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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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Be a Seedfolk for Earth Day

Intermediate & Middle School Activity ‘Seedfolks’ was the 1998 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award honor title for older children by Paul Fleischman. Read a summary of the book A young Vietnamese girl plants six lima bean seedlings in an overgrown, garbage-strewn, inner-city lot in Cleveland. An elderly longtime resident of the neighborhood watches the child […]

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Javaka Steptoe: Inspiration for Your Words & Art

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Javaka Steptoe, contributer to We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices and Jane Addams award recipient, as a child was a model for his late father the award winning author/illustrator John Steptoe. Today, Javaka is an award wining artist, designer, author, and illustrator himself! Learn More Look closely at his work via […]

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Rise, Resist, Raise Your Voice Today!

Intermediate & Middle School Activity We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title for Older Chidren) is an empowering anthology that encourages resilience when “the world feels upside down.” Budding social activists looking for inspiration and ways to rise up, resist the status quo, and raise their voices […]

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Thanhha Lai: Language Changes Who You Are

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai 2012 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title for Older Children, is a sem- autobiographical story. For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon – the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of […]

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Lois Lowry: Grapples with 1918 pandemic shutdown

Intermediate & Middle School Activity Lois Lowry has written more than 40 books for young people, some quite serious like Jane Addams Children’s Book Award 1990 Honor Title for Older Readers, Number the Stars, and the dystopian classic novel, The Giver. Others, like the Anastaia series and The Willoughbys, are beloved and lighthearted.  Lois knows her young readers and respects their love […]

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Three Voices: Margarita Engle and poetry of perspective

Read a summary of the book Synopsis of ‘Silver People’ by Margarita Engle (2015 Jane Addams Winning Title for Older Children): The building of the Panama Canal was undoubtedly one of the great engineering feats of the 20th Century. But the human and environmental costs of this effort are rarely discussed. This powerful novel, written in […]

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Opening a Window into the Arab World

The Jane Addams Peace Association invited the Middle East Children’s Alliance to develop content for this month’s themed issue, Opening a Window to the Arab World. We are inspired by this organization’s commitment to peace, justice, and dialogue. We hope this month’s newsletter provides insight into the daily life, joy, fear, hopes, and burdens placed […]

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