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Announcing 27 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award 2020 Finalists!

The Jane Addams Peace Association is delighted to announce that for the first time in the history of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, we are publicly sharing 27 finalist titles under consideration for the award! 2020 Finalists for Younger Children 2020 Finalists for Older Children We believe this year, especially, that these books and others like them can open up conversations […]

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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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A Sea Change In Diversity Of Children’s Literature & International Nelson Mandela Day

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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Andrea Davis Pinkney Receives Poetry Award

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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2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Goes To Walter Dean Myers

CHRISTOPHER MYERS ACCEPTS THE 2019 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE LEGACY AWARD FOR HIS FATHER, WALTER DEAN MYERS Walter Dean Myers is the posthumous recipient of the 2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. READ MORE.. “ONLY THE […]

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