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Race, Religion & Rights – JACBA Newsletter 30Jul2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / July 31, 2015

ChicoER’s LifeStyle: The Bookshelf Book Review by Sheryl Hubbard, Butte County Library Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, Mr. Mendez’ tireless fight for his children’s right to be educated regardless of their skin color is beautifully presented in this award-winning children’s book. Read More | Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh 2015 Awardee Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights The author Jacqueline Woodson and President Jimmy Carter, discussing a range of issues over lunch at the Manhattan restaurant Clement. Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 AwardeeFrom the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Award-winning children’s author, artist speaks in Roanoke [Video] Kadir Nelson spoke to children and adults at Community High School Thursday night. His books and artwork have been featured in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries and museums. Read More | Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson 2012 Awardee The Village That Vanished written illustrated by Kadir Nelson 2003 Awardee Library picks: Biographies to get kids reading The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Every Hero Has…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 23Jul2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / July 23, 2015

KidsPost Summer Book Club: ‘Chickadee’ A boy becomes separated from his family in 1866 and must rely on his courage and strength. “Chickadee” is the fourth novel in the series that Louise Erdrich started with “The Birchbark House,” but you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to follow the adventures here. Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee Review of ‘Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?’ Eve Bunting’s book, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks chronicles the life of a young duck trying to find a pair of misplaced socks. The joy for young readers is getting to laugh at this character, taking comfort in knowing that other creatures forget things and make mistakes. Read More | The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting 1990 Awardee Seattle Arts and Lectures presents An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson In the conclusion of this year’s Women You Need to Know series, Seattle Arts & Lectures is bringing poet extraordinaire Jacqueline Woodson. Crossing cultures and states, she’ll share the inspirations–the relatives, the friends, the locations–that made [her most recent work Brown Girl Dreaming] possible, giving us a small taste of what it was like for…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 16Jul2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / July 16, 2015

In Speeches, Melissa Sweet and Judy Cheatham Rally the Power of Nonfiction Sweet and Cheatham melded distinctly different talks on the same topic-the art and craft of nonfiction-when they shared the stage for the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)2015 Charlemae Rollins President’s Program during the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco last month. Read More | Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014 Palestinian poet Naomi Shihab Nye to headline major British arts festival Palestinian-American poet and author Naomi Shihab Nye has been announced as one of the headline artists at the Poetry Prom at this summer’s Aldeburgh Festival, one of the leading events of the British artistic year. Read More | Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee Sitti’s Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee WOMEN’S GROUP MAKES SPECIAL DONATION TO CENTRAL FRESNO LIBRARY “I think it gives them a sense of the world as a community, of their city as a community, many different stories about people, young people, especially all over the world and the different challenges that the young people have,” said Ann Caruthers with the Women’s International…

Weekly~ JACBA Newsletter 10Jul2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / July 10, 2015

Fresno library receives six Jane Addams Peace Award Books The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presented six nationally selected 2014 Jane Addams Peace Award Books to the Fresno County Downtown Library Children’s Room. An event will take place on Sept.12 at the Downtown Library to honor Margarita Engle, a local author of children’s books who has won two Jane Addams Peace Book awards. Read More | Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 AwardeeThe Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, written by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee This Week in Fiction: Louise Erdrich Your story in this week’s issue, “The Flower,” involves a kind of escape: a seventeen-year-old clerk, Wolfred, helps an eleven-year-old Ojibwe girl get away from the white trader, Mackinnon, who “bought” her from her alcoholic mother. In the end, the girl also saves the clerk. Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee KidsPost: Book club: ‘Half a World Away’ A boy adopted from Romania has a tough time in his new home. Will an adopted baby make life worse? Read More | Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata 2007 Awardee KidsPost: Summer Book Club: ‘The Red Pencil’ Then…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 19Jun2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / June 19, 2015

Famed Hiroshima Panels bound for U.S. in bid to spark rethink of A-bombings Iri and Toshi Maruki spent over 30 years, starting in 1950, to complete the 15 large folding-screen panels on the atomic bombings. They were created in the manner of Japanese-style brush paintings as the artists revisited their painful memories of entering Hiroshima, Iri’s birthplace, shortly after the city was reduced to ashes in August 1945. Read More | Hiroshima No Pika written by Toshi Maruki 1983 Awardee WIES students swap stories with author A Walpole Island Elementary School class got to spend an entire day with an author they have been following all year. Joseph Bruchac spent time with Mrs. Nagpal’s Grade 6 class on May 26. While there, Bruchac read to the students, told stories and met with the rest of the school in an assembly. Read More | The Heart of a Chief written by Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee Library of Congress 15th Anniversary National Book Festival Attending Authors: Naomi Shihab NyeLink Louise ErdrichLink Cynthia LevinsonLink Habibi written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 AwardeeSitti’s Secrets written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 AwardeeThe Birchbark House written by Louise Erdrich 2000 AwardeeWe’ve Got a Job: The 1963…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 11Jun2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / June 11, 2015

