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.


Chair: Josefa Bustos Pelayo – California – Hanford Elementary School District & California State University at Fresno

Co-chair: Jackie Marshall Arnold – Ohio – University of Dayton

Shanetia Clark – Maryland – Salisbury University

Dora Guzman – Illinois- Bensenville School District

Annisha Jeffries- Ohio- Cleveland Public Library

Kharissa Kenner – New York – Bank Street School for Children

Nanesha Nunez – New York – Concord Road Elementary, Ardsley

Publisher Liaison: Ruth E. Quiroa – Illinois – National Louis University

Naomi Solomon- Nebraska- Lincoln City Library

Jade Valenzuela – New Mexico – Albuquerque Academy

Jongsun Wee – Oregon – Pacific University

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.