Jane Addams Peace Association News

Poem on Reigelman’s MLK Experience by George Ella Lyon


Milton Reigelman’s experience on the memorable day Martin Luther King Jr spoke the famous words “I have a dream” has been captured in a poem written by acclaimed Kentucky poet and Centre College graduate George Ella Lyon. The poem is part of a collection she wrote with colleague J. Patrick Lewis about the 1963 March on Washington.

Read More | George Ella Lyon, 2010 Awardee

These books hold stories about Martin Luther King, civil rights


The Kansas City Public Library suggests these books to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson

Read More | Debbie Levy, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, 2014 Awardees, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney 2011 Awardees, Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee, Cynthia Levinson, 2013 Awardee

Psychological effects of pets are profound


By Sy Montgomery
Pet-assisted therapies help troubled children, people with autism, and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and drug addiction. Pets help normalize brain chemistry.

Read More | Sy Montgomery, 2013 Awardee

National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine in Sarasota


Bookstore1Sarasota’s winter author luncheon series presents Kathryn Erskine, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for young people’s literature for Mockingbird, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Florida Studio Theatre’s Court Cabaret…

Read More | Kathryn Erskine, 2014 Awardee

Author, Author


Author Joseph Bruchac plays his flute for students and parents as part of the Take Your Family to School Week at Euper Lane Elementary School on Tuesday. Bruchac has authored more than 120 books for adults and children, including The First Strawberries. Bruchac said in his ancestral Abenaki language, his flute is called a ‘pekwongan,’ meaning the object that you blow through.

Read More | Joseph Bruchac, 1999 Awardee

Artist Kadir Nelson’s work on display at Arts Council beginning Jan. 23


More than 30 of Nelson's works will be on display beginning Jan. 23 at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The images are taken from several children's books, including “I Have a Dream,” an illustrated version of Martin Luther King's famous speech; and “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans.” The books will be on sale during the exhibit.

Read More | Kadir Nelson, 2012 Awardee

Children’s author Katherine Paterson receives honorary degree


Katherine Paterson, one of the most celebrated children’s authors in the world, received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts on Thursday.

Read More | Katherine Paterson, 2003 and 1979 Awardee

Sundance Film Festival 2015: best of the line-up

Z for Zachariah (dir. Craig Zobel)
Based on the novel by Robert C O’Brien, this film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine as two men primitively tussling for the affections of a young woman (played by Margot Robbie) in a post-apocalyptic world.

Read More | Robert C O’Brien, 1976 Awardee

Diversity in Children’s Literature and the Legacy of Pura Belpre


In Belprs folklore, she often underlined this sense of imperfection. For example, she showed that even though the Tainos had beautiful values and bravery, they didn’t win every battle against the Spaniards (Once in Puerto Rico, 1977)… The pressure to present a perfect America often means that we erase the voices of the marginalized.

Read More | Lucia Gonzalez, 2009 Awardee

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions will distribute Sundance title ‘Z for Zachariah’


Craig Zobel’s post-apocalpytic thriller “Z for Zachariah,” one of the biggest buzz-generating titles in the U.S. Dramatic competition, has secured distribution by a partnership between Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the industry news site The Wrap reported this week. The movie - based on the novel by the 1973 novel by Robert C. O’Brien (who also wrote the book that was the basis for “The Secret of NIMH”) - stars Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) as the last woman on Earth, or so she believes after a global disaster wipes out most of civilization.

Read More | Robert C. O’Brien 1976 Awardee

Interview with Vanessa Brantley Newton


A good friend of mine called to say that she was coming over to visit. She and I never spoke about our careers. She came to visit and looked at the artwork on the table and asked, “Vanessa, who does this artwork?” and I told her, “I do.” She then said, “In all the 8 years that we have known each other you never told me that you were an illustrator. Do you know who I work for?” “No,” I said. “Vanessa, I work for Scholastic Books and you are hired,” she said. The rest is history.

