Books eligible for this Award:
- Should be suitable for children ages five through fourteen.
- May be books of any length, genre or format.
- Must be published in the United States or Canada in the calendar year preceding the Award year.
Books commended by the Addams Award meet the following two criteria:
- Exemplify literary, visual and aesthetic excellence
- Invite dialogue, passionate response, purposeful reflection, and deep questioning related to one or more of the following:
- How can people work with compassion, empathy and activism to advance Jane Addams’ belief that achieving true peace means more than ending war; it means ensuring justice for all people?
- How can people of all racial identities, gender identities, religions, abilities, classes, and cultures live and work together equitably and peaceably?
- How can people, especially young people, break cycles of fear? How can they respond creatively, nonviolently and humanely to injustice and conflict?
- How can people work together to address problems and oppression caused by prejudice, war, violence, social injustice, racism, sexism, heteronormativity, ageism, classism, ableism and all hierarchies of power and opportunity?
- How can people build respect and understanding for differences and for the worth and importance of all individuals and groups?
- How can people work for power and equality for women throughout the world?