Jane Addams authors Jacqueline Woodson and Jewel Parker Rhodes Give Meaning to History and Place JACBA Newsletter 2Sept2016

Two New Novels Succeed in Telling the Story of 9/11 to Kids

In Towers Falling, Jewell Parker Rhodes brings the narrative closer to Déja’s home in the tale of her father, who suffers from a mysterious ailment. He’s never acknowledged that his chain of joblessness began with the attacks. It’s a welcome exploration of the long-ranging costs of 9/11.

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Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee

The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee


Jaqueline Woodson reading a poem about a Brooklyn neighborhood

This month Jaqueline Woodson released her first novel for adults in many years, and has been talking about the history of Bushwick, the setting for Another Brooklyn.

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Jacqueline Woodson: By the Book

Tell us about your favorite picture books. And your favorite novels for children?

One of my favorite picture books of all time is “The Little Match Girl,” by Hans Christian Andersen. When I was first introduced to that book as a child, I feel like I cried for a week. Then I was done and ready to go out and change the world! It was the first book that unlocked empathy in me. I also love John Steptoe’s “Stevie.” It was the first book I read where characters talked and looked like the people I loved. I think no one should leave young adulthood without reading Rita Williams-Garcia’s “One Crazy Summer”; Thanhha Lai’s “Listen, Slowly”; Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Habibi”; and Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

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Young People’s Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson Coming to DePauw Sept. 29

Woodson was also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

The goal of Banned Books Week is to bring attention to books that have been banned, ranging from To Kill a Mockingbird to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Woodson will speak on Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, located within DePauw’s Green Center for the Performing Arts. Woodson will be available to sign books after the event, which is being presented as part of Banned Books Week.

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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


FSU’s Weatherford honored for book

Carole Boston Weatherford, a professor of English at Fayetteville State University, has received the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, it was announced Friday.

Weatherford won for her book “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Weatherford’s book, “Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America,” recently won the NAACP Image Award for children’s literature.

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Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee


Louise Erdrich and ‘La Rose,’ Sunday on KCTS Channel 9 [VIDEO]

In a video excerpt, Erdrich discusses her favorite character in the novel, and the cycle of revenge and violence in which she becomes enmeshed.

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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee


UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

On this date in history:

In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, was killed with her father and six other people in a plane crash in Maine. Samantha’s 1983 letter to Soviet President Yuri Andropov about her fear of nuclear war earned her a visit to the Soviet Union.

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Journey to the Soviet Union by Samantha Smith 1986 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 children.

Click here to read more about the 2016 Awards.

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