Second Novel From Susan Lynn Meyer, Wellesley Professor of English, Inspired by Father’s Experiences in America After Escaping Nazi-Occupied France
Meyer’s Black Radishes, was named a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2016 and follows close on the heels of the news that Meyer’s 2015 picture book, New Shoes, won the 2016 Jane Addams Book Award, an honor given by the Jane Addams Peace Association for the most outstanding children’s book that promotes peace and justice. Meyer’s latest book, Skating with the Statue of Liberty, comes at a time when young adults are surrounded by discussions of intolerance and reminders of the nation’s history of treating immigrants displaced by war.
It is not necessarily a gloomy bit of history that Emily Arnold McCully reimagines in “Clara” (Schwartz & Wade, 48 pages, $17.99), but there must have been melancholy notes in reality, while there are almost none in this picture book with the charmingly exhaustive subtitle “The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone … While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a Continent!”
The wobbly lines and dashes of color in Ms. McCully’s illustrations reinforce the amiability of this tale for 4- to 8-year-olds.
Chamber Music Charleston’s ‘Circle Unbroken’ tells story with multimedia and narration
“Circle Unbroken” is a multimedia work based on a children’s book by the same name written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by E. B. Lewis, whose watercolor additions to the book will be projected above the musicians during the performance.
Theis Raven’s book is about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, written as a conversation between a grandmother and a child. Ann Caldwell said that the book discusses Southern history in a relatable manner, filtering often weighty concepts through the eyes and ears of a child.
Off the shelf: ‘Seedfolks,’ by Paul Fleischman
Fleischman transports us to Cleveland, Ohio, to a decades-old apartment complex that has hosted every age, gender, and ethnicity of person imaginable. Naturally, the cold, barren neighborhood is a breeding ground for prejudice, racism, sexism, ageism and unshakable animosity.
Fleischman’s answer for peace? A garden.
North Park student writes winning essay at reader’s program
Hannah Eisenhauer, a seventh-grader honor roll student at North Park Junior High School, was the first-place essay winner at The Jackson Center’s Young Readers Program in Jamestown.
The Jackson Center’s Young Readers Program uses literature to engage young people with their world by inspiring them to read and hone their analytical skills and writing ability.
Newbery Medal award winner Linda Sue Park as the Jackson Center’s keynote author for its 2016 Young Readers Program for the book, “A Long Walk to Water,” which has sold more than 1 million copies since it was published in 2010. Park discussed her life and journey as a writer to the 1,400 student attendees.
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.