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“BUT WE DO LANGUAGE….” AND ILLUSTRATIONS TOO!
Newsletter / August 11, 2019

TONI MORRISON WAS A ‘LITERARY MOTHER’ TO COUNTLESS WRITERS   Toni Morrison died this (past) week at age 88 and left behind countless writers for whom her characters were like close acquaintances and her stories like parables to guide them through their own lives. Edwidge Danticat, the prize-winning Haitian-American author, called her “a literary mother to generations of writers, especially black women writers like myself.” READ MORE… On Tuesday, (Jacqueline) Woodson tweeted, “Peace on the journey, Ms. Morrison. And Thank You.” Many posted Morrison quotes after learning of her death. This one was shared repeatedly: “We die. That may be the meaning of life,” Morrison said. “But we do language. That might be the measure of our lives.” READ MORE… GRETA THUNBERG’S CALL FOR ACTION FAST-TRCKS A PICTURE BOOK BIO The title of Winter’s book comes from a speech Thunberg gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year. “I don’t want you to be hopeful,” Thunberg told the audience of political leaders. “I want you to panic. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” READ MORE… THE PINKNEYS ARE A PICTURE BOOK PERFECT, AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR COUPLE The Pinkneys have now been…

ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY RECEIVES POETRY AWARD
Newsletter / July 14, 2019

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP The Jane Addams Peace Association seeks committee members for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee (JACBA). We are looking for members with diverse perspectives and identities among parents, teachers, librarians, activists, and child advocates, all with knowledge of children’s literature. JACBA selection committees are comprised of nine to twelve people serving three-year terms.  Applications are due no later than Monday, August 19, 2019.  APPLICATION FORM Special Note for 2019/2020  JAPA announces changes in the JACBA selection process and its calendar year.  The award remains grounded in its established guidelines for book eligibility and criteria while stepping into a more intersectional, representative, democratic, and public process.  Please note the following: The award year will transition from a calendar year to November 1 of one year to October 31 of the next.  To facilitate this transition, books published between January 2019 and October 31, 2019, will NOT be considered for the award. A year-long selection process, based in monthly meetings via an online collaborative platform, will be followed with the publication of shortlists of nominees for Younger and Older Children in October of each year. Winning and honor titles in each category…

FIFTY-TWO CREATORS OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN SHARE THEIR VOICES IN A BOOK FOR THIS TIME
Newsletter / June 9, 2019

WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES   Below, the (Cheryl and Wade) Hudsons share why we must stand up for change and spread hope: “Today, our democracy is under attack and much of the progress to make us more just, fair and inclusive that has been achieved through fierce and dedicated struggle, is in peril. There are those who would make us an even more uncivil and less moral country. They view and use meanness and power to get their way, to try to recreate a world from a bygone era where too many of us were victims and not citizens. In a time such as this, we must rise, resist and raise our voices. Our young people are not only watching, they are impacted as well by this onslaught.  We need to rise, resist and raise our voice not only for ourselves, we need to do it for the future of our young people. That is why this anthology is so important. In it, fifty-two creators of books for children and young adults share their voices to offer wisdom, encouragement, love, support and HOPE! We are so proud to be a part of an outstanding team of…

BOOKS TO ELECTRIFY, EDIFY, AND EXEMPLIFY
Newsletter / March 24, 2019

HMH BOOKS & MEDIA INTRODUCES KWAME ALEXANDER’S VERSIFY IMPRINT WITH MULTI-AUTHOR BUS TOUR Versify’s mission is present books to “electrify, edify, and exemplify” with accessible and powerful prose and poetry that celebrates the lives and reflects the possibilities of all children. Its debut list includes four books: The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles; ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by author/illustrator Raúl the Third; White Rose by Kip Wilson; and Alexander’s own picture book, The Undefeated, which is illustrated by Kadir Nelson, who will join the tour for select events. READ MORE… FAMILIES WANT MORE DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS; HERE ARE 7 TITLES THAT DELIVER   Scholastic’s just-released Kids & Family Reading report found that nearly half of kids ages 9 to 17 (45 percent) and parents of kids 6 to 17 (52 percent) want more books with diversity. Eleven percent of children’s books published in the United States in 2018 featured Africans or African-Americans, 7 percent featured Hispanics, and 8 percent featured Asian characters, according to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Andrea Davis Pinkney, Scholastic’s executive editor and author of “A Poem for Peter,” said in the report that a lack of diversity fails to expand a child’s love of reading or sense of self. (Among the 7 books: “The Day You Begin” Author Jacqueline Woodson, illustrator Rafael Lóp)…

JACOB LAWRENCE’S NARRATIVE SERIES ABOUT BLACK PERSEVERANCE AND AMERICAN REBELLION INSPIRED A CACHE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Newsletter / March 3, 2019