We Need Diverse Books At BookCon 2015 Showed Us 8 Reasons Why Diverse Books Are More Powerful Than Ever Many writers lauded the power of social media to shed light on issues like the lack of authentic representation of minorities in children’s literature. As Jacqueline Woodson pointed out, “the ferocity of young people” sharing their opinions (and, well, rage, too) on the Internet is astounding — especially when it’s being used for good. Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 AwardeeFrom the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Award winning author and peace activist speaks to Meaford students Award winning Canadian author, feminist and peace activist Deborah Ellis spoke to hundreds of local students on May 25 and had a simple message: stay informed, get involved and keep reading. Read More | The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis 2005 AwardeeThe Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis 2004 AwardeeParvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee Elder Portraits to grace Art Wall Award winning Plains Cree artist George Littlechild helps students to express history and culture through art as part of the Elder Portraits project. Read More | This…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 22May2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 22, 2015

Claudette Colvin: Meet the Teenager who Inspired Rosa Parks Though inspired by Colvin they went with Rosa Parks because, as Colvin explained in an interview with NPR, “[t]hey thought I would be too militant for them. They wanted someone mild and genteel like Rosa.” Read More | Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose 2008 Awardee Friends at Beloit Library annual meeting set at BPL Author Ann Bausum will give a presentation on Stubby, a WWI war dog who served in the trenches and became famous nationwide. Read More | With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote, by Ann Bausum 2005 AwardeeMarching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours, written by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee Quintessential Jewish mom, Andrea Poetsch, directs Number the Stars at Beth Judah Next week, following on the heels of Mother’s Day, Congregation Beth Judah will present a play whose main characters are mothers and daughters who must make difficult decisions to protect people they love from being captured by Nazis. The play, Number the Stars, is a musical based on a novel by Lois Lowry. The driving force…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 13May2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 13, 2015

A Noted Artist Creates an App for the Aging Mind – and Eye Ringgold, 84, is a painter, mixed-media sculptor, author and educator whose work is in the collections of major museums. One of Sudoku’s millions of admirers, Faith Ringgold, has turned a brain teaser into a digital work of art – and who better to do so given her stature as an artist whose primary medium is quiltmaking? Read More | Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee WPL Hosts Christopher Paul Curtis Internationally renowned children’s author Christopher Paul Curtis will be at Windsor Public Library on May 6 to interact with school children, read from his works, and launch the 2015 Windsor Public Library Children’s Writing Club. Christopher Paul Curtis is best known for award winning books such as The Madmen of Piney Woods, Elijah of Buxton, both of which are set in Essex County, Bud, Not Buddy which won the prestigious Newbery Award and was recently made into a play in Chicago, and The Watson’s Go To Birmingham, which was made into a Hallmark Feature Film. Read More | Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis 2006 AwardeeThe Watsons Go to Birmingham…

Weekly Newsletter 7May2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 7, 2015

Festival of Books: Why Jacqueline Woodson used poetry in ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ “Memory doesn’t come as a straight narrative,” she said about why she didn’t choose prose. “It comes in small moments with all this white space.” Read More | 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 Author Polacco to speak to local students She states, “what I loved most about the neighborhood was that my neighbors came in as many colors, ideas, and religions as there are people on the planet.” Polacco’s books include several events that actually took place during that time. Read More | Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco 1993 Awardee Two legs good, eight legs best: five reasons to love octopuses “I have always loved octopuses. No sci-fi alien is so startlingly strange,” says naturalist and author Sy Montgomery. Her new book, The Soul of an Octopus explores the “emotional and physical world of the octopus – and the remarkable connections this astonishingly complex, spirited creature makes with humans”. Read More | Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced…

Weekly JACBA Newsletter 22Apr2015
Newsletter , Uncategorized / April 22, 2015

Disney-Hyperion Releases New Paperback Edition of Award-Winning The Year of Goodbyes Disney-Hyperion Books has just released the paperback edition of The Year of Goodbyes, Debbie Levy’s award-winning book that tells the story of her mother’s last year living as a girl in Nazi Germany in 1938. Read More | We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy 2014 Awardee Children’s book illustrator speaking at library An award-winning children’s book illustrator will speak May 7 at the Broome County Public Library. E.B. Lewis, who has illustrated 65 children’s books and won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a 2005 Caldecott Honor, will talk about his life and work at 6:30 p.m. Read More | Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 AwardeeNight Boat to Freedom, written by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee Name selected for new Santa Maria elementary school The name of the school will be Jimenez Elementary named after Francisco and Robert Jiminez.Francisco Jimenez is an acclaimed writer and author of best-selling books, including The Circuit, Breaking Through, and Reaching Out about his family’s personal struggles as Mexican immigrants working in the fields…