John Lewis’ March: Book Three Wins the Walter Dean Myers’ Award and Three Others JACBA Newsletter 27Jan2017

Rep. John Lewis: I hope my book inspires people to ‘speak up and speak out’

Rep. John Lewis, the 76-year-old congressman and civil rights activist won yet another prize for his graphic memoir, “March: Book Three”: the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.

The latest award – the Walter, as it’s known – is given annually by We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in children’s publishing.

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

Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam written by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee


Seven Civil Rights Heroes to Teach Your Kids About

A book about Ida B. Wellsto share with kids from 8 to 12: Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers (the winner of two Newbery Medals and five Coretta Scott King Awards), illustrated by Bonnie Christenson. The book uses lots of quotes from Wells herself, and the watercolor illustrations are powerful.

Philip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is a spectacularly reported book (Hoose pursued Colvin, who had an unlisted phone number and was living in obscurity, for four years before she agreed to tell her story) that won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2009 and a Newbery Honor in 2010.

Ruby Bridges book, Through My Eyes will resonate with kids 7 and up. The very youngest children will understand how scary this must have been for a 6-year-old, and how brave she was.

Fannie Lou Hamer’s story is showcased in the poetic, lyrical Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book (the publisher recommends it for kids 9-12) by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated with potent multimedia collages by Ekua Holmes.

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin by Larry Dane Brinmer, aimed at readers age 9-11. An adviser to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he promoted nonviolent resistance, participated in one of the first Freedom Rides, organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and fought tirelessly for marginalized communities at home and abroad. As an openly gay African-American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of several of the fights for equal rights.

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

Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam written by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee

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

Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges 2000 Awardee

Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee

We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin by Larry Dane Brimner 2008 Awardee

Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner 2011 Awardee


Barnhill, Steptoe, ‘March: Book Three’ Win Newbery, Caldecott, Printz

Javaka Steptoe has won the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown), edited by Deirdre Jones.

There were four Caldecott Honor Books including Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee).

There were four Sibert Honors including We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman (Clarion).

Naomi Shihab Nye was chosen to deliver the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

The Coretta Scott King Illustrator award went to Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown).

Three King Illustrator Honor Books were chosen including Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee).

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal (Feiwel and Friends) was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

There were two Belpré Illustrator Honor books: The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams).

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video went to Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, producer of Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, adapted from the book by Margarita Engle.

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

Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie 2016 Awardee

Freedom Walkers, written by Russell Freedman 2007 Awardee

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor written by Russell Freedman 1995 Awardee

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery written by Russell Freedman 1994 Awardee

Habibi written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America by Karen Blumenthal 2006 Awardee

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her family’s fight for desegregation, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee

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

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, written by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee


The Poetry Break: George Ella Lyon

“This is the room that made us who we were:/ book lovers, scholars, people of the word,/ who found a safe place between hard covers.” -George Ella Lyon

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You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson 2010 Awardee


Woman was youngest marcher with Dr. King in Selma

Lynda Blackmon Lowery was the youngest person in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

She was 14-years-old when she set out on her trip, and she celebrated her birthday as an activist.

“I turned 15 on the road to freedom, on March 22,” Lowery says.

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery 2016 Awardee


National Book Critics Circle announces finalists

The five finalists for fiction in the running for the NBCC Awards, announced today include “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich

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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee


Palm Springs Art Museum Celebrates Black History Month With Interactive Exhibition

Palm Springs Art Museum is celebrating Black History Month with a new interactive exhibition titled Intertwining the Fabric of Generations, on-view in the Sheffer/Scheffler Arts Education Space February 2 through February 28. the exhibition features works by noted African-American artist Faith Ringgold alongside narrative quilts created by Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) students.

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


Children’s Book ‘Freedom In Congo Square’ Shares A Little-Known Story Of Slave History

The right to peaceably assemble, and the power of gathering together over shared values and traditions, is also what lies at the heart of new children’s book Freedom in Congo Square. a poetic, nonfiction picture book written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie,

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Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie 2016 Awardee


S&S Children’s Authors Protest Yiannopoulos Deal

More than 160 children’s book authors and illustrators have signed a letter to S&S CEO and president Carolyn Reidy protesting the deal.

The letter, which was released Thursday morning, was initially organized by S&S children’s book creators who are clients of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, but has grown to encompass writers and illustrators across the industry. Signees include Newbery, Caldecott, and National Book Award honorees

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We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March written by Cynthia Levinson 2013 Awardee

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

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Terry Wideners, 2004 Awardee

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

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Raúl Colón, 2000 Awardee


Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced: Read the Best Children’s and Young Adult Literature of 2016

This year’s Gold Medalist (the highest honor) in the Younger Readers category is I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, with illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley.

In the Older Readers Category This year’s silver medals went to A Poem For Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney, with illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

The Notable Books for Older Readers included Skating with the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer.

The Notable Books for Younger Readers included On One Foot by Linda Glaser, with illustrations by Nuria Balaguer.

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

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney 2011 Awardee

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee

New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer 2016 Awardee

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser 2011 Awardee


Thanhha Lai Speaks About Novel ‘Inside Out And Back Again’

Lai spoke about her experiences as a refugee during the Vietnam War to eighth graders at Pierre Van Cortlandt.

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 2012 Awardee


Writers Resist Protest Brings Thousands to NYPL, Trump Tower

More than 2,000 artists, writers, and readers gathered at the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15 in the name of defending free expression and the free press.

The Writers Resist protest was launched by poet and Vida co-founder Erin Belieu and was co-sponsored in New York by PEN America. The protest, held the day before the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., brought writers including U.S. poets laureate Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky, comics artist Art Spiegelman, and author Jacqueline Woodson from the steps of the New York Public Library to the shadow of Trump Tower 15 blocks north.

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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


Illustrator Event & TFK’s Birthday Celebration

Jamie Hogan, Illustrator of Island Birthday, will be joining us to celebrate and sign copies of her book. We will also be celebrating TFK’s 7th birthday! Books will be on sale through Longfellow Books.

January 28th @ 10:30am
LAND SHARK & ISLAND BIRTHDAY

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Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, illustrations by Jamie Hogan 2008 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.

Click here to read more about the 2016 Awards.

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