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Intermediate and Middle School Age Online Inquiry and Social Action Activities

Arising from the words and work of our Jane Addams Children’s Book Award authors and illustrators, each inquiry and social action learning activity here can be completed online with no need for outside resources aside from pencil, paper, and occasionally art supplies. While created in response to the coronavirus school shutdown in the spring of 2020, the activities have been updated to be as useful now as then. Click on the titles below each picture and find materials from and about the author along with guiding questions for reading, writing, reflection, and action.

Yuyi Morales

Illustrations of Care & Hope

Meet Yuyi Morales, illustrator of the 2004 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award winning title for younger children, ‘Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez.’

Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Use Steady Loving Confrontation

Meet Lynda Blackmon Lowery coauthor (along with Elsbeth Leacock & Susan Buckley) of the 2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winning Title for Older Children, ‘Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March.’

Debbie Levy

Ask Open-Ended Questions

Meet Debbie Levy author of the 2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title ‘I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark.’

Kadir Nelson

Challenging Us to Fill Our Days With Creating

Meet artist Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of the 2012 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title, ‘Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.’

Lucia M. Garcia & Lulu Delacre

Special Librarians and Special Stories

Meet Lulu Delacre, illustrator, and Lucia M. Gonzalez, author, of the 2009 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Title for Younger Children, ‘The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos.’

Elizabeth Suneby

A Window into a Girls’ School in Afghanistan

Meet Elizabeth Suneby, author of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award 2014 Honor Title, ‘Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education.’

Lesa Cline-Ransome & James E. Ransome

Ask Why

Meet Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome, husband and wife team and author and illustrator of the 2018 Jane Addams Children’s Books Award Honor Title, ‘Before She Was Harriet.’

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