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GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO BE KIND
Newsletter / December 9, 2018

I’M YOUR NEIGHBOR: WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, AND MIGRANTS AS NEIGHBORS THROUGH THE SHARING OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND OTHER STORIES FEATURING MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL Malala’s first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times. READ MORE… MALALA YOUSAFZAI WINS SECOND HARVARD ACTIVISM AWARD “Malala speaks powerfully to the strength and perseverance of women and girls who are oppressed,” said Gergen in The Harvard Gazette. “Her remarkable story has inspired girls — and boys as well — to follow in her footsteps and has activated a generation of practitioners and legislators who are fighting for equality in their own communities.” READ MORE… AUTHOR INSPIRES MAIN STREET SCHOOL STUDENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Main Street School fourth- and fifth-graders, who had been reading Amal Unbound, the story of a young Pakistani girl forced into indentured servitude as part of their Global School Read Aloud activities in October, welcomed the book’s author, Aisha Saeed… The book’s main character, Amal, was inspired by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the…

BLACK WRITERS: ABIDING SPIRIT FOR YOUNG ADULTS AND ON THE SCREEN
Newsletter / December 2, 2018

LITERARY COLLECTIVE: CONSIDERING THE JAMES BALDWINS AND LANGSTON HUGHES’ OF OUR TIMES Young praises poet Lucille Clifton, calling her “an abiding spirit.” Clifton’s 1993 poem “won’t you celebrate with me” resonates with Young. The poem’s title also serves as its first line. The last lines are ‘Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.’ READ MORE… 1978 SPECIAL RECOGNITION BROOKLYN AUTHOR COMPLIES YA BOOK ABOUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA ….a star-studded collection of stories by award-winning, bestselling and emerging African-American young adult authors on what it’s like to be a black teen in America: “Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America,” The collection, curated and edited by Zoboi, features stories from 17 beloved YA authors: Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renee Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia and Zoboi. READ MORE… THESE ARE THE BLACK AUTHORS BARRY JENKINS, TERRY MCMILLIAN AND OTHERS SAY HOLLYWOOD SHOULDN’T IGNORE The list of stories, plays and novels by black writers primed for screen adaptation is vast. Works by Colson Whitehead, Octavia Butler, August Wilson, Richard…

2018 Jane Addams Honor Title Has a Sequel
Newsletter / November 25, 2018

BOOK PAGES INTERVIEWS LINDA WILLIAMS JACKSON Linda Williams Jackson follows up her critically acclaimed debut, Midnight Without a Moon (2018 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title), with a new story starring 13-year-old Rose Lee Carter. A Sky Full of Stars opens in 1955 in racially divided Stillwater, Mississippi. “I consider it a privilege to put myself in a young person’s shoes and relive youth in the form of a story.” READ MORE…   ELIZABETH ACEVEDO WINS 2018 NBA FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE She (Robin Benway) thanked her fellow judges—Lamar Giles, Grace Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins—for “not only reading hundreds of books this year but for doing so with critical eyes, sensitive hearts, and incredible senses of humor.” The word that Benway said the judges kept coming back to was propulsion: “Is this a book that will propel and enrich the joyful experience of reading? Is this a title that will not only hold the reader’s attention as a youth, but also serve as a crucial step in the process of creating a curious and lifelong reader?” READ MORE…   THE 10 BEST YA AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2018 In her first middle grade novel since Brown Girl Dreaming, Woodson, a former National Book…

Native American Authors Build Empathy and Understanding
Newsletter / November 18, 2018

WHY THANKSGIVING ISN’T NECESSARILY A CELEBRATION: A NATIVE AMERICAN WRITER’S TAKE Louise Erdrich debuted with “Love Medicine” in 1984. The writing in this book, which follows many different people, families and experiences, is so strong and distinct. It walks the reader through so many kinds of voices in a world that, at the time it came out, so few people knew or understood. READ MORE… AUTHOR TOMMY ORANGE RETURNS TO TAOS In his (Orange’s) novel there are many cultural references and at one point, Native writer Louise Erdrich (Chippewa) is mentioned. In real life, Orange is fortunate enough to have a blurb by Erdrich on the book jacket… READ MORE… COLUMN: NATIVE AMERICAN AUTHORS TO READ A local here in Minneapolis, she (Louise Edrich) is considered a powerhouse in the Native American writing community. Her works have been up for the Pulitzer Award for Fiction and she has won many acclaimed literary awards. Erdrich’s novels range from fiction to local history to youth to adult and can be found almost anywhere A prolific young adult writer and master storyteller, Tim Tingle is the author for any adult or young adult who wants to learn more about Choctaw stories that are passed down…

HISTORICAL FICTION THAT TAKES CHILDREN TO WAR ZONES AND INTERNMENT CAMPS
Newsletter / November 11, 2018

HISTORICAL FICTION THAT TAKES CHILDREN TO WAR ZONES AND INTERNMENT CAMPS The United States government created Indian boarding schools in the late 19th century to control Native Americans and eradicate their culture. Run on military lines with draconian rules and brutal punishments, they’re a stain on our national history — yet some Native American parents, given the complexity of their circumstances, willingly and with full understanding chose to place their own children there. That situation is sensitively dramatized in TWO ROADS, by the celebrated Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. FINDING LANGSTON, the first middle-grade novel by the picture book writer Lesa Cline-Ransome (“Before She Was Harriet”), takes us into the years just after World War II. READ MORE…   DELVING INTO THE WORLD OF YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Mitali Perkins As a child, a young Mitali had found her safe place in the fire escape, where she would often crawl out on to read and write. The adventurous, colourful and insightful prose of Mitali Perkins combines issues of diaspora, body image, identity and self-worth among young adults of varied roots. “Rickshaw Girl” deserves a special mention because in it Perkins has taken on the challenging task of portraying the changing face of a…

