Weekly JACBA Newsletter

Poem on Reigelman’s MLK Experience by George Ella Lyon

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Milton Reigelman’s experience on the memorable day Martin Luther King Jr spoke the famous words “I have a dream” has been captured in a poem written by acclaimed Kentucky poet and Centre College graduate George Ella Lyon. The poem is part of a collection she wrote with colleague J. Patrick Lewis about the 1963 March on Washington.

Read More | George Ella Lyon, 2010 Awardee


These books hold stories about Martin Luther King, civil rights

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The Kansas City Public Library suggests these books to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson

Read More | Debbie Levy, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, 2014 Awardees, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney 2011 Awardees, Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee, Cynthia Levinson, 2013 Awardee


Psychological effects of pets are profound

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By Sy Montgomery
Pet-assisted therapies help troubled children, people with autism, and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and drug addiction. Pets help normalize brain chemistry.

Read More | Sy Montgomery, 2013 Awardee


National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine in Sarasota

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Bookstore1Sarasota’s winter author luncheon series presents Kathryn Erskine, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for young people’s literature for Mockingbird, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Florida Studio Theatre’s Court Cabaret…

Read More | Kathryn Erskine, 2014 Awardee


Author, Author

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Author Joseph Bruchac plays his flute for students and parents as part of the Take Your Family to School Week at Euper Lane Elementary School on Tuesday. Bruchac has authored more than 120 books for adults and children, including The First Strawberries. Bruchac said in his ancestral Abenaki language, his flute is called a ‘pekwongan,’ meaning the object that you blow through.

Read More | Joseph Bruchac, 1999 Awardee


Artist Kadir Nelson’s work on display at Arts Council beginning Jan. 23

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More than 30 of Nelson’s works will be on display beginning Jan. 23 at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The images are taken from several children’s books, including “I Have a Dream,” an illustrated version of Martin Luther King’s famous speech; and “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans.” The books will be on sale during the exhibit.

Read More | Kadir Nelson, 2012 Awardee


Children’s author Katherine Paterson receives honorary degree

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Katherine Paterson, one of the most celebrated children’s authors in the world, received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts on Thursday.

Read More | Katherine Paterson, 2003 and 1979 Awardee


Sundance Film Festival 2015: best of the line-up

Z for Zachariah (dir. Craig Zobel)
Based on the novel by Robert C O’Brien, this film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine as two men primitively tussling for the affections of a young woman (played by Margot Robbie) in a post-apocalyptic world.

Read More | Robert C O’Brien, 1976 Awardee


Diversity in Children’s Literature and the Legacy of Pura Belpre

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In Belprs folklore, she often underlined this sense of imperfection. For example, she showed that even though the Tainos had beautiful values and bravery, they didn’t win every battle against the Spaniards (Once in Puerto Rico, 1977)… The pressure to present a perfect America often means that we erase the voices of the marginalized.

Read More | Lucia Gonzalez, 2009 Awardee

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