Sy Montgomery to students: Everyone you meet has the potential to help you grow. JACBA Newsletter 14Oct2016

Writing for the world – Common Read author Sy Montgomery shared her experience with students

Montgomery visited UI Monday to speak about her experiences conducting research for the book. In addition to speaking with students, Montgomery said she was also excited to meet up with UI researchers to learn more about giant Palouse earthworms.

At a lunch held for ISEM students on Monday, the Common Read author shared advice about life, writing and traveling. She said… the important thing for students to remember is that everyone they meet has the potential to help them grow.

“Teachers are all around us. We need to recognize them and listen to their truth,” Montgomery said.

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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery 2013 Awardee

National Book Awards Finalists

Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, Rita Dove and Viet Thanh Nguyen are among the finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards.

The 22 finalists, whom the National Book Foundation announced Thursday, include two Pulitzer Prize winners, two previous National Book Award winners and a poet making her debut. The winners will be announced on Nov. 16 at a gala in New York.

Jacqueline Woodson “Another Brooklyn” (Amistad/HarperCollins), her first novel for adults in 20 years, features an anthropologist recalling her teenage years in 1970s Brooklyn.

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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

Thomas More’s Creative Writing Vision Program presenting event with two poet laureates on Oct. 12

Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program is presenting “Express: A Creative Writing Exchange” with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel.

The event is designed to promote the idea of mentorship and community involvement around creative writing.

Four majors from Thomas More College (Courtney Neltner, Clinton Rothfuss, Andrew Jensen and Robin Grisham) will be reading a short creative piece of their own at the Mercantile Library alongside KY Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel.

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You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson 2010 Awardee

Open the book on the Boston Book Festival

As a boy, Georgia congressman John Lewis dreamed of inspiring people with his words to take action. He practiced before the chickens on his family’s farm. That’s the genesis of a new picture book “Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis” (Penguin) written by Jabari Asim and illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

An illustration by E.B. Lewis from “Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis.”

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Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee

Night Boat to Freedom, written by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee

Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison Jr. to Star in Drama ‘Monster’

Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (“The Birth of a Nation”) and Jennifer Hudson are starring in the independent drama “Monster,” which is starting production this week in New York City.

“Monster” marks the feature debut of commercial-music video director Anthony Mandler, directing from a script by Colen C. Wiley and Janece Shaffer, based on the novel by Walter Dean Myers.

Harrison will portray 17-year-old honors student and aspiring filmmaker Steve Harmon, charged with felony murder for a crime he says he did not commit. The film follows his journey from a smart, likeable young man from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.

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Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom written by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee

Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam written by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee


Celebrated Author Visits Lakewood Middle Schools

Susan Campbell Bartoletti shared her insights on the joys of writing with students at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools.

Bartoletti’s books focus on historical events or eras. She has won a Newbery Honor Medal among numerous other awards. She shared with the students how often she spends a year or more researching her subject before writing even begins. A new book can take her anywhere from two to four years to finish. She shared how a novel is structured and how she always looks for “the moment when everything is different” to find the hook to start a book.

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Kids on Strike! written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 2000 Awardee

Growing Up In Coal County written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 1997 Awardee


HURRICANE MATTHEW’S DEVASTATING TOLL IN HAITI
By Edwidge Danticat

Hurricane Matthew, as it has travelled over Haiti, has destroyed crops and harvests of Haitian staples, which could lead to food insecurity, hunger, and even famine as the waters recede. Also looming is the increased menace of mosquito- and waterborne illnesses, most prominently cholera, which has become an epidemic in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake.

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Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation written by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Leslie Staub 2016 Awardee


Author’s family stories come to life for students

Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco is the great-great-granddaughter of a man who shook the hand of Abraham Lincoln, a man who inspired her book, “Pink and Say,” about two young teens caught up in the Civil War.

Like nearly all of her 115 children’s books, “Pink and Say” is based on events from Polacco’s childhood and stories she grew up hearing in her family.

By sharing her struggles in life, Fritson-Cofffman said, Polacco “teaches empathy, which I think is very important.”

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Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco 1993 Awardee


New Biography Celebrates E.B. White, Who Really Was ‘Some Writer!’

Some Writer! – that’s the name of Melissa Sweet’s new, illustrated biography of E.B. White. The kid-friendly collage includes letters, journal entries, family photos, illustrations, manuscripts and more.

Sweet talks with NPR’s Kelly McEvers about White’s creative process – and her own.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet 2014 Awardee

2016 Ceremony Invitation

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Join us for a memorable afternoon of award presentations and responses by authors and illustrators.
Come 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. Please come and enjoy!

Ceremony Invitation: JPG | PDF

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.

Click here to read more about the 2016 Awards.

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