Long Walk to Water Reaches Milestone, Chats with both Jacqueline Woodson and Duncan Tonatiuh, and #1000BlackGirlsBooks JACBA Newsletter 11Feb2016

A Special Note: We at the JACBA newsletter would like to take this opportunity to apologize for any confusion we may have created in regards to the title post on last week’s newsletter about the “Kirkus Review of A Birthday Cake for George Washington.” We did not mean to imply that Emily McCully’s picture book about Oney Judge lacked a more complete understanding of the life of a slave. That line was referring back to the subject of the Review. Our placement of the lines out of context, and with the focus on the picture of the Oney Judge book may have befuddled the message, and for that we apologize.


‘A Long Walk to Water’ Sells 1M Copies

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Author Linda Sue Park’s 2010 novel A Long Walk to Water – based on the life of Salva Dut, one of the “lost boys” of Sudan – has now sold

one million copies. To mark the milestone and the book’s impact, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate $15,000 to Salva Dut’s

nonprofit, Water for South Sudan.

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee


Young reader builds list of #1000BlackGirlBooks

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By fifth grade, Marley Dias decided she had grown tired of reading books about “white boys and their dogs.” After starting sixth grade

in the fall of 2015, Marley decided the time had come to make her idea a reality. Marley launched #1000BlackGirlBooks in November to

raise awareness of books featuring black girls and other people of color as protagonists.

“Whenever you see a character you identify with, you carry it with you and it inspires you,” Marley said. “I want to introduce girls

like me to books that will inspire them.”

“A Chair For My Mother” by Vera B Williams
“After Tupac and D Foster” by Jacqueline Woodson
“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
“Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes
“Ruby and the Booker Boys” books by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley Newton
“Thunder Rose” by Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson
“Art from Her Heart” by Kathy Whitehead, Shane W. Evans

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A Chat with Duncan Tonatiuh

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Duncan Tonatiuh’s work is some of the most important work in children’s literature right now. His books speak truth, teach our realities

and his art isn’t too bad. 😉 He creates picture books that cover topics like immigration, city vs. rural life, friendship, art history,

discrimination, prejudice, determination and history.

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Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee


Black History Month Chat With Jacqueline Woodson

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In this interview by teen writer from New York, Camryn Garrett, “My hope is that this series with be able to inspire black girls like myself by providing

stories, advice, and emotional honesty from successful women.”

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 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


12 Inspiring Children’s Books That Celebrate Black History Month

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February is a month that is meant to celebrate and honor the contributions of black Americans, and to educate the rest of the country

about those achievements that are so often overlooked. So whether you are a parent looking for bedtime stories or a teacher trying to

pick out a class reading book, here are 12 picture books to help celebrate Black History Month.

“The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
“Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century” by Carole Boston Weatherford
“Coretta Scott” illustrated by Kadir Nelson
“I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr.”, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
“Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom” by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
“Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad” illustrated by Kadir Nelson
“The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes,” illustrated by E.B. Lewis
“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin” illustrated by Melissa Sweet

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Freedom in Congo Square | An Interview with Carole Boston Weatherford

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In an interview with School Library Journal, Weatherford spoke about her new book, her inspirations, and her love of history, noting,

“writing is not just what I do; it’s who I am.”

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Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee


Noyes Arts Garage hosts illustrator E.B. Lewis in Black History Month exhibit

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Lewis, who began his career as a fine artist, is now also an internationally known children’s book illustrator, having completed a one-

man show in Provence, France, and is preparing for upcoming shows in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium. With about 65 books under his

belt, he blends the two art worlds by utilizing fine art techniques in his illustrations.

For Lewis, though, the awards and accolades don’t matter. Rather, it’s creating something that can transport young readers to another

place, particularly for those in the African-American, Native American, Asian and Latino communities, who find comfort, solace and

lessons in his illustrtions that are frequently found in books that deal with difficult issues such as death, loss and love.

