History will be kinder to student organizers of walkout than their critics #JACBA Newsletter

History will be kinder to student organizers of walkout than their critics

In Phillip Hoose’s book, “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice,” Colvin recounts her fear of reprisals for her activism, although it was the armed Klan she worried about, not a college rejection letter.

Her words should inspire Georgia teens facing pressure to remain silent. “But worried or not, I felt proud. I had stood up for our rights. I had done something a lot of adults hadn’t done.”

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Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose 1999 Awardee

Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee


She Walked the Walk: How Barbara Johns Continues to Inspire Us

This Black History Month we remember the life, the courage, and the sacrifice of Barbara Rose Johns. Her actions inspire us to keep walking the walk, just like she did.

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The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield 2015 Awardee


We Asked for Your Favorite Hidden Figures From Black History. Your Responses Were Powerful.

“First she liberated herself by registering to vote, and then she helped to liberate others by spreading that message and recruiting others to register to vote,” explains Carole Boston Weatherford, a New York Times bestselling author who writes about heroes and forgotten struggles for children. Her book Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, chronicles Hamer’s life through first-person poetry.

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CFA Institute Supports Diversity at the 2018 Festival of the Book

Conversations that broaden one’s thinking, that help support empathy, and that welcome all participants are more important to our community-and our nation-than ever.

African-American Heroes: Lives Told in Pictures-Lesa Cline-Ransome (Before She was Harriet), James Ransome (Be a King), and Carole Boston Weatherford (Schomburg) read from and discuss their historical picture books, which tell important stories of African-American heroes in the Civil Rights and social justice movements.

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Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee


The legacy of storytelling in African-American history

“My coming to writing was both an act of resistance, because how dare me not be on the pages. And a desire to not have my experience of spending many years not seeing myself on the pages happen for another young person,” Woodson said.

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Young People’s Ambassador Jacqueline Woodson

The Library of Congress in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader inaugurated Jacqueline Woodson as the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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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


If Afghanistan Ran The Oscars, ‘The Breadwinner’ Would Triumph

“After the movie was over and the lights were turned back on, I saw tears in the eyes of many Afghans. I couldn’t stop my own tears,” says Abdul Rahim Ahmad Parwani, deputy country director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, an organization that supports education for Afghan women and girls. “There was a short uncalled-for silence at the end of the film. That itself explains how the movie connected with Afghans.”

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How screenwriter Anita Doron adapted The Breadwinner into an Oscar-nominated film

Since it was published in 2000, the YA novel The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis has resonated with readers around the world. The story centers on 11-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to work in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan after her father is inexplicably taken to prison. The Breadwinner was recently adapted into an animated film, which was produced by Angelina Jolie.

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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 by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee


Children’s Books: India Before & After

Claire A. Nivola’s delicate watercolors show him collecting cast-off materials and then slowly, on disused scrubland, constructing a hidden world of sculptures, mosaics and flowering plants. Incredibly, we’re told, “Nek built his kingdom over twelve acres and kept it secret for fifteen years,” and in a jaw-dropping two-page fold-out of photographs at the end, we see his secret kingdom’s stunning contours. It’s an amazing, impossible creation-and it’s real.

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Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, written by Linda Glaser with paintings by Claire A. Nivola 2011 Awardee

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai, written and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola 2009 Awardee


The Bookshelf: In ‘Mary’s Monster,’ Mary Shelley Comes to Life

This week on The Bookshelf from NHPR is Lita Judge of Peterborough. Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, was first published 200 years ago. It told the story of Dr. Frankenstein who created a living thing, a monster, using parts of human bodies stolen from a graveyard. A new book by Peterborough author and illustrator Lita Judge tells the story of how Mary Shelley came to write her most famous novel. It’s called, Mary’s Monster.

Lita Judge’s Reading Recommendations: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle. “I adore Margarita Engle. She is a beautiful Cuban-American poet who writes with such evocative language. This is a memoir in verse. It’s a transporting experience to live through her eyes. We learn compassion and kindness for other people through their personal stories.”

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One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge 2008 Awardee

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

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


Well constructed in South Sudan

The project began during the 2015-16 school year after Fort Loudoun Middle School students read “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park, which includes a true story of Salva Dut, a Sudanese Lost Boy, and a fictional story of young village girl Nya. The book was distributed to each middle school over the course of a year.

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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee

When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park 2003 Awardee

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.

Read more about the 2017 Awards.

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