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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…

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…

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…

CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD TELLS THE STORY OF AMAZING GRACE
Newsletter / August 12, 2018

JOHN NEWTON’S SONG OF PRAYER You’ve sung the words countless times. You’ve heard the song in many places. But did you know the true story of the classic hymn? Most people haven’t, but in “How Sweet the Sound,” author Carole Boston Weatherford tells it with couplets more powerful than a storm at sea; indeed, this book is little more than a poem written in descriptive style, but sparsely, which lends more weight to each careful word. READ MORE… ___________________________________________ NOTABLE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF REPRESENTATION Many contemporary children’s books are both mirrors and windows, showing children the connections among all people.  (Andy Ryan / Getty Images) “Collaborating with Salva Dut to write ALong Walk to Water provided me with a window in a way that I never could have imagined — not just for me but for the young readers of the book, who have subsequently reached out to communities in South Sudan. Those readers have gone from looking in the window to leaping right through it!” — Linda Sue Park, Author of A Long Walk to Water READ MORE… ___________________________________________ ‘UNDOCUMENTED’ IS A PICTURE BOOK THAT’S NOT JUST FOR KIDS There are millions of undocumented workers in…