A YEAR END MESSAGE FROM THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE ASSOCIATION
These long winter nights prompt us to reflect on the year behind and make plans for the year to come.
The challenges of working toward peace and social justice in 2018 were profound. Despite this fact, the Jane Addams Peace Association remains true to our mission: to deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue and social action. This mission requires supporting those who work for peaceful change – wherever they are found – especially those working with and for youth, and youth themselves. We promote equity for all peoples, freedom, cultural understanding, social justice and, above all, peace.
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Looking forward to 2019,
YOUNG READERS: THESE BOOKS TACKLE SEXISM, GRIEF AND CULTURE–FOR KIDS
The poems touch on kid-oriented details, like kites and food, while they impart quick facts about the holidays. The richly colored artwork varies in emotion from joyful to solemn, with hints of humor along the way.
ARTIST AND BOOKSTORE OWNER HOPES TO BRING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
R. Gregory Christie said he wants patrons to think of his Perimeter Mall shop, GAS-Art Gifts Children’s Bookstore, primarily as a bookstore although he said it’s much more. “It’s an art shop and studio as well, but my goal is to help people see art and books in a new way. I want to bring the community together through art and literacy.”
“My art is for everyone,” Christie said, “but I think it’s especially important for children of color to see illustrations of people who look like them. The largest segment of my customer base is Black grandmothers. They are so excited to see books with positive images of Black children.
THE ‘GREEN BOOK’ WAS A LIFELINE FOR BLACK TRAVELERS
Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, the author and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey never really questioned why his family, like all other black families he knew, would leave for vacation car trips at 2 or 3 in the morning.
BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2018: A ROUNDUP
Jacqueline Woodson, a National Book Award winner, explores the uncertainty that comes from feeling different in a poem that’s at once funny and heartbreaking, soaring and intimate.
BOOKS IN BRIEF: HARBOR ME BY JACQUELINE WOODSON
Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner for “Brown Girl Dreaming,” explores big social issues in contemporary America, through the experience of a group of sixth graders who are grappling with the realities of racism, threats of deportation, incarceration.
The United States Board for Books for Young People (USBBY) has selected author Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator Allen Say as their nominees for the 2020 Hans Christian Anderson Book Award.
YOUTHS WILL LOVE BOOK WRITTEN FOR ADULTS
Sy Montgomery, author of “How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018), shows that humans who love other species learn love, forgiveness and grief, among other necessary human traits.
The award-winning author writes for both children and adults and is a naturalist and adventurer. This is an adult book that young adults will love.