Selection Committee

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award titles are carefully selected by a diverse set of activists, educators, parents, and teachers. The selection process strives to be ever more democratic, intersectional, and representative.

2022-23 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Selection Committee

Chair: Josefa Bustos Pelayo

Hanford Elementary School District & California State University at Fresno– California

Co-Chair: Jackie Marshall Arnold

University of Dayton– Ohio


Shanetia Clark

Salisbury University – Maryland










Dora Guzman

Bensenville School District – Illinois













Annisha Jeffries 

Cleveland Public Library – Ohio

Kharissa Kenner

Bank Street School for Children – New York

Nanesha Nunez

Concord Road Elementary, Ardsley – New York

Ruth E. Quiroa

National Louis University – Illinois












Naomi Solomon

Lincoln City Libraries – Nebraska

Jade Valenzuela

Albuquerque Academy – New Mexico

Jongsun Wee

Pacific University-Oregon


Apply to be a member of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Selection Committee

The Jane Addams Peace Association seeks selection committee members with diverse perspectives and identities among parents, teachers, librarians, activists, and child advocates, all with knowledge of children’s literature. The committee is comprised of nine to twelve people serving three-year terms. Members read widely throughout the year, communicate via an online platform, and meet virtually bi-monthly.  New applicants are welcome. Send a statement of interest to