Jane Addams Peace Association News

Famed Hiroshima Panels bound for U.S. in bid to spark rethink of A-bombings

Iri and Toshi Maruki spent over 30 years, starting in 1950, to complete the 15 large folding-screen panels on the atomic bombings. They were created in the manner of Japanese-style brush paintings as the artists revisited their painful memories of entering Hiroshima, Iri’s birthplace, shortly after the city was reduced to ashes in August 1945.

Read More | Hiroshima No Pika written by Toshi Maruki 1983 Awardee

WIES students swap stories with author

A Walpole Island Elementary School class got to spend an entire day with an author they have been following all year.

Joseph Bruchac spent time with Mrs. Nagpal’s Grade 6 class on May 26. While there, Bruchac read to the students, told stories and met with the rest of the school in an assembly.

Read More | The Heart of a Chief written by Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee

Library of Congress 15th Anniversary National Book Festival

Attending Authors:

Naomi Shihab Nye

Louise Erdrich

Cynthia Levinson

Habibi written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1998 Awardee
Sitti’s Secrets written by Naomi Shihab Nye 1995 Awardee
The Birchbark House written by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson 2013 Awardee

We Need Diverse Books At BookCon 2015 Showed Us 8 Reasons Why Diverse Books Are More Powerful Than Ever

Many writers lauded the power of social media to shed light on issues like the lack of authentic representation of minorities in children’s literature. As Jacqueline Woodson pointed out, “the ferocity of young people” sharing their opinions (and, well, rage, too) on the Internet is astounding ? especially when it’s being used for good.

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995

Award winning author and peace activist speaks to Meaford students

Award winning Canadian author, feminist and peace activist Deborah Ellis spoke to hundreds of local students on May 25 and had a simple message: stay informed, get involved and keep reading.

Read More | The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis 2005 Awardee
The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis 2004 Awardee
Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis 2003 Awardee

Elder Portraits to grace Art Wall

Award winning Plains Cree artist George Littlechild helps students to express history and culture through art as part of the Elder Portraits project.

Read More | This Land Is My Land by George Littlechild 1994 Awardee

The Course of Happiness by Louise Erdrich

Literary Time Travel Short Story

Read More | The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

2015 Read to Me Conference

Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, James Rumford, joins us in studio to talk about some of the benefits of reading aloud and also tell us about the 2015 Read to Me Conference happening on June 8 and 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Read More | Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford 2009 Awardee
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford 2005 Awardee

Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon: Helping Others Find Their Voice

Lyon credits her love of books and writing to her parents, who were the first in their families to finish high school and attend college. Her father, who worked at a dry cleaner in Harlan, loved poetry and would read a poem after supper each night.

Read More | You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson 2010 Awardee

BEA 2015: Spotlight on African-American Children’s Authors and Illustrators

The illustrators spoke about their personal motivations for entering the field of children’s literature and what continues to move them to create new books. Admitting that, earlier in his career as a fine artist, he “came in reluctantly to this business,” Lewis realized that “some of the best art is happening” in children’s books and quickly became entranced by the role he was able to play in “enticing children to become life-long learners” through his picture book illustrations. Evans discussed both the exertion and joy of telling powerful stories (he noted how it’s sometimes “painful to go through the process of getting stories out”) as well as what he perceives to be the “magic” of the world of publishing, with its opportunities to reach and transform so many young lives through books.

Read More | We March written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans 2013 Awardee
Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee
Night Boat to Freedom by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee

Jacqueline Woodson named young people’s poet laureate

“I think many people believe and want others to believe that poetry is for the precious, entitled, educated few,” Woodson said in an interview with the Poetry Foundation. “And that’s just not true. Our children’s first words are poems ? poems we and our listeners are delighted to hear and eager to understand. Rap is poetry. Spoken word is poetry. Poetry lives in our everyday.”

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995

Journey to Jo'burg is inspiration to students at The Academy at Shotton Hall

DRAMA club students yesterday (Thursday, June 4) marked 30 years of the modern classic Journey to Jo'burg with a performance inspired by the book - once banned by South Africa’s apartheid regime. Year 8 drama students at The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, were joined by author Beverley Naidoo at at East Durham College’s Lubetkin Theatre.

Read More | Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverley Naidoo 2004 Awardee
The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo 2002 Awardee

‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ author inspires MNPS students

“I write because I have all these questions, and when you write, you figure things out,” said award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson (Miracle’s Boys, Brown Girl Dreaming), addressing a gathering of students from Creswell Middle Prep School of the Arts.

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995

Claudette Colvin: Meet the Teenager who Inspired Rosa Parks


Though inspired by Colvin they went with Rosa Parks because, as Colvin explained in an interview with NPR, ?[t]hey thought I would be too militant for them. They wanted someone mild and genteel like Rosa.?

Read More | Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose 2008 Awardee

Friends at Beloit Library annual meeting set at BPL


Author Ann Bausum will give a presentation on Stubby, a WWI war dog who served in the trenches and became famous nationwide.

Read More | With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote, by Ann Bausum 2005 Awardee
Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr?s Final Hours, written by Ann Bausum 2013 Awardee

Quintessential Jewish mom, Andrea Poetsch, directs Number the Stars at Beth Judah


Next week, following on the heels of Mother?s Day, Congregation Beth Judah will present a play whose main characters are mothers and daughters who must make difficult decisions to protect people they love from being captured by Nazis. The play, Number the Stars, is a musical based on a novel by Lois Lowry.