Read More | Vanessa Brantley Newton 2014 Awardee

Keillor, Erdrich, Gaiman join others in PEN condemnation of murders at Paris magazine


The PEN American Center, an international literary and human rights organization, has issued a condemnation of Wednesday’s terrorist killing of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo, the Paris-based satirical publication. The PEN condemnation was signed by area writers Garrison Keillor, Louise Erdrich and Neil Gaiman. Also signing were Woody Allen, Carl Bernstein, E.L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Malcolm Gladwell, Jane Smiley, Anne Tyler, Tobias Wolff and others.

Read More | Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is filled with wonderful books! Link roundup below:

Lafayette Public Library announces community reading initiative


Along with local leaders and businesses, the Lafayette Reads Together project will focus on A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Under a partnership with Cox Communications, every seventh grade student in Lafayette Parish public schools will read the book and discuss it in class, according to the library system.

Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee

Baker: Author Linda Sue Park shares literary lessons with Weedsport students


Park spent the day within our district sharing her love of writing and discussing several of her books before welcoming visitors to the Weedsport Free Library for a book discussion there later in the day, as well.

Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee

Climate change is threatening the existence of the world’s most amazing bird


We know Moonbird’s age, explains nature writer Phillip Hoose [author of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice] (who has written an eponymous book about him), because he was originally banded in 1995. And even then, he was an adult bird, meaning he was at least 2 years old. Since then, the same bird, with the same tag, is still being spotted, most recently in May 2014 in New Jersey. That would make Moonbird at least 21 years old, a true Methuselah for his species.

Read More | Phillip Hoose 2010 Awardee

Children’s author tackles environment

His newest book, Eyes Wide Open, took shape after he began noticing dead bees in his California driveway. Award-winning children’s author Paul Fleischman began studying the environment, trying to figure out the best way to help young readers understand the complex connections between human actions and the systems that sustain the planet.

Since the book’s release last fall, he has been touring the country talking to student groups. USA TODAY’s Greg Toppo recently sat down with Fleischman to discuss Eyes Wide Open and more…

Read More | Paul Fleischman 1998 Awardee

Seven-event Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series launches Feb. 4

Celebrated poet Louise Gluck and The Giver author Lois Lowry will speak at Butler University as part of the spring 2015 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series.

Read More | Lois Lowry 1990 Awardee

Richmond Christmas Mother Maya Smart imparts love of reading


Ask Maya Smart when she started reading, and she has a hard time finding an answer.

"I don’t remember not reading," the 2014 Richmond Christmas Mother said Thursday at Chimborazo Elementary School, where she gave a book to each of the students to encourage them to become readers too.

At Chimborazo, she delivered 560 copies of Jacqueline Woodson books. Children from kindergarten to second grade received the picture book Each Kindness.

"Woodson," Smart said, "is a wonderful author who delivers deeply affecting stories for young and young-adult readers. Every child needs to read her fresh, compelling voice, and I’m thrilled to be able to put her words in so many children’s hands, hearts and minds."

Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee

The Lives They Lived: Remembering some of those we lost this year.


Walter Dean Myers

Once, when a child asked him what the hardest part about writing was, he said: “There are no hard parts. Its all work, and you have to put your mind and heart in it. Its work. Its all good.” There was no greater calling, he felt, than to do for others what “Sonny’s Blues” had done for him.

Books had given him both an identity and a way to affect the world, his son, Christopher Myers, told me recently. “He felt that he owed books a repayment,” he said. “All his books were about rendering the invisible visible.”

Read More | Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee

Shark Diving: When Fear Doesnt Get In The Way


A lot of people like animals. But Sy Montgomery really, really likes animals, and she doesn’t let fear of dangerous animals get in the way.

Now she journeys beneath the sea to see great white sharks.

"Danger girl: What I learned about fear, sex, desire and dread from the peculiar pleasures of diving with great white sharks" by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery has written books for adults and children, swum with piranhas and electric eels in the Amazon, and been hunted by a swimming tiger in India. Her next book, The Soul of an Octopus, is out in May 2015.

