Jane Addams Peace Association News

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.

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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

Disney-Hyperion Releases New Paperback Edition of Award-Winning The Year of Goodbyes

Disney-Hyperion Books has just released the paperback edition of The Year of Goodbyes, Debbie Levy’s award-winning book that tells the story of her mother’s last year living as a girl in Nazi Germany in 1938.

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

Children’s book illustrator speaking at library

An award-winning children’s book illustrator will speak May 7 at the Broome County Public Library.
E.B. Lewis, who has illustrated 65 children’s books and won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a 2005 Caldecott Honor, will talk about his life and work at 6:30 p.m.

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

Name selected for new Santa Maria elementary school

The name of the school will be Jimenez Elementary named after Francisco and Robert Jiminez.
Francisco Jimenez is an acclaimed writer and author of best-selling books, including The Circuit, Breaking Through, and Reaching Out about his family’s personal struggles as Mexican immigrants working in the fields in California.

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

5th Avenue Adventure Musical Theater Touring Co. visits area schools

The cast performed the original musical based on Ken Mochizuki’s novel of the same name about Japanese Americans during WWII.

Read More | Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story written by Ken Mochizuki 1998 Awardee

Musuem explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

“This is out of the box for the museum,” said Julia Gorzka Freeman, director of development. “We always offer discussions about the art, but this is new for us to have the subject of a painting come talk about the story behind the art.”

Read More | Through My Eyes written by Ruby Bridges 2000 Awardee

AWP 2015 with Children’s Publishers and Authors: A Photo Essay

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs held its annual conference from April 9-11, and effectively took over the city of Minneapolis for four days. Approximately 12,000 writers and industry professionals attended 550 panels and checked out the AWP book fair inside the convention center, where 700 exhibitors displayed their wares.
On the morning of the first day of the conference, the Plot IS Character, Character IS Plot panel drew 250 people to the convention center. The panelists included (from l.) children’s authors Nova Ren Suma, Varian Johnson, William Konigsberg, and Jewell Parker Rhodes.

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

NYT best-selling author visits Appleton schools

The inspiration for author Linda Sue Park’s books varies - something she reads, a movie she watches or a contribution from her family.
In “A Long Walk to Water,” Park was inspired by a story told by her husband, journalist Ben Dobbin, about Salva Dut, a Lost Boy of the Sudan who came to the U.S. after he was displaced by civil war.

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

Acclaimed author Louise Erdrich creates interactive exhibit

Internationally-acclaimed author Louise Erdrich has long wanted to have a reading where she doesn’t have to be present. The show, “Asynchronous Reading,” features several telephones placed throughout the gallery, each offering a different message. As one woman picked up a vintage telephone and listened intently, Erdrich couldn’t help but smile.

Read More | The Birchbark House written by Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee

Authors speak to Albany’s Giffen Elementary students

Today, the award-winning author - best known for her novel “Bridge to Terabithia,” which was later made into a movie - wants children to find that same love of reading in their own lives, no matter what their challenges or backgrounds.

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

Announcement Event
2015 JAPA Award Winners
Saturday, May 2, 2015

You are invited to an event announcing the winners of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards to begin at 11:00am-12:00pm on May 2, 2015 at the Cedarville Historical Society, Cedarville, IL (birthplace and final resting place of Jane Addams).

The program will include a brief discussion of the relationship between Montessori and Addams, an announcement of the awards, a brief presentation by last living pallbearer of Jane Addams, and refreshments. Afterwards people may explore the museum’s exhibits and visit Addams? grave site.

Cedarville is just outside Freeport, north of Hwy 20 on Hwy 26,
about a 35 minute drive from Rockford

Invited guests: members of WILPF and JACBA participants from Rockford, Madison and Chicago; Northern Illinois Community Foundation (thanks to the Foundation for giving us a grant to purchase books); the press; students who participated in the JACBA Reading Club and their families; the public.

JACBA Reading Club teachers will be invited to make a statement about their participation, connections to Montessori and our philosophy.

Students who participated in the Reading Club will present the winning titles as they unveil enlarged posters of the book covers. Students will give a brief overview of the winning book and the two honor books in each category, and comment on their opinion of the book and how it fits the criteria for the award. Younger students (pre-primary and primary) who wish to do so will help unveil the winning picture books and give a simple statement about the books.

Please also check out the video announcement of the 2015 winners at janeaddamspeace.org. The video will be available starting April 28.

© 2015 Jane Addams Peace Association

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