SOMETIMES A CLOSER LOOK, A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING, A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW, IS BETTER THAN AN ESCAPE

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/

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NEW NOVELS FROM THREE OF TODAY’S MOST BELOVED CHILDREN’S AUTHORS

“We think they took my Papi.” The first line of Jacqueline Woodson’s HARBOR ME (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, 176 pp., $17.99; ages 10 and up) jolts the reader into the news cycle through the eyes of a child.

There is no escape from the outside world in this book, from the political tempest swirling around us. But sometimes a closer look, a deeper understanding, a different point of view, is better than an escape — especially for kids trying to make sense of the time they were born into.

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THE BEST BOOKS OF THE WEEK

Naturalist Sy Montgomery has traveled the world studying animals and plants. Here she reflects on what humans can learn from animals and the many qualities they share in common.

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MALIBU LIBRARY SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS BESTSELLING AUTHOR & NATURALIST SY MONTGOMERY

Montgomery will give a presentation on her most recent book, “How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.” In this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir, Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals who have profoundly affected her life.

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OPEN SIGNAL LABS AIMS TO ADD BLACK VOICES TO FILM AND TV INDUSTRY

Open Signal Labs is a new incubator program for emerging African American filmmakers, and it has awarded 12-month fellowships to six people who will create work to be shared with the community in the summer of 2019.

Three Portland natives will provide additional training and career support including…author and teacher Renee Watson, whose young adult novel, “Piecing Me Together,” was a 2018 Newbery Medal winner for distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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REBROADCAST: AUTHOR RENEE WATSON

Author Renée Watson won two awards from the American Library Association this year for her young adult novel “Piecing Me Together,” which was based on her experiences growing up in Portland. Watson joins us to talk about “Piecing Me Together” and her latest book, “Betty Before X.” We listen back to our interview with her from February.

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SVA’S JOHN HENDRIX ON HIS NEW BOOK ABOUT THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER

Debuting this week, The Faithful Spy, a middle-grade graphic novel by John Hendrix (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay), tells the true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and theologian who joined resistance efforts during World War II and took part in an undercover plot to assassinate Hitler.

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SONIA SOTOMAYOR’S BOOK TOUR IS A HIT WITH HISPANIC KIDS: ‘I LIKE HOW SHE STOOD UP FOR HERSELF’

Speaking to an enthusiastic audience filled with children and their parents, many of them Hispanic and Latino, she (Sonia Sotomayer) pointed out the details of the image, like how the steps of the building are inscribed with words from a decision she wrote.

The book was illustrated by Lulu Delacre, a Puerto Rican artist known for translating Latin culture into drawings.

Ms. Delacre used details and photographs from Justice Sotomayor’s early life to make illustrations that were true to her story. On one page, Ms. Delacre recreated a library card that Justice Sotomayor had as a child.

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