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 SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS
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.