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Connecting Mirrors, Windows, Doors, Curtains, Telescopes, and Banned Books

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop uses “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors” as an analogy to discuss the importance of diversity in books and the authors who write them.   Listen to a Youtube interview with Dr. Rudine Sims Bishops and click here for her 1990 ‘Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding […]

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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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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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