planning a nonviolent activism training and planning session on the 25th and a nonviolent action in D.C. on Monday morning September 26th, with support from Campaign Nonviolence.

Speakers will include: Dennis Kucinich, Kathy Kelly, Miriam Pemberton, David Vine, Kozue Akibayashi, Harvey Wasserman, Jeff Bachman, Peter Kuznick, Medea Benjamin, Maurice Carney, David Swanson, Leah Bolger, David Hartsough, Pat Elder, John Dear, Mel Duncan, Kimberley Phillips, Ira Helfand, Darakshan Raja, Bill Fletcher Jr., Lindsey German, Maria Santelli, Mark Engler, Maja Groff, Robert Fantina, Barbara Wien, Jodie Evans, Odile Hugonot Haber, Gar Alperovitz, Sam Husseini, Christopher Simpson, Brenna Gautam, Patrick Hiller, Mubarak Awad, Michelle Kwak, John Washburn, Bruce Gagnon, David Cortright, Michael McPhearson, Sharon Tennison, Gareth Porter, John Reuwer, Pat Alviso, Larry Wilkerson, Thomas Drake, Larry Johnson, John Kiriakou, Craig Murray, Raed Jarrar, Alli McCracken, Lilly Daigle, and Alice Slater.
Speakers’ bios and photos: worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016speakers​​​

World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.​​

Join us to learn about and engage in working on viable alternatives to war and militarism.

The next application deadline for the JAPA Disarmament Fund is September 30, 2016.

Learn More and Check Out the Flyer


2016 Ceremony Invitation

Join us for a memorable afternoon of award presentations and responses by authors and illustrators.
Come 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. Please come and enjoy!

Ceremony Invitation: JPG | PDF

Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually acknowledges books published in the U.S. during the previous year. Books commended by the Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races. The books also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence.


A national committee chooses winners and honor books for younger and older children.

Click here to read more about the 2016 Awards.

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