Read More | Sy Montgomery 2013 Awardee

This is our inaugural weekly newsletter of noteworthy items regarding our award winning authors, illustrators and children’s books. We hope you enjoy it!

Kennedy Center to Stage MOCKINGBIRD in the Family Theater in 2015 from BroadwayWorld.com


The Kennedy Center and VSA present the world premiere production of Mockingbird from January 17 to February 1, 2015 in the Family Theater. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, the production is based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Kathryn Erskine, adapted by Julie Jensen and features direction by Tracy Callahan. This production for young audiences and their families is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee

National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson among speakers at BookCon 2015 from School Library Journal


BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books to host two gatherings that spotlight authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson, at BookCon 2015.

Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee

Bestselling Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Must-Read 2014 Picks! from Parade.com


Bestselling YA authors pick their 2014 faves and you’re not going to want to miss this list, from authors like Gayle Forman, Ally Condie, Tim Federle. From Jacqueline Woodson's brown girl dreaming to Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, here are 20 can’t miss books to add to your holiday shopping cart!

Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee

So, How Do You Wrap an E-Book? from NY Times

Lois Lowry is the author of more than 45 books, including Number the Stars and The Giver, both of which won the Newbery Medal. She told me she’s seen a gradual decline in attention span among young readers. “Forty years ago there was not this speeded-up entertainment culture that kids have fallen victim to now,” she said. “It was easier to get kids reading because there weren’t so many diverting factors.”

Read More | Lois Lowry 1990 Awardee

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers from NPR Fresh Air

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people’s literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. She says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family.

Read More | Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee

See more about all of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards at www.janeaddamspeace.org/jacba.

On Jane Addams Day, we invite you to consider how to insert peaceful practices into your life and to cultivate justice into your community.

Join us in celebrating Jane Addams Day, established as a commemorative holiday in Illinois in 2006 to remind their citizens of Addams’ lifelong commitment to making the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois - and the entire world - a better place.


The signing of the bill making December 10 a State Holiday brought to fruition over two years of dedicated work by Dongola Unit School teacher Cindy Vines and a team of five eighth-grade students-John Cauble, Katie Forcht, Brittany Lannom, Jennifer Medlin and Chayse Swink. They made it their goal to advocate for a state holiday honoring Jane Addams after discovering there were no state or national holidays honoring women anywhere in the USA (from: The History of Jane Addams Day, A Presentation by Jan Lisa Huttner).

On Dec. 10, 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, which primarily honored her work as the founder and leader of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. When the prize was awarded, Halvdan Koht, a prominent Norwegian historian, declared Jane Addams to be “the leading woman in the nation, one might almost say its leading citizen.”

A prolific author and renowned speaker, Jane Addams, along with Ellen Gates Starr established Hull House in 1889, the first settlement house in the United States. The first to come were the children. Small ones, brought there by their mothers for the morning kindergarten. The older children quickly discovered the social clubs and afternoon classes in the arts. Addams stressed the role of children in the Americanization process of new immigrants, and fostered the play movement and the research and service fields of leisure, youth, and human services. Hull-House featured multiple programs in art and drama, kindergarten classes, boys’ and girls’ clubs, language classes, reading groups, college extension courses, along with public baths, a free-speech atmosphere, a gymnasium, a labor museum and playground. She helped pass the first model tenement code and the first factory laws prohibiting child labor.

"We may either smother the divine fire in youth or we may feed it."
Jane Addams, The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets


Today, the organizations she helped to found, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) are still fighting for the causes she believed in.

The Jane Addams Peace Associations is proud to promote the ideals of Jane Addams through our annual Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. See janeaddamspeace.org for details. We hope that people all across the world will be inspired by Jane Addams and her life, on Dec. 10 and every day.

Visit Hull House, 800 S Halsted, Chicago, from 5pm-9pm on December 10 for an exciting event, Care and Resistance: Stories, workshops and actions for peace. Explore historical and contemporary experiences of peace building in the Hull-House Museum. The program concludes in the Residents Dining Hall with a dinner and discussion.

© 2015 Jane Addams Peace Association

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