BOOK SIGNING: 2 to 4 p.m., March 13

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Night Boat to Freedom pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee
Each Kindness illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee


Texas College showing work by Benny Andrews

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Texas College is presenting paintings by Benny Andrews in February to coincide with Black History Month. Andrews is known for paintings

that tell stories of social injustice and the struggle for rights, including scenes from the Civil Rights movement and war protests,

said an announcement from the college.

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Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights, written by Jim Haskins, illustrated by Benny Andrews 2006 Awardee


Crystal Bridges announces artists for new Distinguished Speaker Series

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The museum announced the lineup of speakers this week, which will kick off this spring with a talk by artist Faith Ringgold on Friday,

March 18.

Ringgold will discuss her work, including her Maya’s Quilt of Life pice now on display in the museum’s 1940s to Now gallery. She will

also touch on her career as an artist, activist, author, teacher, and parent, as well as her first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights

Movement in the 1960s.

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


Jazz at Rutgers 250: Music, Art and the Written Word Wed., Mar. 2nd 4pm

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Enjoy performances by the Leo Johnson Quartet and the NJPAC Jazz for Teens, an art exhibition by the Brodsky Center featuring the works

on jazz by Faith Ringgold, an exhibition of the works of Walter Dean Myers, and other presentations by the New Jersey Center for the

Book. This event is hosted by Rutgers Retired Faculty and Staff Advisory Council and cosponsored by The Jazz Institute, The Brodsky

Center, The New Jersey Center for the Book, Rutgers University Libraries.

The work of Faith Ringgold is the centerpiece of the art exhibition.

The work of Walter Dean Myers, collected posthumously, demonstrates that he is the centerpiece of the written word exhibition not only

because he was a jazz enthusiast and supporter, but also because of the quality, uniqueness and intrinsic merit of what he produced as

an author. A revolutionary thinker, he redefined the young African Americans male in literature and opened previously closed windows to

their world.

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Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee
Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee


Community briefs: Joseph Bruchac

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Bethlehem Public Library hosts storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac for a family storytelling program Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.

Bruchac, of Greenfield Center, relates traditional tales of the Adirondacks and native peoples of the Northeastern woodlands and has

written more than 130 books for young readers and adults.

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The Heart of a Chief written by Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee


Winter With the Writers: Antonio Skármeta

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Rollins’ annual literary festival, Winter With the Writers, returns this month with a slate of events with prose and poetry masters from

around the world. Opening the festival this year is Chilean novelist, screenwriter and diplomat Antonio Skármeta, a recipient of Chile’s

National Literature Prize. Skármeta fled Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship, a theme he addresses in his novel Ardiente Paciencia,

which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film Il Postino in 1995. While he’s in Central Florida, you can see another film at the

Enzian based on one of Skármeta’s works, No, based on his play The Referendum. Skármeta also gives a free master class to aspiring

writers and participates in a reading and Q&A session on Thursday.

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The Composition by Antonio Skármeta 2001 Awardee


Book may give kids the giggles

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Everybody gets Valentines on V-Day but in the new book “Mr. Goat’s Valentine” by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kevin Zimmer, some are more

special than others.

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The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting 1990 Awardee


Soul Rep Theatre Company engagingly tells new versions of African-American folktales in Her Stories at the South Dallas Cultural Center.

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In Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales, Virginia Hamilton re-presents African-American fairy tales and

myths primarily through lenses of women and girl characters. Tonya Davis-Holloway has selected six of these stories and adapted them for

the stage in Virginia Hamilton’s Her Stories. Davis-Holloway’s original adaptation was first presented by Soul Rep Theatre Company in

1998. This new adaptation now onstage at the South Dallas Cultural Center includes original music by Christopher Mazen.

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Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton 1989 Awardee


Remembering beloved Chicano poet, author

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For more than 30 years, [Alarcón] was a leading figure in Latino poetry, as well as a widely published children’s author. Four times he

traveled to El Salvador as participant in the International Children’s Poetry Festival “Manyula,” where he did readings, lectures and

poetry workshops for children, young adults and teachers.

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Poems to Dream Together=Poemas Para Sonar Juntos by Francisco X. Alarcan 2006 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.

Read more about the 2015 Awards.

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