Jane Addams Peace Association News

Linda Belle’s tenure with the Jane Addams Peace Association will conclude on November 30, 2015, after thirteen years as Executive Director and six years as board member or President of the board. She has been our public image, the voice on the phone, the signature on the annuity checks, and the one who informed grant recipients that funds would be forthcoming for their peace education projects. We are grateful for Linda’s dedication and service, and wish her all the best as she writes the next chapter in her life.

The dependable practices and procedures for which JAPA has been known will continue. Financial West Group (FWG), with its advisers who specialize in socially and environmentally responsible investing, will continue to give our donors the assurance that their funds are invested only in companies that uphold our mission: “…to perpetuate the spirit of Jane Addams’ love for children and humanity, commitment to freedom and democracy, and devotion to the cause of world peace.”

Be watching our blog and Facebook page for weekly news of present and past recipients of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and how they continue to influence young readers and strengthen peace education.

Tura Campanella Cook, President
Jane Addams Peace Association

PEN American Center’s Newsletter
In the News Feature

Congratulations to Duncan Tonatiuh, Teri Kanefield, Jennifer Elvgren, Fabio Santomauro, John Hendrix, Deborah Wiles, and Margarita Engle, winners of this year’s Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards. Since 1953, the Jane Addams Peace Association has honored outstanding children’s books promoting peace and justice.

Read More | 2015 Awardees
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Girl From the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield
Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren and illustrated by Fabio Santomauro
Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

The Hiroshima Panels Exhibit at Pioneer Works


Fifteen in total, the Hiroshima Panels are monumental, folding wood panels completed by Japanese couple Iri and Toshi Maruki over a span of thirty-two years, from 1950-1982. In a classic byobu format, vacillating between photographic realness and abstraction, the panels complicate, challenge, and deepen common perceptions of the nuclear bombing and its aftermath.

Read More | Hiroshima No Pika by Toshi Maruki 1983 Awardee

Immigration projects bring award-winning author to RLS


As he surveyed the audience with a smile, Jimenez reminded everyone that their mixed heritage and ethnic diversity was an integral part of the nation’s fabric. “What makes us strong,” he said, “is how we come from so many different countries, living and working together. And, you know, the thing that binds all immigrants together is their hope for the future of their children and their children’s children.”

Read More | The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez 1998 Awardee

Poetry and history combine for a very special experience


In “28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World,” Smith features an amazing collection of people. The illustrations of Shane W. Evans accurately depict the physical postures of each person, often bringing attention to hands and arms.

Read More | We March written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans 2013 Awardee

Jacqueline Woodson to Host NBA’s Teen Press Conference


Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the 2014 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, will host the National Book Awards Teen press conference this year. She will be the first National Book Award Winner ever to emcee the event.

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

New Ipswich poet pens picture book about pet


A poem about her adopted three-legged black Labrador Trooper, inspired writer Meg Kearney to pen her first picture book.

Trouper (the Three-Legged Dog), was published by Scholastic in the fall of 2013 and is illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

Read More | Each Kindness illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee
Night Boat to Freedom pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee

Pencil Tips Writing Workshop Strategies from Children’s Authors and Illustrators
RISK AND REWARD Guest Post by Debbie Levy


I didn’t set out to write a “risky book” when I wrote We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, a picture book about how voices upon voices over years upon years built up this famous song like a collage. I do want children to know and to face truths, even uncomfortable ones. I think they are capable. And I think that facing truths is something that goes on, and should go on, in our schools.

Read More | We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song written by Debbie Levy 2014 Awardee

“Can a children’s book save the world?”

Linda Sue Park’s TED talk, this Saturday 2pm EST!
Live stream http://www.tedxbeaconstreet.com/

Read More | A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park 2011 Awardee
When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park 2003 Awardee

Children’s Author and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson to Visit Codman Square, Grove Hall, and Dudley Branches

Launched in September, the Brown Girl Dreaming initiative is aimed at connecting Boston children and teens in grades 5-12 through Woodson’s powerful memoir-in-verse, and encouraging them to dream about their futures and possibilities. The initiative includes discussion groups about Woodson’s book and poetry workshops, culminating with Woodson’s branch visits on Thursday, November 19, where she will talk about Brown Girl Dreaming, take questions, and sign books.

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

The Artist for Emanuel Benefit to Feature Paintings of E.B. Lewis at the Wells Gallery

For the month of November, the Wells Gallery will feature new paintings from famed watercolor artist, E.B. Lewis, in celebration of his new series of work titled I, Human. We will host an Artist Reception on Thursday, November 12th from 5-8pm. The artists will be in attendance, and it is open to the public at no charge.

