Jane Addams Authors and Illustrators Communicate Profoundly to All Ages JACBA Newsletter 31Jul2016

MOMA Acquires and Hangs a Major Early Faith Ringgold

In 2010, though, the Neuberger Museum of Art, at Purchase College in New York, reminded everyone of Ringgold’s early achievements, showing rarely seen paintings from the 1960s—searingly radical works that present racial strife and incisive political messages, as in Flag for the Moon: Die Nigger (1969), an American flag with the last two words of the piece’s title hidden within its stars and stripes.

Now the Museum of Modern Art in New York has, too, adding American People Series #20: Die (1967) to its holdings. The painting appeared in Ringgold’s first solo show, at the Spectrum co-op gallery in 1967. It shows a race riot in progress, bodies falling in every direction, even off of the canvas so that only limbs visible. Twelve feet long and six feet tall, it covers two square canvases. An all-over composition reminiscent of a Pollock abstraction or a Stuart Davis picture or, as MoMA points out on its wall label, Picasso’s Guernica.

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Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee

Playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s Documentary THE GREEN BOOK CHRONICLES Tells Of Getting Around Jim Crow

Playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s THE GREEN BOOK, was created from interviews with many elderly African Americans who recalled emotions of peril and fear while traveling which. The play had its 2011 world premiere at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit and went on to win recognition as a finalist in the 12th Annual Last Frontier Theater Conference held in Valdez, Alaska.

He wrote about the subject again in the children’s book “Ruth and The Green Book,” about a young girl whose family uses the book on a trip from their home in Chicago to visit her grandma in Alabama.

Ramsey’s newest project is a full-length documentary about the history of “The Green Book” with commentary from those who used it to survive while on the road.

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Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud, illustrated byJohn Holyfield 2012 Awardee

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss and illustrated by Floyd Cooper 2011 Awardee

Young-Adult Author Jacqueline Woodson on Writing Stories That Appeal to All Ages

The award-winning writer talked to The Root about her latest work, her first book for adults in over a decade.

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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Jacqueline Woodson 1996 Awardee

I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This 1995 Awardee

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

We Need Diverse Books To Publish 2 Anthologies With Stories By Matt De La Pena, Jacqueline Woodson And More

The two anthologies — one middle grade and the other young adult — will feature an incredible lineup of diverse authors. The MG anthology, titled Flying Lessons & Other Stories, will include original stories from Newbery Medal winners Matt de la Peña and Kwame Alexander, National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, Soman Chainani, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle, and the late Walter Dean Myers, a five-time Coretta Scott King award winner and a winner of the Printz Medal. The collection will also feature a story from debut author Kelly J. Baptist, the winner of WNDB’s short-story contest.

The second collection — a young adult collection — is titled Lift Off. The anthology will include original stories from Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Malinda Lo, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, and Nicola Yoon. The anthology will be dedicated in memory of Walter Dean Myers.

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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Jacqueline Woodson 1996 Awardee

I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This 1995 Awardee

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

Crossing Bok Chitto: told in written form by nationally recognized Choctaw storyteller, Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges 2007 Awardee

Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee

Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Ann Grifalconi 2003 Awardee

9 Books By Latin Authors I Wish I Had As A Teenager

As a child growing up Mexican-American in El Paso, Texas, this book about a Mexican girl’s search for her place in the world was exactly what I needed.

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Cana by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom 2009 Awardee

Publishers Weekly: Spring 2017 Children’s Sneak Previews

Henry Holt revs up for Bravo: Poems About Amazing Latinos by
Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael Lopez, paying poetic tribute to
Latinos who have faced life’s challenges in creative ways …

Holiday House sets up the telescope for Caroline’s Comets by Emily Arnold McCully, profiling the 18th-century housekeeper-turned-world-famous-astronomer Caroline Herschel…

From Clarion, One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn, the chilling tale of a bullied girl who dies during the flu epidemic of 1918 and returns to haunt one of her tormentors …

From RANDOM HOUSE/LAMB, Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone, in association with Girl Rising, an exploration of various barriers to education inspired by a film from the titular global campaign for girls’ education

Schwartz & Wade steps up to the plate with A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, written as a thank-you note to a special teacher from the student who never forgot her.

Beach Lane Books presents Secret Project by Jonah Winter, illus. by Jeanette Winter, which focuses on one of history’s most secret scientific projects—the creation of the atomic bomb…

Dangerous Jane Gets a New Name (working title) by Suzanne Slade, illus. by Alice Ratterree, a picture book biography of activist Jane Addams

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The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom by Emily Arnold McCully 2008 Awardee

December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn 1989 Awardee

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Cana by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom 2009 Awardee

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone 2010 Awardee

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee

Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924 2004 Awardee

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers 2000 Awardee

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evan 2016 Awardee

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter 2010 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

Read more about the 2016 Awards

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