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October 20, 2017 2:30PM
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony


Humans had to evolve to acknowledge octopus consciousness

“An octopus is as different from a person physically as creatures can get,” naturalist Sy Montgomery, author of the 2015 book The Soul of an Octopus, …

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Getting to Know Sy Montgomery

Getting to Know Sy Montgomery. Do you think of writing children’s books as a “desk job”? Well, there is some sitting and writing involved but there is so …

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Sandwich Reads Together To Focus On ‘The Soul Of An Octopus’

Written by author and naturalist Sy Montgomery, it explores the physical world of the octopus and the connections it makes with humans. By turns …

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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery 2013 Awardee

8 Things That Happen In Kids’ Brains When Arts Funding Gets Cut

Children’s book author and professor Jewell Parker Rhodes knows firsthand how a lack of emphasis on creativity can stymie emotional expression…

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Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee

The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee

Reading & literacy: A shared journey

Author and educator Dr. Francisco Jimenez greets Viola Perez at the … as an author, he embraced an audience that shared his passion for learning.

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez 1998 Awardee

Dr. Seuss’ racial history draws controversy

According to an account in School Library Journal, the National Education Association, which sponsors Read Across America, is shifting its emphasis to a year-round calendar that features a diverse collection of books. The move comes amid discussions about Seuss’ early work, particularly the editorial cartoons drawn during World War II, and after the NEA received a report concluding that 98 percent of the people in Seuss’ books are white… In 2014, two African-American children’s writers, Walter Dean Myers and his son, Christopher Myers, wrote opinion pieces in the New York Times decrying what they called “the apartheid of literature.” That led to the formation of We Need Diverse Books and similar organizations pushing the publishing industry to expand their offerings.

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

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

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.

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