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What is the Jane Addams Children's Book Award?

The Jane Addams Children's Book Award annually recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.


The Jane Addams Children's Book Award has been presented annually since 1953. Beginning in 1993, a Picture Book category was created. Honor books may be chosen in each category.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt and Marta Teele, JACBA founder,
present Mr. Arna Bontemps with the 1956 Award
for the second edition of his book The Story of the Negro.


Authors and artists of award-winning and honor books each receive a certificate and an honorarium. Seals designating each recognition are available for purchase by publishers, libraries, schools and others wanting them from the Jane Addams Peace Association.


Between 1963 and 2002, announcement of the Award was made each fall on the September anniversary of Jane Addams' birth date. Since 2003, the award winners have been announced in late April for the anniversary of the founding of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Jane Addams was a co-founder and the first President). An Award presentation, open to all, is held each year on the third Friday of October in New York City.


Jane Addams Peace Association FAQs

Contact address for questions and book submissions:
Heather Palmer
Chair, Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Valley View Middle School
6750 Valley View Road
Edina, MN 55439

Contact to order award winning seals:


For a printable version of all award winners and honorees, please click here for the PDF.

Please ask for these books at your local library or independent bookstore.




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