Weekly~ JACBA Newsletter 10Jul2015

Fresno library receives six Jane Addams Peace Award Books

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presented six nationally selected 2014 Jane Addams Peace Award Books to the Fresno County Downtown Library Children’s Room.

An event will take place on Sept.12 at the Downtown Library to honor Margarita Engle, a local author of children’s books who has won two Jane Addams Peace Book awards.

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom, written by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee


This Week in Fiction: Louise Erdrich

Your story in this week’s issue, “The Flower,” involves a kind of escape: a seventeen-year-old clerk, Wolfred, helps an eleven-year-old Ojibwe girl get away from the white trader, Mackinnon, who “bought” her from her alcoholic mother. In the end, the girl also saves the clerk.

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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee


KidsPost: Book club: ‘Half a World Away’

A boy adopted from Romania has a tough time in his new home. Will an adopted baby make life worse?

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Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata 2007 Awardee


KidsPost: Summer Book Club: ‘The Red Pencil’

Then a visitor to the camp brings pencils and writing pads for all the children. Amira receives a special red pencil. Its color is “ripe with promise,” the girl says in one of the short poems that make up this novel.

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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney 2011 Awardee
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee


Sherman Alexie’s First Picture Book ‘Thunder Boy Jr.’ With Yuyi Morales Is Basically Everything We Could Have Hoped For

Alexie will collaborate with Yuyi Morales, the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Viva Frida. It’s almost too much talent for one picture book.

Thunder Boy Jr. will be about a young boy who wants to have his own name, rather than share his father’s name as a junior.

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Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales 2004 Awardee


The bare bones with Lucille Clifton

She said that, “writing is a way of continuing to hope… perhaps for me it is a way of remembering I am not alone.”

The poet knows the state of human existence. She speaks of it in pared-down sentences, devoid of punctuation and capitals. The words are in short sentences, the poems, short too. Her work abounds with the history of her people and gender.

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Amifika by Lucille Clifton 1978 Awardee


Rondal Partridge, noted black-and-white photographer, dies

“He really taught me be observant of the world,” said [his daughter Elizabeth Partridge] a young adult author and one of his five children. “When you are around people always noticing the light, interesting things … you’re just taught to be observant by being exposed to them and their ideas.”

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Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge 2010 Awardee
Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge 1999 Awardee


Who is King? by Beverley Naidoo and Piet Grobler

Beverley Naidoo believes that information and understanding are huge steps towards empathy and recognises an urgent need in all communities to build positive attitudes towards others from a young age. The traditional stories featured in this book offer a fun way of introducing children to South Africa’s shared humanity.

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Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverley Naidoo 2004 Awardee
The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo 2002 Awardee


Authors & Illustrators course welcomes Young People’s Poet Laureate as first guest speaker

The first speaker for the annual Authors & Illustrators’ Art & Craft reading course, Jacqueline Woodson, has just been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. This praiseworthy designation is bestowed by the Poetry Association biennially to an author of “exceptional poetry for young readers.” In her new role she will work with the Poetry Foundation regarding literature for young people. And, as the title suggests, she will promote poetry for children and their families as well as schools, libraries, and other venues.

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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995


‘Shadowshaper’ carries forward the legacy of Walter Dean Myers

When BookCon reconvened this May, NPR reported that the impact of We Need Diverse Books was evident. Panels were more racially inclusive, including one led by rising literary star Daniel José Older, author of the short story collection “Salsa Nocturna” and the urban fantasy “Bone Street Rumba” series, who has written extensively about addressing diversity issues in writing and publishing. In a quote echoing Myers’s sentiments, Older told NPR, “We live in a very diverse world and literature needs to reflect that. And that it hasn’t is a failure – is a literary and a human failure.”

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Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee

Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee


10 books to help kids celebrate, understand the Fourth

“We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart” by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers

“Our Country’s Presidents” by Ann Bausum

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Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee
With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote by Ann Bausum 2005 Awardee


Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee

Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers 1992 Awardee


Top 9 Classics About the American Revolution

My Brother Sam is Dead (1974) by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier: Tim Meeker, the book’s young narrator, recounts the hardships that he and his family endure during the outset of the Revolution. The Meekers are essentially loyalists who want nothing to do with the war, but Tim’s older brother, Sam, decides to join the fight for independence. The story that follows is a deeply moving one about family, division, and loyalty of many kinds. What helps make this book work so well is the paired talents of the two authors: Christopher Collier was State Historian for Connecticut, while James Lincoln was an experienced children’s story writer. Their combining of artistry and history is superbly effective.

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My Brother Sam Is Dead written by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier 1975 Awardee

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