The Jane Addams Award Winning Children's Books Committee of WILPF's Des Moines Branch has continued its work. Our six enthusiastic members met several times to brain storm ways of presenting the beautiful 2014 selections. We also developed a new book plate so that those we give the books to will have our contact info and know how to find out more about the Award Winning Books.
Sandra Jennings presented the popular selection for younger children "We Shall Overcome", to Wright Elementary in Des Moines and to a Montessori school in Norwalk.
Jan Burns enjoyed reading and discussing the challenging book, "Seeing Red" with a small group of 7th and 8th graders over a period of several weeks at Orchard Place, a Des Moines Public Residential school for troubled youth.
Vonnie Salem introduced "Sugar" and "Razia's Ray of Hope" to Des Moines' Samuelson Elementary Library the day after MLK Day. Both books were well received and appreciated.
Doris Covalt presented "Seeing Red" and the challenging civil rights book "Brotherhood" to the Forest Ave Library where she has volunteered for many years and where she feels a special connection.
Jan Corderman and Evelyn Glazebrook presented "We Shall Overcome" to a group of young children at St. Anthony's Catholic Academy where they were well-received newcomers. Jan introduced WILPF and talked about Jane Addams. The book was sung and read. Afterwards the children drew pictures illustrating their thoughts about the book and then shared their thoughts with the entire group. After the visit, we learned that everyone was part of a booklet the teachers assembled showcasing the drawings. The booklet was shared with the rest of the school.
Jan and Evelyn also presented "We Shall Overcome" to a group from the after school program at Children's and Family's Urban Movement (CFUM) in Trinity United Methodist Church, Des Moines. The book was gratefully accepted for their sparse library.
Miss Jan and Miss Evy's last stop with this book was the second grade class at the Bergman Academy. The children enjoyed the book and expressed their thoughts in the pictures they drew and then shared with the rest of the class. After the visit, the children wrote wonderful thank-you notes. Among them was a Alex's note: "Thank you for coming. I loved the part where they fought for their rights. "We Shall Overcome" is a great book."
Evelyn presented "Razia's Ray of Hope" (setting – Afghanistan) to the CFUM group on another date. The students were interested in learning a few common Farsi words which were listed on a chart with the English definition. One shy student from the Middle East proudly helped everyone learn how to pronounce them. The students then drew pictures of the story, which were then mounted on the class bulletin board.
The recipients of these donated books continue to be amazed at their quality and their ability to achieve the goal "to engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races" since 1953.
Make Books Not War: Jane Addams Children's Book Awards Video
This video was recorded at the Channel 17 open access TV studio in Burlington, Vermont. There is no copyright on the video and it can be played anywhere by people who want to find out about the peace education work of the Jane Addams Peace Association. We focus on this year's 2013 Jane Addams Children's Book Award books in the context of Jane Addams' legacy and the birth of the peace education mission at Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. Hull House is the cradle of social democracy in America. Peace education is an ideal we hold in our own arms to nourish and grow. We do this with love and commitment to Jane Addams as our wise foremother and to the many strong women who follow with us in her footsteps.
The Bloomington Branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom presented the 2013 Jane Addams Book Awards to Mrs. Ness' third-grade class at Fairview School on May 27, 2014.
Pictured left to right: Mrs. Tyler Ness, Jaxon Harris, Abby Williams, Oryn Smith, Hannah Maners, Marian Shaaban, Delilah Woodworth, Tomi Allison, and Elizabeth "Starr" Harris.
Meeting the Common Core with a Peace and Justice Curriculum in a 4/5 Wisconsin Multi-age Classroom Community Poster PDF
Opening Global Horizons for Students through Collaboration with the Jane Addams Peace Association : NYC's Walt Whitman Middle School vimeo.com/75733575
Walt Whitman's Middle School Students Portray the Message of the Jane Addams Award Winning Book, The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families. Word
Walt Whitman Student Application to Attend the Jane Addams Awards across from the United Nations. Word
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