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Illustrated Books About Women Who Changed The World #JACBA Newsletter 28Jul2017

14 Illustrated Books About Women Who Changed The World

‘Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women’ by Catherine Thimmesh and Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Women have invented some pretty amazing things throughout history – you just didn’t know it. Girls Think of Everything is a smart collection of stories, each with a compelling voice that makes you feel part of the stories themselves.

‘Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight’ by Kathleen Krull and Amy June Bates (Illustrator)

If you have a thing for books that tell the stories of inspiring female politicians, look no futher: Kathleen Krull and Amy June Bates’ account of Hillary Clinton’s life will take you on an inspired journey through her younger years.

‘Me, Frida’ by Amy Novesky and David Díaz (Illustrator)

Connect with the life of Frida Kahlo with this playful, poetic and mesmerizing book, styled after Frida’s artwork. Written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by David Diaz, this book tells the tale of her early days in San Francisco with her husband, the artist Diego Rivera. Frida struggled to find a muse, speak a foreign language, and learn to live a life that didn’t yet belong to her, but once she did, it changed her life forever.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014 Awardee

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales 2004 Awardee

Wilma Unlimited, written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz 1997 Awardee


David Kherdian releases memoir, ‘Factory Town: A 20th Century Memoir’

Marblehead author David Kherdian just released his latest memoir, “Factory Town: A 20th Century Memoir.” Kherdian includes 50 “chapters” of the places, people, artifacts, and events, as experienced by the people of Racine, Wis. during the long middle years of the last century, in a luminous way that will provide an awakening for all who were there, and not just the people of Racine, but all Americans, especially those in America’s rust belt.

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The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian 1980 Awardee


Rights Report: Week of July 17, 2017

Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has acquired world rights to a collection of essays titled How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation, edited by Maureen Johnson and Tim Federle, who will also contribute. Additional contributors include authors Jacqueline Woodson, Malinda Lo, Sabaa Tahir, Jason Reynolds, Libba Bray, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Joss Whedon, and many more. Publication is slated for spring/summer 2018; Kate Testerman at KT Literary represented Johnson, and Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates represented Federle. The editors and contributors have pledged the full advance of $50,000 to the ACLU.

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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


In Your Hands by Carole Boston Weatherford | SLJ Review

From award-winning Weatherford (Voice of Freedom; Moses), this poem from a black mother to her firstborn son will resonate as a prayer for all black boys.

The text is given the space to shine opposite Brian Pinkney’s art, with font size changes for impact. The illustrations, loose and fluid pastel watercolors with India ink outlines, offer a sense of warmth and comfort with swirls around the images projecting the mother’s love.

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Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney 2011 Awardee

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee


Radiant children, the future of football and eau de literary hero

Javaka Steptoe, whose picture book “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” won the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, will appear at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Studio City branch of the L.A. Public Library, and at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Felipe de Neve branch.

Expect a reading, an interactive workshop, an artist talk and a book signing. Both events are free, refreshments will be provided and attendees have the chance to win a copy of the book, which introduces “readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t have to be neat, clean, or inside the lines, to be beautiful.”

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, with collage art of Javaka Steptoe 2005 Awardee


Spring 2018 Children’s Sneak Previews

The 5 O’Clock Band by Troy Andrews, illus. by Bryan Collier, featuring a scrappy young musician who learns what it means to be an artist and a band leader in his hometown of New Orleans.

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix, the story of German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who opposed the Nazis and was part of a failed plot to assassinate Hitler.

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story by Joseph Bruchac, illus. by Liz Amini-Holmes, a picture-book biography of a Navajo soldier who helped the effort in WWII as part of the team that created an unbreakable military code using his native language.

Born to Swing by Mara Rockliff, illus. by Michele Wood, profiling female jazz pioneer Lil’ Hardin Armstrong

The Breadwinner: The Graphic Novel, adapted from the film and based on the original work by Deborah Ellis, the story of an 11-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye, which collects 100 poems that offer peace, solace, and hope

One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice, by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Julia Sarda, a picture book biography of the beloved children’s book author and wordsmith.

Every Month is a New Year by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Susan L. Roth, a celebration of New Years around the world.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes, in which the ghost of 12-year-old Jerome, killed by a police officer who believed the boy had a real gun, meets the ghost of Emmett Till and works to understand racism

Dreams from Many Rivers by Margarita Engle, a middle-grade history of Latinos in verse, told through a range of voices from past and present

Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge, exploring the complexities of the Vietnam War via the stories of veterans and a refugee, and profiles of key leaders and events

How Sweet the Sound by Carole Boston Weatherford, a biography in verse of John Newton and how he came to write the hymn “Amazing Grace”

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Doreen Rappaport with artwork by Bryan Collier 2002 Awardee

The Heart of a Chief by Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee

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

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

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee

Sitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter 1995 Awardee

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales 2004 Awardee

Wilma Unlimited, written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz 1997 Awardee

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee

The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 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

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge 2010 Awardee

Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge 1999 Awardee

Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee

Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914, 2015 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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