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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…

IMPORTANT STORIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF STORYTELLING
Newsletter / August 5, 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 will be announced at the end…

THE HEALING SUPERPOWERS OF FRIENDSHIP
Newsletter / July 28, 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 will be announced at the end…

INSPIRING LGBTQ-THEMED CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Newsletter / June 30, 2019

21 INSPIRING LGBTQ-THEMED CHILDREN’S BOOKS Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality. READ MORE… 2019 HONOR TITLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN   YA TWITTER CAN BE TOXIC, BUT IT ALSO POINTS OUT REAL PROBLEMS Twenty-one years later, in 1986, the award-winning children’s and YA author Walter Dean Myers wrote an article for the New York Times that reflected on the revolution he thought was going to happen to the children’s book industry after the ’60s — a decade that, he wrote, “promised a new way of seeing black people.” …Myers’ essay is full of frustration because that correction didn’t stick… In the ’90s, discussions on email lists like the influential child_lit often covered the same topics as the essays being written in review journals and other publications — essays by writers and advocates including Rudine Sims Bishop, Hazel Rochman, Jacqueline Woodson, and many others. READ MORE…     NEW DOCUMENTARY PROFILES ‘BELOVED” AUTHOR TONI MORRISON                                Lucille Clifton and Toni Morrison   “We wanted audiences to see more than just Toni Morrison the Nobel laureate,” Greenfield-Sanders said. “She had a…

EDUCATORS RECOMMEND BOOKS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED
Newsletter / June 2, 2019

FIRST BOOK RELEASES “TITLE RAVES” LIST: 1O BOOKS THAT MAKE AN IMPACT, ACCORDING TO EDUCATORS SERVING KIDS IN NEED Paired with First Book Bestseller List, Title Raves demonstrates educators’ use of books to meet unique needs of children from low-income families in book deserts…. First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise committed to equal access to quality education, today released the inaugural “First Book Title Raves,” a list of 10 newly-published books reviewed and recommended by educators exclusively serving children in need. (‘The Day You Begin’ is on the list!) ….said Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO, and co-founder of First Book. “With these lists, we capture the recommendations of the educators who know kids in need better than anyone, in addition to examples of how they are using books to make a difference. READ MORE… BOOKEXPO 2019: A WIDE-RANGING KEYNOTE KICKS OFF PROGRAMMING Diverse stories are becoming more popular—but diversity in the publishing industry workforce remains scarce, (Jacqueline) Woodson noted. “Inside the publishing houses, small and large, we all know who’s inside. I know it comes out of comfort. You hire people you know, who went to the ‘right schools,’ who you’re comfortable around, who are able to afford to live in New…

PICTURE BOOKS HELP KIDS WEATHER OUR AGE OF ANXIETY
Newsletter / May 26, 2019

PICTURE BOOKS TO A HELP KIDS WEATHER OUR AGE OF ANXIETY This is Jessica Love’s debut picture book, and every choice she makes — the spare text, a color palette both muted and lively, full-bleed pages that make even subway cars and apartment rooms feel as expansive as the ocean — imbues the story with charm, tenderness and humor. Alongside Julián, readers learn that anyone can be a mermaid: All it takes is love and acceptance, a little imagination and a big swishy tail. READ MORE… JULIAN IS A MERMAID BY JESSICA LOVE 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK HONOR BOOK FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN TO SEE ALL 2019 WINNING AND HONOR TITLES…   ‘TO BE IT, THEY HAVE TO SEE IT’: BOOK FAIR SPOTLIGHTS AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS   Husband and wife Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis-Hudson from New Jersey have been running their own publishing company for 30 years. They got started after being told by other publishers there was no market for the kinds of books they wanted to produce. “Mainstream publishing is default white,” Hudson said. And while some progress has been made on diversity and self-publishing is opening new doors, he said, “we still have a long…

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE NAMED YOUNG PEOPLE’S POET LAUREATE
Newsletter / May 12, 2019

