Jane Addams Author, Margarita Engle Named Young People’s Poet Laureate #JACBA Newsletter 19May2017

Margarita Engle Named Young People’s Poet Laureate

The Poetry Foundation is honored to announce that Margarita Engle has been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. Awarded every two years, the laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers.

“Margarita Engle’s passion, knowledge of nature, and curiosity about the world make her work fascinating to children and adults alike,” says Henry Bienen, president of the Poetry Foundation. “We are delighted that Ms. Engle has accepted the position of Young People’s Poet Laureate and will now be a greater part of the Poetry Foundation community.”

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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


Cinco de Mayo: Books that demonstrate the contributions of a talented, hardworking people

This day, let America affirm the presence of Mexican-Americans – a people whose influence can be felt throughout the United States. Their contributions are many and are inspired by the possibilities of innovative expression in American arts. Therefore, with much appreciation and veneration, let America stand and salute Matt de la Pena, Margarita Engle, Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, and many others for their recognizable talents displayed in children’s literature.

The Wild Book by Margarita Engle is a novel written in verse, sprinkled with beautiful Spanish words and phrases. It’s a fictionalized tale about the author’s grandmother, who as a child, struggled with reading.

The author has brilliantly created a protagonist with a child’s point of view of how living with a reading disorder can be very painful. She has given voice to children who often feel left out of the loop.

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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


Bookmarks reveals Grisham’s return, other authors coming to festival

Bookmarks officials announced the children’s book authors who will attend the 2017 festival.

At the top of that list is Javaka Steptoe, the author of “Radiant Child,” a book about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat that won the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal. Steptoe is an artist, designer and illustrator. His debut picture book, “In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall,” won the Coretta Scott King Award, and “Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow” received a Coretta Scott King Honor.

Margarita Engle, a Cuban-American author, wrote the Charlotte Zolotow Award-winner “Drum Dream Girl.” Engle has written many verse books, including the Newbery Honor Book “The Surrender Tree” and the Walter Dean Myers Honor for “Enchanted Air.” Her books also have received multiple Pura Belpre and Americas Awards as well as a Jane Addams Award and an International Reading Association Award.

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


SMS kids raise funds for water inspired by Park novel they read

A group of seventh graders from Sunrise Middle School who recently read the novel “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park were inspired to help provide clean water to children around the world.

In one week, the students raised $655.73 to donate to World Vision. Several students and teachers from Sunrise also participated in the Global 6K Walk for Water on Saturday in Kearney. They walked six kilometers around the city while carrying jugs of water to promote this cause.

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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


2017 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners Announced

INDIE CHAMPION AWARD
The Indie Champion Award is presented to the author or illustrator who booksellers feel has the best sense of the importance of independent bookstores to their communities at large and the strongest personal commitment to foster and support the mission and passion of independent booksellers. This year’s winner is:

Louise Erdrich

E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Honor Books:

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis, by Jabari Asim, E.B. Lewis (Illus.) (Nancy Paulsen Books)

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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial, written by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, 2017 Awardee

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

Night Boat to Freedom, written by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee


OMCA Dorothea Lange Photo Exhibit: ‘She Was Always Willing To Take On Anything’

“She was always willing to take on anything, even a big system. She wanted to show people why it was unfair,” said Elizabeth Partridge, Lange’s goddaughter and biographer. “It’s Dorothea’s theme: what about the underdog?”

Despite intense subject matter, the images in Lange’s photography depict people who project both determination and depression. Partridge sees the roots of Lange’s empathy and passion for freedom in a childhood disease that left the photographer with a deformed foot.

“Given the adversity she faced as a child, where she had polio that gave her a lifelong limp, and her father abandoned the family when she was about 12… those were the kinds of things she had to overcome,” said Partridge, “so she certainly was always aware of people’s ability to overcome adversity.”

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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


Senior wins Chavez scholarship

San Benito High School senior Viviana De Jesus Villa was awarded the Chavez Family Vision Scholarship at a special breakfast in San Jose on March 31.

There, she met keynote speaker Dr. Francisco Jimenez, author of the books including The Circuit and Breaking Through.

The Chavez Family Vision Scholarship gives cash grants to cover the educational expenses of college students committed to promoting economic and social justice through non-violence, volunteerism, and public action in order to bring about positive changes in society.

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez 1998 Awardee


At Dartmouth, Poet Talks About ‘Dividing Lines’

Her reading, which was followed by a question and answer session between Nye and the audience, was part of an author series sponsored by the college’s Leslie Center for the Humanities called “Poetics of Politics – Politics of Poetics.”

As Nye sees it, dividing lines can take many different forms. For instance, in downtown San Antonio, Texas, where she lives, developers want to revamp the Alamo to attract more tourists, a plan that includes installing a glass wall around the original perimeter of the property, she said. The barrier around the Alamo echoes the barriers Nye has consistently sought to overcome through the power of language.

“This is why activism is so important on a local level,” she said, adding that for her, “poetry isn’t trying to make a lot of money, or run for office, or do anything insidious. It’s just trying to tell truths in an authentic voice.”

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Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee

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.

Read more about the 2017 Awards.

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