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

Youth and Social Justice

The Jane Addams Children?s Book Award selection committee keeps in mind the perspectives of young people and their concerns when theyidentify titles for the award. Young people are spearheading social movements across the world and they care deeply about issues of peace and justice, and we want to hear from them! Now, young people, with […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Kids as Agents of Social Change

The theme for this month’s newsletter is kids as agents of social change. Weselected two Jane Addams Children?s Book Award winners that featurecharacters who engage in activism to promote social justice in their community. So many of the youth in our communities are engaging in collective activism to bring awareness to issues that impact our […]

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Voter Suppression & Voter Rights

In the United States, the right to vote is a fundamental, but contested component of our democracy. In this month?s newsletter we highlight two books that focus on the struggle and fight to secure voting rights for all people. Although historically marginalized groups have organized to dismantle discriminatory voting laws, many of the gains made […]

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The Rights and of Indigenous Peoples

“We’ve all been living on broken ugly systems built on genocide and slavery. Strengthening and empowering others, in whatever capacity, also helps the self.” – Red Haircrow Indigenous Peoples’ Day is this month. It is a holiday that celebrates and honors American Indians for their resistance and resilience in surviving genocide and oppression in the […]

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