COMING VERY SOON 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT NAOMI SHIHAB NYE NAMED YOUNG PEOPLE’S POET LAUREATE The Poetry Foundation has named Naomi Shihab Nye the Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2019 to 2021.  It is yet another distinction for the acclaimed author, who becomes the first Arab-American to earn this honor. The Young People’s Poet Laureate aims to “raise awareness that young people have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.” Past recipients include Jacqueline Woodson and Margarita Engle. READ MORE… BRINGING HIDDEN STORIES TO LIGHT: A PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY SYMPOSIUM   Whose stories deserve to be told in picture book biographies? Authors, illustrators, and editors gathered to discuss this question and others at a Saturday morning symposium called “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” Speaking on a panel about the process of writing and illustrating a picture book biography, were author Laban Carrick Hill, illustrator Bryan Collier, Scholastic art director Patti Ann Harris, and children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus. The topic of their discussion was the book Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave (Little, Brown), written by Hills and illustrated by Collier. READ MORE… 2002 WINNER ILLUSTRATED BY BRYAN COLLIER POWERFUL BOOK FOR YOUNG…

ILA 2019 CHOICES READING LISTS HIGHLIGHT “OWN VOICES” TEXTS
Newsletter / May 5, 2019

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION’S(ILA) 2019 CHOICES READING LISTS HIGHLIGHT “OWN VOICES” TEXTS Each year, Choices empowers 25,000 children and young adults across the United States to enjoy newly published children’s and young adults’ trade books and vote for the ones they like best and that had an impact on them as readers. Teachers, in turn, identify high-quality books that enrich the curriculum and, most important, excite and interest students. This year’s lists exemplify the project’s continued commitment to diversity and representation in children’s literature. Books such as Finding Langston, Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice and Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag offer powerful launch points for discussion around the social justice issues of racial bias, police violence and the LGBTQ rights movement. READ MORE… CIVIL-RIGHTS ICON RUBY BRIDGES TO GIVE RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS In 1960, when she was 6, (Ruby)Bridges became one of the first black children to integrate the all-white New Orleans school system. She had to be accompanied by federal marshals throughout her entire first year at William Frantz Elementary School. The scene as she entered the school on her first day, as the marshals led her past a hostile mob, was depicted in Norman Rockwell’s…

CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Newsletter / March 11, 2019

CELEBRATE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH AUTHOR EMILY ARNOLD MCCULLY In celebration of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Emily Arnold McCully, via satellite to talk about her book “She Did It! 21 Women Who Changed The Way We Think” WATCH HERE… EDWIDGE DANTICAT’S NEW KID’S BOOK EXPLORES A MOTHER’S CARING TOUCH What’s a world without a mother’s love? Haitian-American author and writer Edwidge Danticat is releasing a new children’s book celebrating motherhood, and specifically how a mother cares for her child when he or she is ill. READ MORE… NICHOLASA MOHR’S “NILDA” IS IN THE RUNNING TO BE THE NEW YORK CITY’S SUMMER BOOK Nilda is one of five books selected for this year’s One Book, One New York program. Read an excerpt here. “Pushing open the door, Nilda yelled, ‘They are doing it; they’re going to open the hydrant! Hurry up before the cops come.’” READ MORE… 1974 JACBA Winning Title JACQUELINE WOODSON’S “ANOTHER BROOKLYN” IS IN THE RUNNING TO BE NEW YORK CITY’S SUMMER BOOK Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn is one of five books selected for this year’s One Book, One New York program.  Read an excerpt here. “For a long time, my mother wasn’t dead yet. Mine could have…

JANE ADDAMS AUTHORS ON 2018 BOOK LISTS
Newsletter / December 16, 2018

BEST OF 2018 FOR JUNIOR READERS Curtis proves once again that he is a master of bringing the complexities of history to young readers and keep them riveted to the tale. READ MORE…   THE BEST BOOKS AND YA NOVELS OF 2018 FOR YOUNG READERS Jacqueline Woodson’s Harbor Me is named…. READ MORE… CODE SWITCH’S 2018 BOOK GUIDE Jacqueline Woodson makes a recommendation… READ MORE…   BOOK GIFT GUIDE 2018 This memoir, by the author of “The Soul of the Octopus,” is full of wonder, empathy and wisdom, a true treasure. READ MORE… READ MORE…   IN 1982, A 10-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN WROTE TO THE HEAD OF THE U.S.S.R.  HE WROTE BACK… Pravda published Smith’s letter, which congratulated Andropov on his new job, expressed the writer’s worry about nuclear war, and implored the general secretary to “please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war.” Smith insisted that “God made the world for us to share and take care of. Not fight over.” Not content with being published, Smith then wrote to the U.S.S.R.’s U.S. ambassador, asking if Andropov was going to respond. READ MORE… JOURNEY TO THE SOVIET UNION BY SAMANTHA SMITH ARTS PREVIEW: ‘BACK OF THE…