Maine Voices: History lesson vindicates students protesting national anthem by Phillip Hoose
As Justice Fortas wrote in 1969, children don’t shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.
Phillip Hoose of Portland is the author of “We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History,” a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category.
Even Published Authors Get Stuck: How to Overcome Writer’s Block
To celebrate HMH’s Spark a Story contest, we turned to some of our authors and novelists to get their tips for how to overcome writer’s block. Not everyone believes in it, but they all give great advice on how to sit down and create a piece of writing worth reading.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg stars in a children’s book, and other best kids’ and YA books
There’s a new strong-willed young heroine in the world of children’s
literature: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In the picture book I Dissent: Ruth
Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (Simon & Schuster, ages 4 to 8),
author Debbie Levy and illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley introduce young
Ruth as a smart, vocal girl who grew up in the ’40s facing sexism,
anti-Semitism and even a bias for right-handedness.
Meet the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35
When Brit Bennett got the phone call that could change her career, she was sitting in a Coffee Bean in Encino, the neighborhood where the 26-year-old novelist now makes her home.
It was an unforgettable moment for Bennett, who started writing “The Mothers” when she was a high school student. And it was made sweeter by the fact that her book was selected for the honor by Jacqueline Woodson, an author who Bennett had long admired and once met briefly.
The National Book Foundation, which presents the National Book Awards, launched its 5 Under 35 program in 2006 to highlight the work of young literary talents.
2016 National Book Festival in Photos
The National Book Festival, now in its 16th year, was held Saturday, September 24, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event included speakers and sessions that featuring many favorite authors for children and teens, including Katherine Paterson, Kwame Alexander, Sophie Blackall, Jerry Pinkney, Melissa Sweet, Lois Lowry, Raina Telgemeier, Tonya Bolden, Aaron Becker, Meg Medina, Jacqueline Woodson, Kate Beaton, and many others. See our selection of photos from the day’s festivities.
Pulitzers in Person: Honoring W.S. Merwin & Lucille Clifton
Join us from the comfort of your living room for Pulitzers in Person: a tribute to the work of the legendary WS MERWIN and LUCILLE CLIFTON, featuring poets ELLEN BASS, MAURICE MANNING, and CAMILLE RANKINE in conversation about what makes the work of these two Pulitzer-recognized writers so extraordinary. October 6, 2016, 7:00 pm PDT.
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!
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.