Inspiration for Writing and Writing that Inspires JACBA Newsletter 27Aug2016

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Cynthia Kadohata


Kadohata is the Newbery Medal-winning author of the YA novel “Kira-Kira.” For our “Next Chapter” series, she talks about an eye-opening bus trip she took across the U.S. right before she

left home.

For me, going on this bus trip was one of the real pivotal times in my life. I met people who I never would have ordinarily met. I was on a bus with a woman in her 80s who said she was

dying, and this was going to be her last trip that she would ever take. She had lived in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years and gone to California to pick fruit. And I was just fascinated

by her life. We talked for hours on the bus, and she hugged me afterwards. I remember we were standing in, I think it was Texas somewhere, and they were grasshoppers hopping all over the

parking lot. And she hugged me and told me to have a good life.

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Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata 2007 Awardee

Literary Riot: Liquor, My Father’s Other Daughter


In collaboration with Get Lit: Get Lit – Words Ignite unites classic and spoken word poetry to empower youth and inspire communities. By engaging youth in literature in and after school,

Get Lit allows teens to become engaged in their own futures and unearth their potential. “Claim your poem, claim your life.”

14 year old Charter School Student:

I chose “Moonchild” by Lucille Clifton because it was a poem that I personally connected to.

“Moonchild” is based off of what she (Lucille Clifton) wanted to say to her father and there were a lot of things I wanted to be able to say to my father that I didn’t necessarily know how


I always was very afraid to talk about it or felt like it was an awkward thing to talk about so I just kept it in. But being able to write my feelings down on paper and speak to people in a

way other than just blatantly saying it helped me.

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Amifika by Lucille Clifton 1978 Special Recognition Awardee

Narrator turns Woodson’s prose into a melody


Narrator Robin Miles expertly translates Woodson’s narrative bits into pieces of melody. The audio opens with a slow, smoky jazz interlude and Miles’ low voice complements the music. This

tonal setting is soon followed by August’s query as she remembers the trio of girls with whom she grew up. “If we had had jazz, would we have survived differently?” August wonders. “We had

the Top 40 music of the 1970s trying to tell our story. It never quite figured us out.”

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Jacqueline Woodson: Writing 101

Choosing Your Critics Wisely
3 Stages of Constructive Criticism: Praise, Question, Critique


“It’s important that the criticism be constructive because otherwise it’s destructive.” In a video for Big Think, Jacqueline Woodson explains the three stages of critique that are part of

her writing process. Woodson speaks about her most recent novel, Another Brooklyn (Amistad, 2016), in “A Great Good” by Rigoberto González in the September/October issue of Poets and

Writers Magazine.

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Talking with author Jacqueline Woodson about ‘Another Brooklyn’


Language really matters. It’s one thing to tell a story; it’s another to care deeply about the way the words are working together. I want people to really take their time reading it. When

someone says to me, “I read that book in a day,” I’m like, “It took me three years to write. Go back and read it again [laughs].”

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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

Books in Brief: We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman


We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman, who won the Newbery Medal for “Lincoln: A Photobiography,” tells the moving story of the brave young people of the White Rose student resistance movement in Germany who used mimeograph machines, postage stamps and leafleting to fight Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

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Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman 2007 Awardee

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman 1995 Awardee

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman 1994 Awardee

Montgomery to close out Lyceum


The 2016 Monadnock Summer Lyceum season will end on Sunday, Aug. 21 with a splash as local author and National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery leads us into the underwater world of the


Pursuing these solitary shape-shifters — creatures with no bones, three hearts, and blue blood — she examines the many kinds of possible minds, the mystery of consciousness, and the nature

of love.

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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery 2013 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.

Learn More and Check Out the Flyer

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

Read more about the 2016 Awards

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