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CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD: IMPORTANT FOR NOW 50 YEARS
Newsletter / August 25, 2019

A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS   To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards, the Dewey Decibel podcast invited five past winners and honorees to discuss the award, its history, and importance at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Participants included authors Jason Reynolds (Ghost), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), and Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming); author and illustrator Christopher Myers (Firebird); and illustrator Ekua Holmes (The Stuff of Stars).  American Libraries Senior Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart moderated. The talk can be heard in full on the July 2019 episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast. READ MORE OR LISTEN…   BOOKMARK: “A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN” BY JEN BRYANT & MELISSA SWEET The illustrations in the picture book are in watercolor, gouache, and collage which illustrator, Melissa Sweet says were inspired by the deep rich colors Horace used in his paintings. Throughout the text, quotes from Horace are hand-lettered and incorporated into the collage. “A Splash of Red”is an exceptional, gorgeous picture book about a self-taught American artist who used his observation of everyday life and adversity to create art that is enjoyed in museums across America. READ MORE & LISTEN…  …

BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’
Newsletter / August 18, 2019

BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’ BY JACQUELINE WOODSON (THE JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2019 WINNING TITLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN) National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. READ MORE… TRAILER FOR ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’ Invite students to begin to their share their stories with one another…   MELISSA SWEET SHOWS ‘HOW TO READ A BOOK’ The challenge of this project, (Melissa)Sweet said, was the openness of Alexander’s words. His poem captures the experience of holding and reading a book and then being transported by imagination, but is wide open to interpretation and is a far less tangible story than others she has illustrated. READ MORE…   INFORMED BY HIS OWN BIRTH, MINTER ILLUSTRATES BOOK ABOUT MIDWIVES For the book about midwifery, (Eloise) Greenfield wrote a series of connected poems about midwives through time, in Africa, after arriving in North America and after emancipation. Minter illustrates the poems with stylistic portrayals of women in attendant repose – dutiful and calm, strong and wise. Many of the illustrations…

“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…

A SEA CHANGE IN DIVERSITY OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE & INTERNATIONAL NELSON MANDELA DAY
Newsletter / July 21, 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…

2019 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE LEGACY AWARD GOES TO WALTER DEAN MYERS
Newsletter / July 7, 2019

CHRISTOPHER MYERS ACCEPTS THE 2019 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE LEGACY AWARD FOR HIS FATHER, WALTER DEAN MYERS Walter Dean Myers is the posthumous recipient of the 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. READ MORE.. CHRISTOPHER MYERS ACCEPTANCE IN THE FORM OF A LETTER TO HIS FATHER… “ONLY THE LIVING CAN MAKE THE WORLD BETTER. LIVE AND MAKE IT BETTER.” JEROME, ‘GHOST BOYS’ 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR OLDER READERS Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today’s world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death. READ MORE @ JEWELLPARKERRHODES.COM… THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN YOU WALK INTO A ROOM AND NO ONE THERE IS QUITE LIKE YOU. WHAT WILL YOU DO? 2019 JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR YOUNGER READERS You’ll face this in your life someday, my mother will tell us over and over again. A moment when you walk into a room and no one there is like…

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…

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…

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…