Weekly JACBA Newsletter 22Apr2015

Disney-Hyperion Releases New Paperback Edition of Award-Winning The Year of Goodbyes

Disney-Hyperion Books has just released the paperback edition of The Year of Goodbyes, Debbie Levy’s award-winning book that tells the story of her mother’s last year living as a girl in Nazi Germany in 1938.

Read More | We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy 2014 Awardee


Children’s book illustrator speaking at library

An award-winning children’s book illustrator will speak May 7 at the Broome County Public Library.
E.B. Lewis, who has illustrated 65 children’s books and won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a 2005 Caldecott Honor, will talk about his life and work at 6:30 p.m.

Read More | Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee
Night Boat to Freedom, written by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee


Name selected for new Santa Maria elementary school

The name of the school will be Jimenez Elementary named after Francisco and Robert Jiminez.
Francisco Jimenez is an acclaimed writer and author of best-selling books, including The Circuit, Breaking Through, and Reaching Out about his family’s personal struggles as Mexican immigrants working in the fields in California.

Read More | The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child written by Francisco Jimenez 1998 Awardee


5th Avenue Adventure Musical Theater Touring Co. visits area schools

The cast performed the original musical based on Ken Mochizuki’s novel of the same name about Japanese Americans during WWII.

Read More | Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story written by Ken Mochizuki 1998 Awardee


Musuem explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

“This is out of the box for the museum,” said Julia Gorzka Freeman, director of development. “We always offer discussions about the art, but this is new for us to have the subject of a painting come talk about the story behind the art.”

Read More | Through My Eyes written by Ruby Bridges 2000 Awardee


AWP 2015 with Children’s Publishers and Authors: A Photo Essay

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs held its annual conference from April 9-11, and effectively took over the city of Minneapolis for four days. Approximately 12,000 writers and industry professionals attended 550 panels and checked out the AWP book fair inside the convention center, where 700 exhibitors displayed their wares.
On the morning of the first day of the conference, the Plot IS Character, Character IS Plot panel drew 250 people to the convention center. The panelists included (from l.) children’s authors Nova Ren Suma, Varian Johnson, William Konigsberg, and Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Read More | Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee
The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee


NYT best-selling author visits Appleton schools

The inspiration for author Linda Sue Park’s books varies – something she reads, a movie she watches or a contribution from her family.
In “A Long Walk to Water,” Park was inspired by a story told by her husband, journalist Ben Dobbin, about Salva Dut, a Lost Boy of the Sudan who came to the U.S. after he was displaced by civil war.

Read More | A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee
When My Name Was Keoko written by Linda Sue Park 2003 Awardee


Acclaimed author Louise Erdrich creates interactive exhibit

Internationally-acclaimed author Louise Erdrich has long wanted to have a reading where she doesn’t have to be present. The show, “Asynchronous Reading,” features several telephones placed throughout the gallery, each offering a different message. As one woman picked up a vintage telephone and listened intently, Erdrich couldn’t help but smile.

Read More | The Birchbark House written by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee


Authors speak to Albany’s Giffen Elementary students

Today, the award-winning author – best known for her novel “Bridge to Terabithia,” which was later made into a movie – wants children to find that same love of reading in their own lives, no matter what their challenges or backgrounds.

Read More | The Same Stuff as Stars written by Katherine Paterson 2003 Awardee
The Great Gilly Hopkins written by Katherine Paterson 1979 Awardee

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