Remembering the Jewish Holocaust and Armenian Genocide: Never Again for Anyone, Anywhere #JACBA Newsletter 5May2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us that vigilance must be constant

Many of our schoolchildren read about the Holocaust in books like Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars,” Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and Elie Wiesel’s “Night.”

We’re generations away from the Holocaust now, and that distance may be muting the horror for those whose family members weren’t touched by it.

We cannot allow this to happen. Forgetting has terrible consequences. “The impact of direct education from survivors is huge,” Miriam Baumgartner of the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster, told LNP. “Putting teenagers in a room with a survivor – there is no experience like it. And it doesn’t happen very much anymore.”

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Number the Stars written by Lois Lowry 1990 Awardee


Remembering the Armenian Genocide Through Survivor Memoirs and Historical Novels

A growing number of Diaspora writers sought to explore their roots and tell of their fellow Armenians’ tragic fate. David Kherdian outlines his mother’s life in The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl (1979).

The different generations of memoirs and historical novels on the Armenian Genocide reveal the ongoing suffering of Armenians throughout the world. The genocide has become a key defining part of the Armenian identity. As such, Armenian authors, even a century later, feel compelled to write accounts of the Armenian Genocide and, in so doing, ensure that it does not become a “forgotten genocide”.

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The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl written by David Kherdian 1980 Awardee


Salisbury University: Annual Children’s & Young Adult Literature Festival

The Social Justice Panel will feature Caldecott Medalist Bryan Collier, Coretta Scott King Award winner Carole Boston Weatherford, and Jeffrey Weatherford.

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Doreen Rappaport with artwork by Bryan Collier 2002 Awardee

Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford 2008 Awardee


BTW News Briefs

Jacqueline Woodson to Be Honored at Lambda Literary Awards

This June, Jacqueline Woodson will receive awards at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (also known as the “Lammys”), which were founded in 1989 to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ literature.

Woodson will be honored along with all of the winners in 23 LGBTQ literary categories. Woodson will receive Lambda’s Visionary Award; she is the author of the Newbery Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books) and the recent adult novel Another Brooklyn (Amistad).

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Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 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


Creating Literature For Kids, And (Hazy) Memories Of Your First Concert

Today, Jon Scieszka and Javaka Steptoe, heavy-hitters on the kid’s lit scene, talk about promoting literacy and how the environment for fostering it has changed since they were little. They also reveal the creative processes behind some of their best-known works.

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, with collage art of Javaka Steptoe 2005 Awardee


Children’s author to present at BGSU’s Literacy in the Park

In 30 years, children’s author and illustrator Patricia Polacco has published more than 115 books that celebrate people’s differences.

On Saturday, the Michigan author will bring her positive message to Bowling Green State University’s annual Literacy in the Park. The free event, designed for children in kindergarten through 12th grade and their families.

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Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco 1993 Awardee


KU hosts 19th annual Children’s Literature Conference

The Children’s Literature Conference is a collaborative initiative involving committee members including KU’s faculty and staff, as well as local teachers and librarians, all working toward providing current and future educators with the opportunity to experience the work of award-winning authors and illustrators.

This year, participants had the opportunity to attend presentations by: Caldecott Medal winning illustrator/author Lauren Castillo; Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor and Ezra Jack Keats Award winning illustrator Bryan Collier; Robert F. Sibert Honor Award and Orbis Pictus Honor Award winning author Deborah Hopkinson; and Max & Ruby series author Rosemary Wells.

Author and illustrator Bryan Collier said “Snowy Day” was his favorite book when he was young. He said he based his book “Uptown” on Snowy Day as they both have a traffic light. Bryan was inspired to illustrate children’s books when he was a young boy. He said he looked a lot like a character in his favorite book.

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Doreen Rappaport with artwork by Bryan Collier 2002 Awardee

Steamboat School, written by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Ron Husband, 2017 Awardee

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Terry Wideners, 2004 Awardee

Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924 by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Raúl Colón, 2000 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 2017 Awards.

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