New Yorker Cover by Kadir Nelson, Be a History Detective with Deborah Hopkinson, Lois Lowry is latest Wall Street Journal Book Club Host JACBA Newsletter 25Feb2016

The New Yorker: Cover by Kadir Nelson Celebrates Schomburg Center in Harlem

The Feb. 22 cover by Los Angeles-based illustrator Kadir Nelson is an ensemble image featuring Harlem’s towering figures of the arts and letters, jazz and politics. Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and the Nicholas Brothers are juxtaposed with outtakes from “Into Bondage” (1936) by Douglas and Johnson’s circa 1939-40 painting “Cafe.”

Nelson told The New Yorker that he wanted to create “a stylistic montage as an homage to the great Harlem Renaissance painters…”

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2012 Awardee
The Village That Vanished written by Ann Grifalconi and illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee


An Evening with Deborah Hopkinson: Children’s Book Author

Come hear Hopkinson present “Be a History Detective: Helping Young Readers Think Like Historians,” and discuss some of her new books, such as The Great Trouble, Courage & Defiance, and Keep On! March 10, 2016, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville, Ky.

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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 by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee
Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson 2000 Awardee


Book traces rise of the N.Y. Yankees

With his book, “The Men Who Made the Yankees” author W. Nikola-Lisa traces “The Odyssey of the World’s Greatest Team from Baltimore to The Bronx.” Nikola-Lisa introduces readers to the man responsible for establishing the American League, Ban Johnson, and the stormy relationship he had with early Yankee owners Col. Jacob Ruppert, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, and his partner, T.L. “Cap” Huston.

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Bein’ with You This Way by W. Nikola-Lisa 1995 Awardee


Sharing memories of “Where I’m From”

Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon is encouraging Kentuckians to tell their own stories and share them with others as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s project “Where I’m From”: A Poetry of Place.

“It’s interesting how universal it is,” Sipple said of Lyon’s model. “It always works and it is neat how it all comes together so nicely. Poetry seems to be the medium that people are most afraid of, but this is a good activity for beginning writers to test their strengths.”

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


Art Notes

“The Links 47th Annual Black History Month Art Exhibit” is at the Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City through March 29. This year’s featured artist is renowned fine artist/illustrator E.B. Lewis. Lewis’ work will be on view through March 27.

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


Lois Lowry Chooses ‘Lord of the Flies’ for WSJ Book Club

Lois Lowry, award-winning author of ‘The Giver,’ and the latest WSJ Book Club host, chooses William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ for our next read.

Read along and join the WSJ Book Club and Lois Lowry for a Facebook discussion here.

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Number the Stars written by Lois Lowry 1989 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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