We envision a future where people actively work to dismantle injustices and build a more peaceful, equitable world.
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Deepening understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue and social action.

All children deserve the opportunity to see themselves reflected in books, as well as learn about those who are different from them. We believe books open our minds, our hearts, and our worlds. Jane Addams Children’s Book Award commended titles are books in which young people feel seen, celebrated, valued, and empowered to question, discuss, and act. – With gratitude for the work of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop

April 28, 2021 | Award Presentations

Presentations by selection committee & addresses by authors & illustrators.

Core Presentations & Remarks

Author & Illustrator Conversation

Jane Addams Slideshow

2021 Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards


A Wish in the Dark

Books for Older Children by Christina Soontornvat

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We Are Water Protectors

Books for Younger Children by Carole Lindstrom, Illustrated by Michaela Goade

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About the Jane Addams Children's Book Award

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. A national committee of members with passion for and expertise in children’s literature and social justice is responsible for making the choices each year.

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Your gift of any size to the Jane Addams Peace Association will help support and promote social justice narratives for today’s children and their adults as well as the reflection, dialogue, and social action that such narratives inspire.

Jane Addams


Jane Addams was a social activist who struck at the roots of social injustice through astute, persistent, thoughtful action during the first decades of the twentieth century. Addams worked tirelessly for reforms in child labor law, sanitation, housing conditions and work conditions for nearly four decades. Firmly grounded in the Chicago immigrant neighborhood surrounding Hull House–the settlement house she founded with Ellen Gates Starr in 1889–her vision went far beyond its boundaries.

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