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

New Year and New Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner and Honor Titles!

What makes a new year new? Change, and opportunity for more change! Young and old, we have a part to play in bringing in the new! From among our 26 powerful 2020 Finalists, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Selection Committee has chosen the following 2021 Winning and Honor titles. Each of these books is […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

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 […]

Read More…

Movements for Social Change

The theme for this month’s newsletter is movements for social change. We selected two Jane Addams Children’s Book Award winners that feature politically savvy women who advocated for civil rights. In our democratic society, we have watched and participated in social protest movements to stand against social injustices and demand change. These books focus on […]

Read More…

Environmental Justice

The theme for this month’s newsletter is environmental justice. We selected two Jane Addams Children’s Book Award winners that feature characters who responded to environmental and public health challenges that posed barriers for under-resourced and marginalized communities. It is with great sadness that we recognize at the time of this newsletter?s publication, the world is […]

Read More…

Jane Addams Peace Association