Read More and Read More Here | Each Kindness illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee
Night Boat to Freedom pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee

Station Theatre’s 2016 season offers some surprises

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson & Stephanie S. Tolan, music by Steve Liebman is a children’s story supported by a lyrical score. It plays from Aug. 19-28. This powerful adaptation focuses the humour, warmth, and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson’s Newberry Award winning novel.

Read More | The Same Stuff as Stars written by Katherine Paterson 2003 Awardee
The Great Gilly Hopkins written by Katherine Paterson 1979 Awardee

Sonia Manzano’s ‘Becoming Maria’ and Margarita Engle’s 'Enchanted Air’

“Enchanted Air” is at its heart a book about travel. Some of it is specific: how we travel between languages, cultures and countries. But because Engle is such a gifted writer, this is a book that generously gives every reader a ticket to ride as she explores what it means to journey toward adulthood, traversing from one side of her family to the other, from the natural world of “tropical jungles, wild green parrots” that “remind me of island skies” to the back of the car on a family road trip when all her family can afford is a long, hot, adventure-seeking drive to Mexico.

Read More | Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee

Cynthia Levinson - Hillary Rodham Clinton

SAT JAN 9 11:30AM
BookPeople is Texas’ largest independent bookstore, located in the heart of downtown Austin. Since 1970, we’ve been proud to provide our community with great books, author events, children’s storytimes, and a comfortable place to enjoy the reading life.

Read More | We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March written by Cynthia Levinson 2013 Awardee

Patricia Polacco

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Patricia Polacco returns to Hicklebee’s with a passle of new books to share. Don’t miss this change to meet a truly dynamic author/illustrator.

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

Kind acts and porcupine facts

…spending time and treasure to better the life of an animal in trouble is very different than just buying a treat. Helping another creature in distress, no matter what species, is an act of compassion… if we aren’t able to see all creatures as equal, perhaps we can at least begin to see all acts of compassion as good.

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

Being Brave: Empowering Children’s Books about Bravery

Ninth Ward By: Jewell Rhodes

Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman By: Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis

The Adventures of Sparrowboy By: Brian Pinkney Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney

Read More | Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2014 Awardee
The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2011 Awardee
Each Kindness illustrated by E.B. Lewis 2013 Awardee
Night Boat to Freedom pictures by E. B. Lewis 2007 Awardee
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney 2010 Awardee

Author Jacqueline Woodson keynotes Kansas English teachers conference (+video)

“I hope as teachers you get told this, how important your work is on the young mind and how it stays with us,” she said. “So much of what I learned from my teachers is the reason I’m here.”

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

One Book author George Ella Lyon: Sing with the voice you have

“If I didn’t write in it every day, I don’t think I’d be as in-touch with what I want to write,” she said. “If you look through, you’ll find leaves from trees I wrote under and pieces of clothes that had to go to the rag bag. That is the texture of your life.”

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

Sibert Award-winning illustrator Susan L. Roth worked with 9-year-old Violetta J. Lamb to illustrate the third-grader’s book, published by StarWalk Kids Media.

The extraordinary thing that happened was the collaboration, one to one, between Violetta and myself as we were sitting together quietly for all those hours in the library. It was a genuine collaboration, and our age difference did not enter into the equation.

Read More | The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth 2012 Awardee

Authors to Share #BooksThatHooked in Twitter Campaign

Authors will share the books that inspired them to become writers on Twitter with the hashtag #BooksThatHooked. Authors including: Daniel Jose Older, Deborah Wiles, and Rita Williams-Garcia are participating.

Read More | Revolution by Deborah Wiles 2015 Awardee

Vera B. Williams, 88, Dies; Brought Working Class to Children’s Books

“Williams delivered a message of social justice to young children in vibrant color. Her books were music to the ear and soul when read aloud. Not only did she win two Caldecott Awards but, no surprise, she also won two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards for Music, Music for Everyone (1984) and for Amber was Brave, Essie was Smart (2001). She made our children more empathetic. We need more authors and illustrators like her, and publishers like Greenwillow Books.”

Tura Campanella Cook, President
Jane Addams Peace Association,
Sponsor of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award


“I love her books! Read them to the children!
Probably still have some.”
Lauren Siegel

Read More | Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams 2002 Awardee
Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams 1985 Awardee

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