April 30th: 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!
Faith Ringgold’s famous ‘story quilts’ come to the Crocker
Artist, activist and author Faith Ringgold works in many media – painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, masks and Tankas (painted fabrics inspired by Tibetan textiles) – but she is best known for her vibrant “story quilts” that deal with family life, jazz music, relationships, race and slavery in America.
POWER IN THE PAINTING: FAITH RINGGOLD AND HER STORY QUILTS
Through this didactic retelling of history, Faith Ringgold uses her quilts to reframe the past, freeing absent and buried voices while offering new and stronger voices to future generations.
Five questions for Winifred Conkling
Like it or not, the women’s movement was divided by racism in the nineteenth century. The issue needs to be openly discussed because it happened. It’s also important that young readers learn to appreciate their heroines as flawed and complex human beings.
Picture Books to Help Kids Weather Our Age of Anxiety
New York Times Article by Linda Sue Parks
The Book That Helps Me Survive In A Racist World
Virginia Hamilton and illustrators retold The People Could Fly in a collection of black vernacular stories published in 1985, and when my mother read those stories to me as a child, the words burrowed deep.
The best children’s books make the most vulnerable among us feel proud. Strong. It’s a forever gift, like a parent’s unconditional love. Yes, Hamilton sets out to portray the realities of slavery, but in doing so, she carefully guards the humanity of her audience.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Painting poetry portraits of influential people
Themes of “Voices in the Air” include the act of listening, political and civil unrest, cultural differences and the wonder in everyday living – themes Nye has addressed throughout her work.
Poets Nye, Sotelo and Tartt to headline April 15 fundraiser for Laura Riding Jackson Foundation
Nye, a self-described “wandering poet,” has traveled the world, leading writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages for 40 years. Born to a Palestinian father and American mother of German and Swiss descent, Nye spent her adolescence in Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas.
American Students Have Simple Demands
On May 2, 1963, thousands of students walked out of their schools in Birmingham, Alabama, to protest the racially segregated society in which they were meant to live. By the end of the day, over 1,000 of them were in jail. More of them walked out the next day. Some of them were blown down the concrete sidewalk with fire hoses, blown like trash into the gutters of the city. One of them was a nine-year-old named Audrey Faye Hendricks. In Cynthia Levinson’s excellent account of those days, there is a conversation that Audrey Faye Hendricks had with her mother:
But, before she could be free, there was something important she had to do. “I want to go to jail,” Audrey had told her mother.
So, when tens of thousands of schoolchildren walked out of class all over America on Wednesday, they weren’t merely acting in a brave and proud tradition.
Depending on how rigid their principals and school boards are, they also were taking a considerable chance.
How former Michigan autoworker Christopher Paul Curtis became a beloved chronicler of Canadian History
In January, Scholastic published the third book in what it is calling Curtis’s Buxton Chronicles, The Journey of Little Charlie.
When we first meet Charlie in 1858, he’s a product of his environment, who has never had a reason to question the ways of the South. Things change once he makes his first journey away from home, accompanying a local plantation overseer north to retrieve a family of runaway slaves. Witnessing the ignorance and vileness of his travelling companion – a self proclaimed “slave catcher” – and faced with the task of shackling the former slaves in the streets of Detroit, Charlie’s conscience is awakened and he becomes a character today’s readers can get behind.
Underground Railroad Heritage Center
Storytelling will be enhanced by engaging digital media, graphics and other programming, as well as animated watercolors from award-winning illustrator E.B. Lewis and voice-over work by Emmy Award-winning actor Keith David.
“Our goal is to help visitors recognize that some modern injustices have direct roots in slavery, while other contemporary struggles parallel those of nineteenth century freedom seekers,”
Students learn life lessons from Battle of the Books
“Wolf Hollow” by Lauren Wolk, set in a rural Pennsylvania community during World War II, was mentioned more than once as a favored book this year. “It taught me that when things are hard to do, what’s good is to do the right thing,” said Waynesville Middle’s Mariel Ottinger. Her teammate Scarlett Strickland added that it taught her about “how to deal with bullies and be responsible.”
Don’t burn the opportunity to participate in, support Big Read
Joseph Bruchac, renowned writer of Native American heritage and traditions, will be present to lead families along the trail and give out free copies of his book “How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes.”
The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.