Weekly JACBA Newsletter 23Jul2015

KidsPost Summer Book Club: ‘Chickadee’


A boy becomes separated from his family in 1866 and must rely on his courage and strength.
“Chickadee” is the fourth novel in the series that Louise Erdrich started with “The Birchbark House,” but you don’t need to have read any of the previous books to follow the adventures here.

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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

Review of ‘Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?’


Eve Bunting’s book, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks chronicles the life of a young duck trying to find a pair of misplaced socks. The joy for young readers is getting to laugh at this character, taking comfort in knowing that other creatures forget things and make mistakes.

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The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting 1990 Awardee

Seattle Arts and Lectures presents
An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson


In the conclusion of this year’s Women You Need to Know series, Seattle Arts & Lectures is bringing poet extraordinaire Jacqueline Woodson. Crossing cultures and states, she’ll share the inspirations–the relatives, the friends, the locations–that made [her most recent work Brown Girl Dreaming] possible, giving us a small taste of what it was like for her to let go and remember.

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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

Just Read It


“Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog,” by Ann Bausum

Bausum, a gifted writer known for her ability to engage readers with lesser-known historical stories, perfectly captures the spirit of this brave terrier and his human, Pvt. James Robert Conroy.

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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

Calvin A. Ramsey on How Black Travel Has Changed Since Jim Crow


I’m old enough to remember those days, but the “Green Book” found me, at the funeral of a close friend’s son killed in an accident, in 2001. The grandfather said, “This is my first time in the deep South, and I was looking for a ‘Green Book.’ ” And I said, “What’s a ‘Green Book?’ ” It wouldn’t let me go.

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Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud 2012
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss 2011

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