Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jane Addams Book Awards Ceremony 10/18/13-NYC

October 18, 2013 •  2:30pm • 777 United Nations Plaza FL 2 (44th & 1st) NYC
Join us for a memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators.  Come meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed.  Please come and enjoy!

The winners are:

Each Kindness, (Juv.W898e)
written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin, is the winner in the Books for Younger Children Category.
 (Small actions, or the lack of them, can be haunting as is the case for Maya and for Chloe in their rural elementary school. This open-ended, profound tale created in free verse and sober watercolors glimpses interactions between Chloe and Maya, the new girl arriving midyear in broken sandals, before the teacher invites students to ponder their kindnesses.)

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, ( Juv.323.11 .L665w)
 written by Cynthia Levinson and published by Peachtree Publishers, is the winner in the Books for Older Children category.
(In 1963, four thousand young African American students, from elementary through high school, voluntarily went to jail in one of the most racially violent cities in America. Focusing on four of these students, this photo essay recounts the riveting events throughout the Children’s March.)

 Two books were named Honor Books in the Books for Younger Children category.

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers, written by Sarah Warren and illustrated by Robert Casilla, published by Marshall Cavendish Children, has been named an Honor Book for Younger Children.
(In California in the 1950s, teacher Dolores Huerta was concerned for her students. Learning the conditions of the migrant families, Dolores became a determined activist who fought for labor rights through her words and actions.)

 We March,
written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a Neal Porter imprint of Macmillan, has been named an Honor Book for Younger Children.
(Simple and powerful illustrations capture the excitement and hope for even the youngest reader of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The colorful crowd of 250,000 demonstrates their strength and unity in marching to Martin Luther King’s historical speech for racial equality.)

Two books were named Honor Books in the Books for Older Children category.

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 and published by National Geographic, is named an Honor Book for Older Children.
(A long sanitation worker strike began in 1968 following the deaths of two sanitation workers on the job sanitation workers in Tennessee. The strike became part of the larger civil rights movement and brought Martin Luther King, Jr. to Nashville to support the workers in their fight for for integration, safety, better pay and union protection.)

 Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World (Juv.925.59 .G753m )
by Sy Montgomery, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, is named an Honor Book for Older Children. 
(This biography with much first person input from Ms. Grandin herself explains how her autistic mind works, how her peers and family perceive her, and her relentless efforts as an activist.)


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