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April is a time of Regrowth and Hope. With Love and Hope, we can Rock the Boat!

It’s the season of spring: Earth day, Passover, Ramadan, International Women Day, Deaf History Month, as well as water, workers’ rights, sexual assault awareness, and the first openly transgender Federal Official & first Native American Interior Secretary! It’s the season of celebration. Register now for the April 28th Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Virtual Ceremony. […]

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Debbie Levy: Ask Open-Ended Questions

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Meet Debbie Levy author of the 2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title ‘I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark.’ Read a summary of ‘I Dissent.’  I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark celebrates Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lifelong refusal to accept the unacceptable. Inspired by her mother, […]

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Lesa Cline-Ransome & James E. Ransome: Ask Why

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Meet Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome, husband and wife team and author and illustrator of the 2018 Jane Addams Children’s Books Award Honor Title, ‘Before She Was Harriet.’  Read a summary of ‘Before She Was Harriet.’ A journey backward in time through the life of the woman known most often […]

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Duncan Tonatiuh: Looking at Injustice

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Meet Duncan Tonatiuh, author of the 2015 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winning Title for Younger Children, ‘Separate is Never Equal.’  Read a summary of ‘Separate is Never Equal.’ In 1944, Sylvia Mendez’s Mexican American family had recently moved. She and her siblings were not allowed to go to the […]

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Susan L. Roth: Let’s (Not) Hold Hands (Just for Now)

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Meet Susan L. Roth author (along with co-author Cindy Trumbore) and illustrator of the 2012 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winning Title for Younger Children, ‘The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families.’   Read a summary ‘The Mangrove Tree.’ The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families is ecological innovation […]

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Renee Watson: Have a Conversation About Making Joy

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Meet Renee Watson Author of ‘Piecing Me Together,’ A Jane Addams Children’s Book Award 2018 Honor Title for Older Children. Read a summary of the book Jade misses going to school with neighborhood friends but the private school she attends on scholarship offers an international volunteer opportunity. This year she […]

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Andrea Daviw Pinkney and Brian Pinkney: No Matter How Old You Are, You Can Make a Change in the World

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Meet Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, husband-and-wife team and author and illustrator of ‘Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down,’ 2011 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award honor title for younger children. Read a summary of the book Sit-in energetically combines sweeping, fluid artwork and poetic prose, full […]

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Rafael Lopez: Dare to Engage

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Meet Rafael Lopez, contributor to ‘We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices’ and illustrator of the 2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award winning title for younger children, ‘The Day You Begin,’ authored by Jacqueline Woodson. View his joyful art. Read a summary of the book “There will be times […]

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