We envision a future where people actively work to dismantle injustices and build a more peaceful, equitable world.

‘Tis The Season for Giving Back to Your Community

Jane Addams’s Mission in Action at NCTE: Several of the creators of the 2022 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award-winning and honor books, along with members of the Award’s Selection Committee, presented their books at the National Council of Teachers of English in Anaheim, Calif., last month.
Front row: (Ray Anthony Shepard, Carole Boston Weatherford, Aida Salazar, Angela Joy)
Back row: (Dr. Jongsun Wee, Josie Bustos, Dr. Jenice Mateo-Toledo, Nanesha Nuñez, Dr. Jackie Arnold, Shanetia Clark, Dr. Ruth Quiroa)

Jane Addams was an activist who struck at the roots of social injustice through astute, persistent, thoughtful action. Her overall mission was to help those around her and provide resources and tools to better help those that were less fortunate. 

At the heart of Jane Addams’s beliefs was a profound commitment to the idea of a cooperative society consistent with social democracy. She called for social elites to take a greater interest in the needs of the lower classes, advocated that powerful corporations end their efforts to block legislation aimed at improving the economic lives of workers, and offered support for labor unions intent on ending the practice of child labor.

Today, the Jane Addams Peace Association continues to fight for the rights of everyone, including immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. It is our duty to look after each other and fight against the oppressive systems that continue to destroy communities around the world. This December, let’s continue to raise awareness and help those that seek our help during this holiday season.


Celebrate Jane Addams Day at the Hull-House Museum


In honor of Jane Addams Day, please join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for the book launch of Invisible Labors: Reviving Histories of Women’s Land Work in the Blue Island Ridge Communities, Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, December 8th from 5:00-8:00 PM. Like Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Invisible Labors connects the efforts and desires of Chicago’s progressive era social reformers to women working today across social justice issues and the arts.

Authors Susannah Papish, artist and Director of boundary gallery, and Melissa Potter, artist and Professor at Columbia College Chicago, will be in dialogue with printer Jacob Lindgren of Inga Books and Tom McCormick of Thomas McCormick Gallery about the project from the genesis of the garden design to the development of the artist book. The conversation will also feature a video interview with book designer Tamara Becerra Valdez.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement. The Museum is located in two of the original settlement house buildings–the Hull Home, a National Historic Landmark, and the Residents’ Dining Hall, a beautiful Arts and Crafts building that has welcomed some of the world’s most important thinkers, artists and activists.


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For visits to the museum during regular hours, their suggested donation is $5 per person. Admission for UIC faculty, staff, and students is free of charge: https://www.hullhousemuseum.org/overview  


Announcing the 2023 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award  Finalists in the Books for Younger Children Category


The Jane Addams Peace Association is delighted to announce the finalist titles under consideration for the 2023 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award in the Books for Younger Children category. We believe that these books, and others like them, can open up conversations between children and their adults–teachers, librarians and caregivers–about what is happening in the world around them and how they can be change-makers in their own families and communities.



  1. Ablaze with Color: A Story of Painter Alma Thomas. Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Loveis Wise. HarperCollins Children’s Books.
  2. Because Claudette. Tracey Baptiste, illustrated by Tonya Engel. Dial Books for Young Readers.
  3. Because of You, John Lewis: A True Story of a Remarkable Friendship. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown. Scholastic Press.
  4. Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement. Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington. Roaring Brook Press.
  5. Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book. Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins Publishers.
  6. I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story. Martha Brockenbrough with Grace Lin, illustrated by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  7. Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth: Educator, Feminist, and Anti-Lynching Civil Rights Leader. Michelle Duster, illustrated by Laura Freeman. Godwin Books/Macmillan.
  8. ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance that Crossed Color Lines. Dean Robbins, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Candlewick Press.
  9. The Mother of a Movement: Jeanne Manford–Ally, Activist and Co-Founder of PFLAG. Rob Sanders, illustrated by Sam Kalda. Magination Press/American Psychological Association.
  10. Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Nation’s First Shelter for Women. Christine McDonnell, illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov. Candlewick Press.
  11. Until Someone Listens: A Story about Borders, Family, and One Girl’s Mission. Estela Juarez with Lissette Norman, illustrated by Teresa Martinez. Roaring Brook Press. Also available in a Spanish language edition, translated by Cecilia Molinari: Hasta Que Alguien Me Escuche
  12. When the Schools Shut Down: A Young Girl’s Story of Virginia’s Lost Generation and the Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka Decision. Yolanda Gladden, as told to Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, illustrated by Keisha Morris. HarperCollins Children’s Books.


Finalists for the Books for Older Children will be announced the first week of December. The Jane Addams Peace Association will announce winning and honor books from among these finalists on January 13, 2023. Awards will be presented to the winning and honored authors and illustrators at a hybrid ceremony in Spring 2023. All are invited, whether they be in classrooms, libraries or at home.


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.


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City of Asylum was founded in 2004 by Northside Pittsburgh residents Diane Samuels and Henry Reese and its mission is to build a just community by protecting and celebrating freedom of creative expression. They provide sanctuary to endangered writers and artists, so that they can continue to create and their voices are not silenced. City of Asylum offers a broad range of free literary, arts, and humanities programs in a community setting to build social equity through cultural exchange.

One of their major programs is The City of Asylum Exiled Writer and Artist Residency. This program is a long-term residency for literary writers and other artists who are in exile from their home countries and under threat of persecution because of their work. The goal of this sanctuary program is to enable each writer- and artist-in-residence to continue to create while transitioning to a stable, independent life in exile. For two years or more, they provide writers and artists with a home on Sampsonia Way, a stipend, legal counsel, medical benefits, and access to professional development opportunities.

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The 2022 NCTE Annual Convention

That’s a wrap from the 2022 National Council of Teachers of English Conference! The Jane Addams Peace Association would like to thank everyone including our incredible hosts, presenters, authors, illustrators, and special guests that attended this year’s conference. You all truly made this event special and worthwhile.  



The Jane Addams Peace Association perpetuates the spirit of activist and pacifist Jane Addams, her love for children and humanity, her commitment to freedom and democracy, and her devotion to the cause of world peace.

Through our Books In Their Hands program we bring authors and illustrators to low-income schools nationally to share their Jane Addams award books. We also donate Jane Addams Children’s Book Award commended titles into the hands of children. 

Your donation to the Jane Addams Peace Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, is tax-deductible and helps us support authors, illustrators, parents, teachers, and librarians deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue, and social action.

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