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

Shining a Light on Black Voices in February and All Year

This February, and every month, is a fine time to shine a still overdue light on Black people who contributed and lead the way in the arts, civil rights, politics, and science. Black history is our history. It’s a great time to be inspired to write some poetry too. Representation is important. Let this be […]

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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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Navigating Identities in Schools & Communities

Over the last three years our social media feeds, newspapers, podcasts, and evening news programming have documented the impact of violent rhetoric and social injustices in our society. As an association that has peace and social justice at the heart of our mission, it is our duty to speak up about these issues and find […]

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The Healing Superpowers Of Friendship

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP The Jane Addams Peace Association seeks committee members for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee (JACBA). We are looking for members with diverse perspectives and identities among parents, teachers, librarians, activists, and child advocates, all with knowledge of children’s literature. JACBA selection committees are comprised of nine […]

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Important Stories And The Importance Of Storytelling

JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP The Jane Addams Peace Association seeks committee members for the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee (JACBA). We are looking for members with diverse perspectives and identities among parents, teachers, librarians, activists, and child advocates, all with knowledge of children’s literature. JACBA selection committees are comprised of nine […]

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Toni Morrison

“But We Do Language….” And Illustrations Too!

TONI MORRISON WAS A ‘LITERARY MOTHER’ TO COUNTLESS WRITERS Toni Morrison died this (past) week at age 88 and left behind countless writers for whom her characters were like close acquaintances and her stories like parables to guide them through their own lives. Edwidge Danticat, the prize-winning Haitian-American author, called her “a literary mother to […]

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Begin The School Year With ‘The Day You Begin’

BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH ‘THE DAY YOU BEGIN’ BY JACQUELINE WOODSON (THE JANE ADDAMS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2019 WINNING TITLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN) National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when […]

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Coretta Scott King Award: Important For Now 50 Years

A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARDS To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards, the Dewey Decibel podcast invited five past winners and honorees to discuss the award, its history, and importance at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Participants included authors Jason Reynolds (Ghost), Angie Thomas (The […]

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