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WHOSE LIFE STORIES ARE BEING NEGLECTED IN PICTURE BOOKS?
Newsletter / April 21, 2019

WHOSE LIFE STORIES ARE BEING NEGLECTED IN PICTURE BOOKS? – MAY 4   The event will tackle key issues related to diversity such as whose life stories are celebrated versus whose are often ignored and not told. The event will also take a look at how thoughtfully these life stories are written for young readers, and look at which authors are telling these stories. A deep-dive panel discussion about the making of award-winning picture book biography, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. The panel will include the book’s author Laban Carrick Hill, illustrator Bryan Collier, and art director Patti Ann Harris. A panel discussion around the theme of diversity in picture book biographies. Panelists will include author and illustrator Javaka Steptoe… READ MORE… MARTIN’S BIG WORDS BY DOREEN RAPPAPORT & BRYAN COLLIER  ‘EVERY CHILD SHOULD FIND THEMSELVES IN A BOOK’ SPEAKING WITH ILLUSTRATOR MELISSA SWEET Her (Melissa Sweet’s) next book, due out in June, is a collaboration with Kwame Alexander, called How To Read A Book: A Focus on Non-Fiction. “Every child entering a library, entering school, is going to pick a different book. It’s imperative for them to find their book.” She says that not every kid is going to be attracted to the most popular or classic children’s…

INDEPENDENT BOOK STORES & INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS
Newsletter / April 14, 2019

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY Birchbark Books (owned by Louise Erdrich — the internationally recognized author of many novels, poems, short stories and children’s books) carries books by Native authors along with a selection of other carefully selected titles, Native art and jewelry. READ MORE… INDEPENDENT BOOK PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION UNIVERSITY 2019: RACCAH SPILLS SECRETS TO INDIE PUBLISHING SUCCESS   W. Nikola-Lisa of Gyroscope Books, an author-publisher in Chicago, praised (Dominique) Raccah’s talk afterwards, describing her as “a visionary from day one who understood that she needed a niche and understood from the beginning that she had to stand out.” Citing her “energy and passion for what she does,” Nikola-Lisa noted, “It’s passion that inspires people…” READ MORE… 1995 Jane Addams Honor Title by W. Nikola-Lisa   AUTHOR TALK WITH MELISSA OTIS: RURAL INDIGENOUSNESS: A HISTORY OF IROQUOIAN AND ALGONQUIAN PEOPLES OF THE ADIRONDACKS (Panelists include) Joseph Bruchac – author, poet, novelist, storyteller and scholar of Native American culture. LISTEN HERE… HOW LIANE MORIARTY, KATE DICAMILLO AND JACQUELINE WOODSON GOT THEIR STARTS Jacqueline Woodson admits that she “wrote on everything and everywhere. I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building. (It was not pretty for me when…

RHYTHM, WORDPLAY, AND CREATIVITY – POETRY FOR LITERACY & LANGUAGE AQUISITION
Newsletter / April 7, 2019

50 MUST-READ POETRY BOOKS FOR KIDS The rhythm, word play, and creativity in poetry books for kids make them the perfect companion to language acquisition and developing literacy skills. I remember as a child stealing poetry books off my mom’s bookshelves and performing the poems, relishing the way the words felt in my mouth. (Included in the list…) Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text (The Day You Begin) and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway. READ MORE…   HOW POETRY CAN HELP KIDS GET TO COLLEGE K’myah is one of the students at Ann Visger Elementary School in River Rouge who participated in InsideOut Literary Arts’ In School Writer-in-Residence Program, in spring 2018. (Photo: Doug Coombe) Students in marginalized communities often struggle to relate to the people and texts they are asked to study; there is power in learning that highly-respected writers — such as Lucille Clifton, Francine J. Harris, Jamaal May and Naomi Shihab Nye — come from similar backgrounds and have used their own, unique…

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)…

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…

HONOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR’S LIFE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE 
Newsletter / January 13, 2019

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD TITLES ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. READ MORE… READ MORE… READ MORE… THE BOOK SHELF: STELA BOWLES BEING THE CHANGE IN NEW BOOK ‘MY RIVER’ Bowles’s story caught the attention of author Anne Laurel Carter, who divides her time between Toronto and a home down the road from Bowles’s family in Upper LaHave. Written in Bowles’s voice, Carter captured her story in the book My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River (Formac Publishing). Published last fall, the book was released this month in the United States. READ MORE…   HARPERCOLLINS LAUNCHES CHILDREN’S BOOK PODCAST HarperCollins Children’s Books has announced the launch of Remember Reading?, a monthly podcast dedicated to classic and contemporary books for young readers. In each 30-minute episode, guests including journalists, educators, and award-winning authors will discuss the connections between beloved books from childhood and recent favorites, and the enduring appeal of children’s literature. June, Episode 6: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson READ MORE… FAIRFIELD ANNOUNCES ONE BOOK ONE TOWN 2019 The Fairfield Public Library and its community partners — Pequot Library, Fairfield University and the Fairfield University Bookstore — announced two selections for One Book One Town (OBOT) for 2019 on Tuesday morning. The…

‘CAN’T UNDO WRONG. CAN ONLY DO OUR BEST TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT.’
Newsletter / December 30, 2018

FREE BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL STUDENTS PRIOR TO AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST’S VISIT TO ORANGEBURG (Jewell Parker) Rhodes is the author of the middle-grade books “Ghost Boys,” “Towers Falling” and the Louisiana Girls Trilogy: “Ninth Ward,” “Sugar” and “Bayou Magic.” Rhodes has received numerous honors including: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing and the Coretta Scott King Honor Book. READ MORE…   BOOKS IN BRIEF (The Day You Begin) is based on a poem from Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming,” which won the National Book Award. It begins: “There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Maybe it will be your skin, your clothes, or the curl of your hair. There will be times when no one understands the way words curl from your mouth, the beautiful language of the country you left behind.”  READ MORE…   WHAT YOU’RE READING: CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR A GLOBAL NATION Featuring Jane Addams Authors Jacqueline Woodson and Phillip Hoose READ MORE… ACCLAIMED PORTLAND AUTHOR PAIRS WITH POET FOR NEW YA…

SUPPORT PEACE & JUSTICE LEARNING
Newsletter / December 23, 2018

A YEAR END MESSAGE FROM THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE ASSOCIATION These long winter nights prompt us to reflect on the year behind and make plans for the year to come.  The challenges of working toward peace and social justice in 2018 were profound. Despite this fact, the Jane Addams Peace Association remains true to our mission: to deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue and social action. This mission requires supporting those who work for peaceful change – wherever they are found –  especially those working with and for youth, and youth themselves. We promote equity for all peoples, freedom, cultural understanding, social justice and, above all, peace.  We hope that you will join us in this work by making a donation in support by clicking here. Looking forward to 2019, Thank you.   YOUNG READERS: THESE BOOKS TACKLE SEXISM, GRIEF AND CULTURE–FOR KIDS The poems touch on kid-oriented details, like kites and food, while they impart quick facts about the holidays. The richly colored artwork varies in emotion from joyful to solemn, with hints of humor along the way. READ MORE…   ARTIST AND BOOKSTORE OWNER HOPES TO BRING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER R. Gregory Christie…

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…

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…