National Young People’s Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson, Speaks in Indiana and Mississippi JACBA Newsletter 22Apr2016

Woodson Honored with Southern Miss Medallion at Children’s Book Festival

Woodson was awarded the 49th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival’s Southern Miss Medallion, the event’s top honor, on April 7 during the three-day event on the Hattiesburg campus. She also served as a keynote speaker for the festival.

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An interview with author Jacqueline Woodson

The national Young People’s Poet Laureate discusses voting and writing.

“My platform as Poet Laureate is about getting words and a love of words into communities that too often get ignored — because of lack of money,” says Woodson. “So I’m traveling into underserved schools, community and juvenile detention centers to talk about my life as a writer, to give out books, to teach writing. These days I’m thinking about humanity — how fragile we are all feeling, how afraid. I’m thinking, as I’ve always thought, about the struggles of people of color in this country. Of the poor. My work comes out of a deep sense of love for people and the hope of creating safe spaces through knowledge. I’ve always thought the lack of tolerance for any type of ‘other’ is about fear and my work hopes to take a deeper look at that fear,” she says. And with that look and understanding, there comes a price.

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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


Q & A with Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson has a lot to celebrate this year, with multiple new books being released, including her third novel, A Bandit’s Tale, a picaresque novel narrated by Rocco Zacarro, an Italian boy sold into slavery in 19th-century New York City, a period during which both children and animals were routinely abused. She spoke with Bookshelf from her home in Oregon about how she juggles her many projects.

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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 Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee

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


Author Katherine Paterson, musician Grace Potter to receive honorary degrees at Champlain College Commencement May 14

Katherine Paterson, 83, is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for “Bridge to Terabithia” in 1978 and “Jacob Have I Loved” in 1981. “The Master Puppeteer” won the National Book Award in 1977 and “The Great Gilly Hopkins” won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and in 2000 was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins written by Katherine Paterson 1979 Awardee


The 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winners will be announced on Monday, April 25, 2016!

Keep an eye on this space for the announcement which will be cross-posted to social media, the JAPA website, and the emailing list.

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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