The driving force behind Beth Judah?s production of this play, which has been performed for more than 12,000 local children over the last 8 years, is director Andrea Zakheim-Poetsch, a Jewish mom whose passion for teaching others about tolerance, Judaism, and music has made an indelible impact on our community.

Read More | Number the Stars written by Lois Lowry 1989 Awardee

One Book/Many Voices steering committee chooses ?Voices from the March? by George Ella Lyon

Lyon will speak about her book Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School.

Read More | You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson 2010 Awardee

A Noted Artist Creates an App for the Aging Mind ? and Eye


Ringgold, 84, is a painter, mixed-media sculptor, author and educator whose work is in the collections of major museums.
One of Sudoku’s millions of admirers, Faith Ringgold, has turned a brain teaser into a digital work of art ? and who better to do so given her stature as an artist whose primary medium is quiltmaking?

Read More | Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee

WPL Hosts Christopher Paul Curtis


Internationally renowned children’s author Christopher Paul Curtis will be at Windsor Public Library on May 6 to interact with school children, read from his works, and launch the 2015 Windsor Public Library Children’s Writing Club.
Christopher Paul Curtis is best known for award winning books such as The Madmen of Piney Woods, Elijah of Buxton, both of which are set in Essex County, Bud, Not Buddy which won the prestigious Newbery Award and was recently made into a play in Chicago, and The Watson’s Go To Birmingham, which was made into a Hallmark Feature Film.

Read More | Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis 2006 Awardee
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 1996 Awardee

Author: Jewish resistance in Holocaust speaks to humanity’s struggle for empowerment


Rappaport told other stories from the book but also related it to other struggles, such as civil and women’s rights, topics she’s covered in other books. In fact, she’s known for her multicultural books, but this is the first time she’s focused on a story affecting her own Jewish heritage.

Read More | Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport 2002 Awardee
Trouble at the Mines by Doreen Rappaport 1988 Awardee

Festival of Books: Why Jacqueline Woodson used poetry in ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’

“Memory doesn’t come as a straight narrative,” she said about why she didn’t choose prose. “It comes in small moments with all this white space.”

Read More | Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 2013 Awardee
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson 1996 Awardee
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson 1995 Awardee

Author Polacco to speak to local students

She states, “what I loved most about the neighborhood was that my neighbors came in as many colors, ideas, and religions as there are people on the planet.” Polacco’s books include several events that actually took place during that time.

Read More | Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco 1993 Awardee

Two legs good, eight legs best: five reasons to love octopuses

“I have always loved octopuses. No sci-fi alien is so startlingly strange,” says naturalist and author Sy Montgomery. Her new book, The Soul of an Octopus explores the “emotional and physical world of the octopus ? and the remarkable connections this astonishingly complex, spirited creature makes with humans”.

Read More | Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery 2013 Awardee

Humorous, informational books on hair-dos and hair-don'ts

“Big Wig: A Little History of Hair”
Fictional stories about hair go hand-in-hand with this informational book about the history of hair, told by historian Kathleen Krull.

Read More | Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull 2004 Awardee
Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull 1997 Awardee

George Ella Lyon Inducted as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate

“I hope that, as I 'laureate’ around Kentucky these next two years, I can remind people that they have a voice and invite them to tell those stories.”

Read More | You and Me and Home Sweet Home by George Ella Lyon 2010 Awardee

Racine author featured at Heritage Museum event

This May, in celebration of the release of the book “Root River Return” and in recognition of the donation of his collected works to Racine Heritage Museum, Racine native and celebrated author David Kherdian returns to Racine for a week of lectures, readings and other activities.

Read More | The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian 1980 Awardee

Plymouth Meeting Friends School to stage 'Westlandia’

The story about a boy who deals with not fitting in by creating his own ecosystem was written by prize-winning children’s author Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

Read More | Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman 1998 Awardee

Jewell Parker Rhodes Closes Children’s Institute With Powerful Talk on Diversity

Rhodes called on publishers, teachers, writers, librarians, and booksellers to increase their efforts in making sure children are able to appreciate themselves as unique human beings by sharing with them literature that mirrors who they are and where they come from.

Read More

Jewell Parker Rhodes on Diversity and Character-Driven Stories

“[Diversity] isn’t about political correctness,” she said. “Nor is diversity a passing fashion; rather, it is a significant struggle to see if America can fulfill its civil rights promises of inclusivity ? of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Read More | Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee
The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee

Maryland Children’s Literature Festival Building Lifelong Readers

Four featured authors and illustrators ? Scott Campbell, Brian Floca, Deborah Hopkinson, and Matt Phelan ? presented programs to an avid audience, who also attended professional development workshops, purchased autographed books, and participated in a silent auction.

Read More | Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee
Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924 by Deborah Hopkinson 2004 Awardee
Band of Angels: A Story Inspired written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson 2000 Awardee

© 2015 Jane Addams Peace Association

//JavaScript document (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-11588610-1', 'auto'); ga('require', 'displayfeatures'); ga('send', 'pageview');