IMPORTANT STORIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF STORYTELLING

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

The Jane Addams Peace Association seeks committee members for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee (JACBA). We are looking for members with diverse perspectives and identities among parents, teachers, librarians, activists, and child advocates, all with knowledge of children’s literature. JACBA selection committees are comprised of nine to twelve people serving three-year terms.  Applications are due no later than Monday, August 19, 2019.  APPLICATION FORM

Special Note for 2019/2020 

JAPA announces changes in the JACBA selection process and its calendar year.  The award remains grounded in its established guidelines for book eligibility and criteria while stepping into a more intersectional, representative, democratic, and public process.  Please note the following:

  • The award year will transition from a calendar year to November 1 of one year to October 31 of the next.
  • To facilitate this transition, books published between January 2019 and October 31, 2019, will NOT be considered for the award.
  • A year-long selection process, based in monthly meetings via an online collaborative platform, will be followed with the publication of shortlists of nominees for Younger and Older Children in October of each year.
  • Winning and honor titles in each category will be announced at the end of January.
  • Initially, flexibility in term lengths for individual members will be needed to assure a staggered rotation of committee members in future years.

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VIVIAN PALEY, EDUCATOR WHO PROMOTED STORYTELLING, DIES AT 90

Ms. Paley’s teaching approach involved asking children to describe an event, sometimes with only a few words, and then to dramatize it with their classmates. This taught them language skills but also compassion, fairness and how to negotiate relationships.

Her book “The Girl With the Brown Crayon” (1997), which followed a girl’s discoveries during a year of reading works by the children’s author Leo Lionni, won Harvard University Press’s annual prize for outstanding publication about education and society.

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NICOLAS, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

1988 HONOR TITLE

BY LEO LIONNI

 

 

THE MOST ANTICIPATED CHILDREN’S AND YA BOOKS OF FALL 2019

Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Brian Pinkney (Clarion, Sept.) – Newbery Medalist Park takes a character from her acclaimed 2010 novel, A Long Walk to Water, and tells the story in an illustrated format.

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GET BACK INTO SCHOOL MODE WITH THESE BOOKS

Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton beautifully depicts the young boy’s confidence-boosting imagination: In one double-page spread, as he readies himself for walking through the school’s glassed-in front door, an imaginary crown reflects back atop his proud face.

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WE SHALL OVERCOME  2014 HONOR TITLE

BY DEBBIE LEVI, ILLUSTRATED BY VANESSA BRANTLEY-NEWTON

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH RAUL COLON, THE ILLUSTRATOR BEHIND THIS YEAR’S BROOKLYN  BOOK FESTIVAL POSTER

This is the signature style of artist Raúl Colón. The elusive glow can’t be created digitally, and that’s one reason why he is sought after as an illustrator.

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A BAND OF ANGELS  2000 HONOR TITLE

BY DEBORAH HOPKINSON, ILLUSTRATED BY RAUL COLON

 

FINDING THE VISION FOR SOME PLACES/A CONVERSATION BETWEEN RENEE WATSON & SHADRA STRICKLAND

In Renée Watson’s “tender and empowering Some Places More Than Others (Bloomsbury, Sept 2019), 11-year old Amara wants nothing more for her upcoming birthday than to visit her father’s family in New York City. But her transition from the lush greenery of Portland, OR, to the bustling streets of Harlem is not easy, especially with so many new relationships to navigate and tense family secrets to uncover. Watson spoke with cover illustrator Shadra Strickland about the collaborative process to bring Amara’s layered story to life at first glance.

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WELL-READ BLACK GIRL BOOK CLUB FOUNDER GLORY EDIM ANNOUNCES FALL TITLES

The future of publishing lies in being more innovative with our outreach efforts and addressing issues of representation in every story. Our fall 2019 book club titles for adults and younger readers aim to address inequalities and improve communities through reading and reflecting on the works of Black women.

(Among the 2019 titles: Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat, Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson)

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LITTLE TOKYO BRANCH LIBRARY HONORS WRITER AT LUNCHEON

Cynthia Kadohata, Newbery Award-winning author of A Place to Belong, will be honored at the 33nd Author Recognition Luncheon…”This year, we honor Kadohata, whose compelling work explores themes of identity and helps preserve the memories of what many Japanese American families experienced in the 1940s.”

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