New Frontiers of Biography and History, Lulu Delacre, “We Need Diverse Books”, Inspirational Books About Artists, and Christopher Paul Curtis Inspires JACBA Newsletter 19Feb2016

New Frontiers in Biography and History: Real Life Stories to Inspire Young Readers and Writers


Our conference brings together four of today’s most imaginative, innovative authors of biography and history books for children and young adults. They are pioneering new frontiers in these genres by writing about people who have been under-represented or neglected—and by going beyond the bounds of traditional nonfiction narrative for a fresh look at more familiar figures from the past.

Featured speakers include Tonya Bolden, Mary Ann Cappiello, Candace Fleming, Emily Arnold McCully, Andrea Pinkney, and Myra Zarnowski.

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The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom by Emily Arnold McCully 2008 Awardee
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney 2011 Awardee

Female Native Artists Exhibit at Artistry


“Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities,” an exhibition featuring seven Minnesota-based artists from indigenous backgrounds opening this Friday at Artistry in Bloomington.

“I wanted to highlight some of the women I feel are the most accomplished, strongest female voices in the Native arts scene in the Twin Cities,” White Hawk says of the roster, which includes Carolyn Lee Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Elizabeth Day, Louise Erdrich, Heid Erdrich, and Maggie Thompson.

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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

Author & UM-Flint Alumnus Christopher Paul Curtis Inspires Flint Fourth Graders


Children’s author and UM-Flint alumnus Christopher Paul Curtis shared his writing inspirations with more than 400 lively fourth graders from Flint Community Schools on Tuesday at the University of Michigan-Flint Theatre.

“You’ve got your dreams,” Curtis said to the students. “Work on them. The two most important things though are to learn to read and write well.”

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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis 2006 Awardee
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 1996 Awardee

Learn how slaves used the night sky to reach freedom in ‘Follow the Drinking Gourd’


This month, you can learn how slaves used constellations to navigate their way North via the Underground Railroad in “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” a free show at the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium that runs Saturdays in February for Black History Month.

The show is based on Jeanette Winter’s children’s book of the same name and also includes information on what life was like for slaves, how the stars were used as navigation tools, constellations visible in Africa and more, said Kelly Herbst, the museum’s astronomy curator.

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Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter 2010 Awardee

Meet Local Children’s Author Karen Leggett Abouraya and Lulu Delacre


Our schools reflect our changing demographics but what about our library books? Can our children see themselves represented when they look for a book to read?

On this episode of Connecting Our Community host Pat Shoemaker will introduce you to two local award winning children’s authors.

Lulu Delacre, a bilingual author and illustrator of Children’s books since 1980 has written many books. Lulu has also done lectures throughout the US and been honored both as a “Maryland Woman in the Arts” and as a “Write from Maryland Author.”

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The Storyteller’s Candle / La velita de los cuentos by Lucía González and illustrated by Lulu Delacre 2009 Awardee

5 Inspirational Children’s Books About Famous Artists


Every child will be inspired by these artists to see the world with wonder and to follow where their own unique vision and imagination lead them.

Viva Frida
Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, and photographed by Tim O’Meara, is a unique picture book that provides a new approach to and insight into the well-known story of the incredible life, courage, and fortitude of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Henri’s Scissors
Henri’s Scissors, by Jeanette Winter, tells the story of French artist Henri Matisse. The book is interspersed with actual quotes from Matisse and exudes the joy that Matisse expresses through his art despite his aging and illness, showing the triumph of the human spirit.

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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales 2004 Awardee
Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter 2010 Awardee

Author Tim Tingle Visits Muskogee Schools


Students at Irving Elementary were enthralled by storyteller Tim Tingle’s recent presentation on his book “How I Became a Ghost.”

Students at Benjamin Franklin Science Academy also enjoyed a special visit from author Tim Tingle, who entertained students with passages from his book.

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Crossing Bok Chitto:told in written form by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges 2007 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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