Jane Addams Peace Association News

Bestselling children’s author Pinkney to speak in Hill District

"There’s this belief that we only read to and with little children," she says. "Stories are meant to be shared no matter how old you are."

Pinkney will be talking to participants about how writers create books, and how literacy and reading enhance people’s lives. Kaufmann Center and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures are co-presenting the event.

Read More | Andrea Davis Pinkney 2011, 2010 Awardee


Artist Kadir Nelson’s works is a window into history

Kadir Nelson’s paintings are not just art, but an education. And the folks at the Arts Council deserve praise for making an exhibit of works from his award-winning books a “must-do” for African-American History Month.

“Words and Pictures: Illustrated Works by Kadir Nelson” runs through Feb. 28 at the gallery on Hay Street downtown.

Adrienne Trego, the council’s education and grants manager, spent weeks preparing the guide. By the exhibit’s end the council expects to reach 1,000 schoolchildren.

Read More | Kadir Nelson 2012, 2003 Awardee


National African American Read-In: E.B. Lewis
Meet Authors & Illustrators [VIDEO]

Reading Rockets Interview
“Living the life of an artist, as an artistrator…it’s this concentrated, kind of directed force and energy, just focused on the creation of a piece, of taking a blank piece of paper and putting something on it that you can touch somebody with.”

Read More | E.B. Lewis 2007 Awardee


"You might as well answer the door, my child,
the truth is furiously knocking.”
? Lucille Clifton (died February 13, 2010)

Lucille Clifton 1978 Special Recognition


Author Linda Sue Park to discuss book via Skype Tuesday in Lafayette

New York Times best-selling author Linda Sue Park will appear Tuesday at the South Regional Library via Skype to discuss her book, A Long Walk to Water ? the selection for the first Lafayette Reads Together campaign.

Read More | Linda Sue Park 2011, 2003 Awardee


Washington: IAIS features works by Jeanne Rorex Bridges

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"The Sisters Series" by Jeanne Rorex Bridges, Cherokee descent, is on display at the Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington, in February and March.

Read More | Jeanne Rorex Bridges 2007 Awardee


Erdrich, LaDuke, Ensler unite in support of American Indian women

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These are issues close to the hearts of author Louise Erdrich and activist Winona LaDuke, two of the best-known Indian names in Minnesota. Next Tuesday, they will join playwright Eve Ensler at an Honor the Earth benefit.

Read More | Louise Erdrich 2000 Awardee


Tiptoeing Along A Balance Beam: Writing And Illustrating A Children’s Book

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…there was one theme that connected all the books he illustrates, “and it’s emotion.”
“I don’t think about the author at all. They had their opportunity to play in their sandbox, and now this is my turn to play.”

Read More | E.B. Lewis 2013, 2007 Awardee


Bryan Collier unveils black history month exhibit at UMES

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Bryan Collier, an award-winning illustrator and writer, is showing his style of watercolor and collage at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Mosely Gallery. The exhibit includes the children’s books he has illustrated, along with artwork honoring African-American history.

Read More | Bryan Collier 2002 Awardee


A blizzard of stories in the forecast for Tuesday in Homewood

Tingle will conduct writing and storytelling workshops at the school’s storytelling festival Wednesday, and will perform at storytelling assemblies there and at Millennium School Thursday. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900’s. Tingle began collecting tribal stories in the early 1990s.

Read More | Tim Tingle 2007 Awardee

The best adventure stories for kids from 1965

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The 60s wasn’t just hippies and Woodstock. It was also the Golden Age of children’s literature. … Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH… these all appeared in the Sixties.

Read More | Robert C. O’Brien 1976 Awardee


Educating the Educators: 4 Choice Books to Fill Juneau?s Curriculum Gap

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"Where are the stories about Native peoples of the present day? With that in mind, I offer the following suggestions, all of which are appropriate for children in fourth grade." Instead of Continuing On, read Tim Tingle’s How I Became A Ghost. Tingle is Choctaw. Because his ancestors were on the Trail of Tears, his story of the Trail of Tears rings with authenticity and details that are not found in Continuing On. (The RoadRunner Press, 2013)

Read More | Tim Tingle 2007 Awardee

"Trouble in Mind" Is a Hilarious Drama About Racial Tensions During Rehearsals for a Broadway Play

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Trouble in Mind, Charleston, SC-born African-American playwright Alice Childress' hilarious 1955 backstage drama about racial tensions during rehearsals for a Broadway play.

Read More | Alice Childress 1974 Awardee


'Mockingbird' debuts at the Kennedy Center

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The current performance for young audiences featured at the Kennedy Center, “Mockingbird,” deals with two of the most delicate issues in today’s society with such sensitivity, depth and even humor, that its insights and life lessons will remain long after the curtain closes.The play, based on Kathryn Erskine’s award-winning novel, portrays a first-person account of daily challenges of an 11-year-old girl, Caitlin, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

Read More | Kathryn Erskine 2014 Awardee


CEDARS Features Texts by Ten Native American Writers at La MaMa

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Through the poetic voices of contemporary Native American writers, the play gives a 21st century face to the struggles of indigenous people, depicting their adaptation into modern-day society and celebrating Native American culture and enduring spirit. Participating writers include… Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki).

Read More | Joseph Bruchac 1999 Awardee


Peninsula Fine Arts Center offers revealing showcase for African-American art

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Faith Ringgold’s 1991 print “The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles” is on view at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in “Looking Both Ways.”

Read More | Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee


70 years after WWII / ‘Hiroshima Panels’ to be exhibited in Washington

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"The Hiroshima Panels," a series of large paintings made jointly by a Japanese married couple, the late Iri and Toshi Maruki, will be shown in Washington for the first time.

Read More | Toshi Maruki 1983 Awardee


Walter Dean Myers: ‘Once I Began To Read, I Began To Exist’

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An excerpt from Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible, a book tied to the publisher’s reading initiative aimed to donate books and raise literacy levels. This essay, “I Am What I Read,” is by the late Walter Dean Myers.

Read More | Walter Dean Myers 2003 Awardee


A lasting impression

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Area students got the chance to hear Ruby's story Through My Eyes from her own lips, when approximately 500 Coulee Region kindergarteners through sixth graders visited La Crescent's Crucifixion School on Jan. 20. Ruby's visit was part of the focus of the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Read More | Ruby Bridges 2000 Awardee


Pets, especially cats, are good for the heart
by Sy Montgomery

A large and lengthy study published in 2009 in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology was unusual in that it focused specifically on the effect of cat ownership on heart attack and stroke victims. The study followed 14,404 people for 20 years, and found that both past and current cat owners were significantly more likely to survive a heart attack than those who never owned cats.

Read More | Sy Montgomery 2013 Awardee

Poem on Reigelman’s MLK Experience by George Ella Lyon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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