Historic Selma Activist Honored to Receive 2016 JACBA – JACBA Newsletter 12Aug2016

Lowery Book Wins Award

Selma native Lynda Blackmon Lowery has won an award for her book that details turning 15 years old while participating in the Selma to Montgomery march of 1965.

Lowery was awarded the 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for her memoir, “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom.”

“It’s a great honor to win the award because the book teaches about tolerance and freedom, and it feels fantastic. I’m very humble,” Lowrey said.

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery 2016 Awardee


Authors descend on Asheville bookstores in August

‘Glam’ picture book illustrator

Introducing her new picture book, “Mary Had a Little Glam” (words by Tammi Sauer), Vanessa Brantley-Newton will read at Spellbound Aug. 13. The book is a new spin on familiar nursery rhymes, led by fashionista Mary, who helps characters from the kids who live in a shoe to Jack (of Jack and Jill) to up their fashion game. It’s a Fancy-Nancy style story with a twist. Charlotte-based Brantley-Newton is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including “One Love,” “Every Little Thing” and “Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her.”

Brantley-Newton will appear at 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at Spellbound.

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We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 2014 Awardee


Bonds of Brooklyn

With “Another Brooklyn,” Jacqueline Woodson has delivered a love letter to loss, girlhood, and home. It is a lyrical, haunting exploration of family, memory, and other ties that bind us to one another and the world.

The language Woodson uses is, at times, astonishing. Her sentences are wonders of economy. On her pages, the oft-derided patois of teenage girlfriends — full of song lyrics, school-room facts, overheard news reports, and that gravely mystifying and misunderstood word, “love” — become elegantly sparse, full of a deep, existential longing.

The plot and language of “Another Brooklyn” are simple, but the themes and emotions are not. This remarkable book is like water. It is deceptively fluid, the languid language and pacing circling back around itself, deepening with each whirl. What begins as a homecoming novel, shifts into a coming-of-age tale until, at the end, the book has turned again and we see that this story is an elegy for both girlhood and a Brooklyn that no longer exists.

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Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996 Awardee

I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Awardee


The Enduring Power of Faith Ringgold’s Art

“I got a fabulous education in art—wonderful teachers who taught me everything except anything about African art or African American art. But I traveled and took care of that part myself.”

Ringgold passionately combines a deep commitment to social activism with a style that draws from folk art and modernist painting. Across her body of work, paintings and sculptures lay bare the discrimination that plagues our world and double as rallying cries for urgent change. “You can’t sit around waiting for somebody else to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it,” she once said. “That’s the power of being an artist.” And while the subjects and scenes that fill Ringgold’s compositions are inspired by the American experience, the themes are universal: inequality and the struggle for its eradication.

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Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 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.

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.

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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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