‘UNDOCUMENTED’ IS A PAEAN TO AMERICA’S EMBATTLED MIGRANTS
Newsletter / November 4, 2018

‘UNDOCUMENTED’ IS A PAEAN TO AMERICA’S EMBATTLED MIGRANTS With Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight, award-winning Mexican-American author Duncan Tonatiuh shows how stories that are all too common can be reinvented in powerful new ways toward vital contemporary purpose, sometimes by drawing on age-old traditions. READ MORE…   GIRL RESCUES RIVER Award-winning Canadian author Anne Laurel Carter tells the story of Bowles’ fight to clean the river in My River. Written in Bowles’ voice, the book helps kids understand that science isn’t just something in a textbook, and that they can make a difference through local environmental activism. It’s a message many adults could stand to learn as well. READ MORE… CHILDREN’S AUTHOR WINTER TO SPEAK “I would hope my biographies would open the minds of children to the value of tolerance toward people who are different, toward people who’ve been discriminated against, toward people who’ve had the courage to just be themselves,” said (Jonah) Winter. READ MORE… JOHN GRIFFIN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HOST AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR “Mockingbird” writer Kathryn Erskine discusses inspiration, character development and more.  READ MORE…   ‘I AM A WITNESS’ – A CONVERSATION WITH EDWIDGE DANTICAT (Quoting Edwidge Danticat) Those of us who know and are around activists, and I mean true activists… are…

Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards at Eric Carle Museum
Newsletter / October 28, 2018

OUR VOICE: ERIC CARLE MUSEUM SHOWCASES AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS The Coretta Scott King Book Awards seal was designed by artist Lev Mills in 1974. The emblem, with explanatory text, is part of “Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards”, a new exhibit in the east gallery of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Included in the exhibit are the works of Jane Addams illustrators and authors: Javaka Steptoe, Bryan Collier, Floyd Cooper, & Faith Ringgold and more. READ & SEE MORE…   MV PARENT U: FRANCISCO JIMENEZ, AUTHOR “THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF EDUCATION” Author and educator Dr. Francisco Jiménez has been an agent for change in academia and public education for the last thirty years. He emigrated with his family from Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. READ MORE… The Circuit Francisco Jimenez 1998 Honor Book   WHERE ARE DIVERSE VOICES IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS? AUTHORS EXPLORE WHY THAT MATTERS “There’s a lack of awareness of the number of black authors and illustrators who are creating literature for children,” said Kelly Starling Lyons, a Raleigh children’s book author and one of the organizers of…

Celebrating Connections With Children’s Literature
Newsletter / October 22, 2018

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018                                                                     Sara Holbrook author of  Winner for Older Readers: The Enemy: Detroit 1954 (upper photo) Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi authors of  Honor for Older Readers: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up with  Heather Palmer (center) selection committee chair (lower left photo) Susan Freiss (r) committee member with James E. Ransome illustrator & Lesa Cline-Ransome author of Honor for Younger Readers: Before She Was Harriet  (lower right photo) DIVERSITY AND DEEP CONNECTIONS FOR CHILDREN’S AUTHORS, EDITORS, AND BOOKSELLERS AT NAIBA 2018 Receiving both the Carla Cohen Free Speech Award and the Book of the Year Award, Ghost Boys author Rhodes captured the energy of the conference, harnessing it in a rousing 30-minute speech on racial violence in America that garnered a standing ovation. Rhodes shared the story of her own life, interwoven with descriptions of how she came to write the book. READ MORE… ANNOUNCING THE 2019 ONE BOOK, ONE PHILADELPHIA SELECTION The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s Office today announced the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn…

“WHEN YOU GROW UP TO VOTE” ELEANOR ROOSEVELT’S BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE REISSUED
Newsletter / October 14, 2018

THIS WEEK… JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM 777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK A memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators. Meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed. Can’t come to NYC? Follow the ceremony as it is live streamed from https://www.facebook.com/pg/janeaddamspeace/posts/ _________________________________________ ELEANOR ROOSEVELT’S CIVICS BOOK FROM NEARLY 90 YEARS AGO HAS BEEN REVAMPED AND REISSUED   A children’s civics book that Eleanor Roosevelt wrote nearly 90 years ago is making a comeback just in time for the midterm elections, PBS reports. The book, titled When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You, is being reissued with revised text by author Michelle Markel… READ MORE… _________________________________________ THE FOREIGNER’S HOME Nobel Laureate and author of Beloved (1987), Song of Solomon(1977), and other bestselling novels, Morrison is a cultural icon and national treasure who does not shy away from telling the truth. The Foreigner’s Home finds her at…

WELL READ BLACK GIRL MAKES THE CASE FOR WHY REPRESENTATION IN LITERATURE CHANGES LIVES
Newsletter / October 7, 2018

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CEREMONY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018 AT 2:30 PM 777 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA FL 2 (44TH & 1ST) NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK A memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators. Meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed. Can’t come to NYC? Follow the ceremony as it is live streamed from https://www.facebook.com/pg/janeaddamspeace/posts/ _________________________________________ THE 10 BOOKS TO READ IN OCTOBER Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl online community is one of the best arguments for social media that exists. In this essay collection she has edited, we can see that it’s also necessary, with some of today’s finest writers — including Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson and Tayari Jones — making the case for why representation in literature changes lives. READ MORE…   JACQUELINE WOODSON’S REAL MAKE-BELIEVE VISIT TO OAKLAND The celebrated author of the memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming,” Woodson will engage with young book lovers at Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe, the…