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.

2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards

Winner

Ghost Boys

Books for Older Children by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys is a timely and haunting depiction of two African American boys who die before reaching manhood, victims of violence. Drawing on traditions that view ancestors as [...]

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The Day You Begin

Books for Younger Children by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López

The Day You Begin demonstrates the power of sharing stories to break down barriers and build community. The Selection Committee noted [...]

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The Day War Came

Books for Younger Children
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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Books for Older Children
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The Night Diary

Books for Older Children
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Julián is a Mermaid

Books for Younger Children

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

(1860-1935)

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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