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The Jane Addams Peace Association was founded in 1948 "to foster a better understanding between the people of the world toward the end that wars may be avoided and a more lasting peace enjoyed." Since 1953 we have honored the outstanding children's books promoting peace and justice with the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards.


Ruth Chalmers

Ruth Chalmers
Photo credit: Leah Fasten
Smith Alumnae Quarterly Fall 2009

Ruth Chalmers
Executive Director JAPA
Board member JAPA

The Jane Addams Peace Association has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of shared memories we've received since the notice of Ruth's passing was posted.

"She was a wonderful guide and model for so many of us, more importantly the hours-the years and the expertise she gave toward the work of JAPA is a contribution toward a world at peace that no one can calculate"

"To honor Ruth, the 'heart of JAPA'; The heart's beat keeps the body alive"

"The words that come to mind when I think of Ruth ~common sense, integrity, flexibility, generosity, wisdom a love of learning and the ability to the humorous side of almost everything"

"Our modest contribution is meant to emphasize the fact that whatever Ruth has ever done it has carried twice the weight and produced twice the fruit of any other's endeavors."

"Ruth was such a positive woman, very clear in her mind, frank and honest, warm and had a most surprising and refreshing sense of humour."

"Ruth Chalmers, Presente"

We thank US WILPF's many past presidents, International WILPF's past and current Presidents, WILPF members, JAPA board members and presidents for their insightful words of our Ruth. May her memory be for a blessing.


Congratulations to the 61st Jane Addams Children's Book Awardees Michelle Markel, Melissa Sweet, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Debbie Levy, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Elizabeth Suneby, Suana Verelst, Katheryn Erskine, and Anne Westrick.

2014 Winners and Honor books


Announcement made by Dr. Marianne Baker speaking on behalf of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award Selection Committee.

The Jane Addams Peace Association gives these awards annually for children's books that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, the equality of the sexes and equality of all races. The winning books also meet conventional standards of excellence.

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Judith JosephIt is with broken hearts and hope for the future that JAPA announces the opening of the Judith Joseph Living Fund. Judith's love of books, children, literacy, peace and all things good, made this decision easy for us. We hope to honor Judith's life by using donated funds to bring delight to the world's children through our award winning books for decades to come.

Please share this information with all who were touched by this special woman we were fortunate enough to call her sister.

Check out and comment on our most recent article about the
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"The Legacy of Jane Addams" by Margaret Harrington,
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