Jane Addams’ Author P. Hoose: “Children don’t shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.” JACBA Newsletter 7Oct2016

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.

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Hey, Little Ant written by Phillip and Hannah Hoose 1999 Awardee

Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee


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.

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Number the Stars written by Lois Lowry 1990 Awardee

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


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.

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We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 2014 Awardee


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.

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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


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.

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The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson 2003 Awardee

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 1979 Awardee

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

Number the Stars written by Lois Lowry 1990 Awardee

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

Esperanza Rising written by Pam Muñoz Ryan 2001 Awardee


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.

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Amifika written by Lucille Clifton 1978 Awardee

2016 Ceremony Invitation

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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 children.

Click here to read more about the 2016 Awards.


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