BLACK ART HISTORY: JACOB LAWRENCE’S NARRATIVE SERIES ABOUT BLACK PERSEVERANCE AND AMERICAN REBELLION INSPIRED A CACHE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS Published in 1996, “Toussaint L’Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom” is a collaboration between Lawrence and celebrated children’s book author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). In the introduction to the book, Lawrence recalls the compelling stories he heard from Harlem street orators about black history figures such as L’Ouverture. READ MORE… 6 CANADIAN BOOKS FOR YOUNGER READERS TO CHECK OUT DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH The Journey of Little Charlie follows a 12-year-old boy who agrees to track down thieves in order to settle his debts with a cruel man named Cap’n Buck. But when Charlie discovers the thieves he’s hunting are people who escaped from slavery, his conscience intervenes. Why Christopher Paul Curtis writes best from a place of fear…. READ MORE… POEMS TELL THE STORY OF THE FIRST BLACK STUDENTS AT TENNESSE SCHOOL IN ‘THis PROMISE OF CHANGE’ “We had no idea that this would have a historical impact,” said Jo Ann Allen Boyce about that August morning in 1956 when she and 11 other teenagers first took their place as students in the formerly whites-only high school in their small Tennessee town. Boyce…

GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO BE KIND
Newsletter / December 9, 2018

I’M YOUR NEIGHBOR: WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, AND MIGRANTS AS NEIGHBORS THROUGH THE SHARING OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND OTHER STORIES FEATURING MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL Malala’s first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them. This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times. READ MORE… MALALA YOUSAFZAI WINS SECOND HARVARD ACTIVISM AWARD “Malala speaks powerfully to the strength and perseverance of women and girls who are oppressed,” said Gergen in The Harvard Gazette. “Her remarkable story has inspired girls — and boys as well — to follow in her footsteps and has activated a generation of practitioners and legislators who are fighting for equality in their own communities.” READ MORE… AUTHOR INSPIRES MAIN STREET SCHOOL STUDENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Main Street School fourth- and fifth-graders, who had been reading Amal Unbound, the story of a young Pakistani girl forced into indentured servitude as part of their Global School Read Aloud activities in October, welcomed the book’s author, Aisha Saeed… The book’s main character, Amal, was inspired by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the…

BLACK WRITERS: ABIDING SPIRIT FOR YOUNG ADULTS AND ON THE SCREEN
Newsletter / December 2, 2018

LITERARY COLLECTIVE: CONSIDERING THE JAMES BALDWINS AND LANGSTON HUGHES’ OF OUR TIMES Young praises poet Lucille Clifton, calling her “an abiding spirit.” Clifton’s 1993 poem “won’t you celebrate with me” resonates with Young. The poem’s title also serves as its first line. The last lines are ‘Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.’ READ MORE… 1978 SPECIAL RECOGNITION BROOKLYN AUTHOR COMPLIES YA BOOK ABOUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA ….a star-studded collection of stories by award-winning, bestselling and emerging African-American young adult authors on what it’s like to be a black teen in America: “Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America,” The collection, curated and edited by Zoboi, features stories from 17 beloved YA authors: Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Lamar Giles, Leah Henderson, Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Kekla Magoon, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renee Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia and Zoboi. READ MORE… THESE ARE THE BLACK AUTHORS BARRY JENKINS, TERRY MCMILLIAN AND OTHERS SAY HOLLYWOOD SHOULDN’T IGNORE The list of stories, plays and novels by black writers primed for screen adaptation is vast. Works by Colson Whitehead, Octavia Butler, August Wilson, Richard…

Native American Authors Build Empathy and Understanding
Newsletter / November 18, 2018

WHY THANKSGIVING ISN’T NECESSARILY A CELEBRATION: A NATIVE AMERICAN WRITER’S TAKE Louise Erdrich debuted with “Love Medicine” in 1984. The writing in this book, which follows many different people, families and experiences, is so strong and distinct. It walks the reader through so many kinds of voices in a world that, at the time it came out, so few people knew or understood. READ MORE… AUTHOR TOMMY ORANGE RETURNS TO TAOS In his (Orange’s) novel there are many cultural references and at one point, Native writer Louise Erdrich (Chippewa) is mentioned. In real life, Orange is fortunate enough to have a blurb by Erdrich on the book jacket… READ MORE… COLUMN: NATIVE AMERICAN AUTHORS TO READ A local here in Minneapolis, she (Louise Edrich) is considered a powerhouse in the Native American writing community. Her works have been up for the Pulitzer Award for Fiction and she has won many acclaimed literary awards. Erdrich’s novels range from fiction to local history to youth to adult and can be found almost anywhere A prolific young adult writer and master storyteller, Tim Tingle is the author for any adult or young adult who wants to learn more about Choctaw stories that are passed down…

CREATE DANGEROUSLY, FOR PEOPLE WHO READ DANGEROUSLY: EDWIDGE DANTICAT
Newsletter / September 30, 2018

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/ __________________________________ NEUSTADT LIT FEST BRINING AUTHOR EDWIDGE DANTICAT TO NORMAN Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat is heading to Norman next month to participate in the 2018 Neustadt Lit Fest at the University of Oklahoma. The festival, which is held by the literary publication World Literature Today, is an opportunity for Normanites and literary fans to celebrate the work of authors, both renowned and up-and-coming. Danticat won the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2017. READ MORE… __________________________________ TURNING PAGES: MY LIFE STORY—INTERVIEW WITH ILLUSTRATOR LULU DELACRE Interview with author and illustrator Lulu Delacre and discussion questions. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF……