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Book Highlight Part 7
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 25, 2014

Now for the final installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Sonja Cherry-Paul for Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Jacqueline Woodson uses clear understated language to capture the subtle ways in which cruelty and bullying appear in classrooms, schools, and in the lives of children. Each Kindness is a beautiful and poignant story that shines a light on what happens when children reject, rather than embrace, difference. Maya is new to the school and when she is brought to her new classroom, Chloe and her friends stare at her. They shun her in class and at recess. They nickname her “Never New” and mock her clothes and shoes that appear old and worn. Whenever Maya attempts to play with them, they say no. And so, at recess Maya stands by the fence or jumps rope alone. Soon Chloe and her peers notice that Maya’s seat in the classroom is empty and after several days, they discover that Maya would not be returning to class. Chloe’s shame is palpable to readers. “That afternoon, I walked home alone. When I reached the pond, my throat filled…

Book Highlight Part 6
Newsletter , Uncategorized / August 25, 2014

Now for the sixth installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Lani Gerson for We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson. Adults are always telling young people that they can grow up to make a difference; that they should prepare themselves for an uncertain future by getting smarter, more skilled and better prepared to become accomplished agents for change. Cynthia Levinson has written a wonderful book that tells the stories of how young people in Birmingham, Alabama during the crucial months of 1963 become their own heroes right then and there. While adults in the civil rights movement struggled to find the way forward in their efforts to bring about freedom and integration in Birmingham, young people, children really, stepped into the worrisome void and made history. In this time of many significant anniversaries, the complex and inspiring actions of Birmingham’s black youngsters, culminating in the Children’s March, marks its 50th, and today we honor that history, the history makers and the history writers of that time period. You know a book of history is successful when people like…

Book Highlight Part 5
Newsletter , Uncategorized / June 23, 2014

Now for the fifth installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Tracy Randolph for Marching to the Mountaintop by Ann Bausum. Marching to the Mountaintop by Ann Bausum thoroughly explains the relationship between the Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968 in Memphis and Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign. Her impressive narrative is enhanced with dozens of striking photographs from these two events and chronicles Dr. King’s final push for justice and equality for all people. Tracy Randolph, Jane Addams Book Awards Committee Member Middle School Sponsor Seventh grade Humanities teacher English teacher Kindness rocks

JAPA supports iPhone workers
Newsletter , Uncategorized / June 11, 2014

JAPA as a socially responsible investor has joined with over 80 other environmental and human rights organizations and financial institutions in a letter to Apple VP Lisa Jackson. We urge her to live up to her legacy as US EPA Administrator and protect iPhone workers from hazardous chemicals. Read the letter here:http://www.greenamerica.org/bad-apple/letter-to-lisa-jackson.cfm To send your own message to Apple executives, use our new mock app: Want to end smartphone sweatshops? Here’s the App for that! www.greenamerica.org/bad-apple/app.cfm

Book Highlight Part 4
Newsletter , Uncategorized / May 13, 2014

Now for the fourth installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Julie Olsen Edwards for Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers by Sarah Warren; illustrated by Robert Casillia. Dolores is a friend. Dolores is a mother. Dolores is a storyteller. Dolores is a detective, a warrior, an organizer, a peacemaker. In simple words and powerful images, this young children’s book portrays Dolores Huerta, one of the most important American leaders of our times, as intelligent, courageous, and persistently effective in her work to organize farm workers. The workers, mainly Mexican American immigrants, are portrayed as hard working, caring deeply for their children and willing to struggle to have a union that makes possible a living wage, safe working conditions, fairness and justice. All this is done in a few short pages – with art work that matches the power and simplicity of the text – artwork showing Dolores aging – demonstrating how struggles for justice take time to succeed. “Dolores is a teacher. She Teaches people how to work as a team. She teaches people how to take care of each other. This…

Book Highlight: Part 3
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 31, 2014

Now for the third installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Ann Carpenter, Selection Committee Member for We March, written and illustrated by Shane W. Evan, published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press. Waking early in the morning children and their families prepare for their day – a momentous task as this is the day they will “follow their leaders” to make a difference in their world by taking part in the March on Washington. Throughout a day marked by community support the family participates in the historic protest. An afterward by the author provides more information for interested readers. One of the many strengths of this short but powerful book is its ability to be read on many levels. Preschoolers identify with the need to work together and to stand up for what you believe in. Older children absorb the powerful message of our ability to create change by protesting injustice. Young people with the background knowledge to understand the historical and cultural context of the March on Washington build on their appreciation of a landmark Civil Rights event. For its ability to be…

Book Highlight: Part 2
Newsletter , Uncategorized / March 2, 2014

Now for the second installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Susan Freiss, Selection Committee Member for Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery. Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, is named an Honor Book for Older Children. This biography with much first person input from Ms. Grandin herself explains how her autistic mind works, how her peers and family perceive her, and her relentless efforts as an activist. Introduction Remarks by Susan Freiss, Selection committee member. This biography, written with much first person input from Temple herself, explores her perspective and experience growing up and living with autism. We see Temple overcoming obstacles and prejudice put in her way as a woman and as a differently able person. Temple combined her love of animals and her unique insights to create cruelty free animal facilities that are now used around the world. Reka Somonsen, Houghton Mifflin and Susan Freiss, Book Awards Committee Member The children who…

Book Highlight: part 1
Newsletter , Uncategorized / January 26, 2014

Now for the first installment of our eight part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Marianne Baker, Chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Selection Committee for The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Children’s Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953 by Susan C. Griffith. The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Children’s Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953, written by Susan C. Griffith, published by Scarecrow Press, is the first book to examine the award as well as its winners and honor books. Introduction by Marianne Baker, Chair of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards Selection Committee, at the 60th annual Jane Addams Children’s Book Award ceremony on October 18, 2013: Susan Griffith has had a keen eye on the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award since the 1970s because it embodies two of her passions: children’s literature and social justice. Her passions have been fueled throughout her leadership on this committee by her endless reading and by her research. But she has known all along that this important award is not as well known as it should be so she wrote a…

Happy Jane Addams Day!
Newsletter , Uncategorized / December 10, 2013

On Jane Addams Day we invite you to consider how to insert peaceful practices into your life and as a strategy to cultivate justice into your community. Join us in celebrating Jane Addams Day, established as a commemorative holiday in Illinois in 2006 to remind their citizens of Addams’ lifelong commitment to making the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois – and the entire world – a better place. The decision to celebrate Jane Addams’ life on Dec. 10 marked the first time in Illinois state history that a day was set to commemorate a woman’s accomplishments. Jane Addams Day is more than an expression of pride in one of Illinois’ most famous citizens. The story of Jane Addams can teach young people that one person really can make a difference. Back in 1860, when Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, well-behaved young women from small towns in northern Illinois didn’t have many opportunities to go to college and pursue professional careers. But Jane Addams had an ambitious dream of changing the world. So she moved to Chicago’s West Side, with the idea of helping the many immigrants who were struggling to make ends meet. Soon Jane Addams’ Hull…