Award of the Week: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people. The award is announced in April each year.
|Winner in the Books for Younger Children category|
|Malala’s Magic Pencil
By: Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, activist and youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, takes her well-known story of equal education for all and brings it to a younger audience.
|Honor Book in the Books for Younger Children category|
|Before She was Harriet
By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
The author takes readers on a journey through time, exploring the many roles Harriet Tubman assumed in her extraordinary life.
|Winner in the Books for Older Children category|
|The Enemy: Detroit 1954
By: Sara E. Holbrook
Set in 1954, the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II, while the threat of communism and the Cold War still looms over the United States.
|Honor Books in the Books for Older Children category|
|Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
By: Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi
When Fred Korematsu, a young Japanese-American man, defied U.S. governmental orders by refusing to report to prison camps during World War II, he and his allies set in motion a landmark civil liberties case. Drawing heavily on the recollections of two of Fred’s children, the book details Korematsu’s upbringing in Oakland, California, his imprisonment for resisting internment, his quest to legally marry his white wife, and his 40-year legal battle.
|Midnight Without a Moon
By: Linda Williams Jackson
Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement
|Piecing Me Together
By: Renee Watson
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school’s amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.