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Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winners

Description: The Jane Addams Childrens' Book Awards are given annually to those books of exceptional quality which promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races. #award #kids


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Jane Addams Pioneer of Social Justice

by Cornelia Meigs

Jane Addams, the first women to receive the Nobel Peace prize, was a vivid example of the influence that can be achieved through courage, perseverance, personal integrity and respect for others regardless of social status. Not only is this book an interesting historical narrative, but it carefully reminds the reader of unsuitable urban living and working conditions of the past as it traces the development of social attitudes now taken for granted.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1971

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Blue Mystery

by Margot Benary-Isbert

The principal event is the disappearance of a blue gloxinia, [Blue Mystery] a special flower of Dr. Benninger's, and the clearance of Fridolin from suspicion.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1957

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

The Wheel of King Asoka

by Ashok Davar

A brief account of King Asoka and how he ruled over his dynasty making it powerful and symbolized Ashoka Chakra. Throughout centuries the wheel of King Asoka has been there to inspire us to live as did this great king of India - in peace and love.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1978

Category: n/a

Award: Special Commendation

The Cay

by Theodore Taylor

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand–until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.

When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different, and they live differently.”

But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip’s head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.

· A New York Times Best Book of the Year

· A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

· A Horn Book Honor Book

· An American Library Association Notable Book

· A Publishers Weekly Children’s Book to Remember

· A Child Study Association’s Pick of Children’s Books of the Year

· Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

· Commonwealth Club of California: Literature Award

· Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People Award

· Woodward School Annual Book Award

· Friends of the Library Award, University of California at Irvine

· Jane Addams Book Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1970

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Journey of the Sparrows

by Fran Leeper Buss

Maria and her brother and sister, Salvadoran refugees, are smuggled into the United States in crates and try to eke out a living in Chicago with the help of a sympathetic family.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1992

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Ain't Gonna Study War No More

by Milton Meltzer

A history of those who have protested war with emphasis on the United States.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1986

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

People Are Important

by Eva Knox Evans

Explains the origins of communication and languages and how customs and symbols mean different things to different peoples.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1953

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Berries Goodman

by Emily Cheney Neville

The Goodman family move to the suburbs and nine-year-old Berries finds his nearest playmate is a girl, Sandra. She is a year older than Berries, feels superior in many ways, and undertakes to teach him prejudice against Jews.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1966

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

The Endless Steppe

by Esther Hautzig

A young Polish girl, her father, her mother, and her grandmother are taken prisoner by the Russians during World War II, evicted from their home, and shipped in a filthy cattle car to a forced-labor camp in a remote, impoverished Siberian village. For four terrible years, the family struggles for beds, food, clothing, fuel--all the everyday things that one takes for granted. Despite bitter hardships, the family makes a new life with new friends. And they never lose their deep affection and trust in one another. Esther Rudomin Hautzig's account of her childhood in Siberia is a magnificent story of the triumph of the human spirit.

A Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1969

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

The Road from Home

by David Kherdian

An extraordinary biography, this is also a record and reminder of yet another infamous holocaust in our century. Veron Dumehjian was born to a prosperous Armenian family, who lived in the Armenian quarter of the city of Aziziya, Turkey. Her early childhood was idyllic, until 1915, when the Turkish government, after years of persecuting its Christian minorities, decided to rid Turkey of its Armenian population. Veron was deported with her family and survived incredible hardship and suffering until, at the age of 16, she left for America as a "mail-order" bride. Poet-anthologist David Kherdian's story of his mother is a unique and gripping story of courage, survival and hope.

Newbery Medal Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1980

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

The Tamarack Tree

by Betty Underwood and Bea Holmes

In 1833 Bernadette come to Canterbury dreaming of a better education. She found herself in the middle of an uproar over girls of color being admitted to a female seminary in a time when education for white women was hard to come by.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1972

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Hiroshima No Pika

by Toshi Maruki

August 6, 1945, 8:15 a.m.

Hiroshima. Japan

A little girl and her parents are eating breakfast, and then it happened.

HIROSHIMA NO PIKA. This book is dedicated to the fervent hope the Flash will never happen again, anywhere.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1983

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Anthony Burns

by Virginia Hamilton

The true story of a young man struggling for freedom at the dawn of the Civil War Anthony Burns is a runaway slave who has just started to build a life for himself in Boston. Then his former owner comes to town to collect him. Anthony won't go willingly, though, and people across the city step forward to make sure he's not taken.

Based on the true story of a man who stood up against the Fugitive Slave Law, Hamilton's gripping account follows the battle in the streets and in the courts to keep Burns a citizen of Boston--a battle that is the prelude to the nation's bloody Civil War.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1989

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Looking Out

by Victoria Boutis

Though pleased to be part of the "in" crowd at her new school, Ellen's growing awareness of her parents' social concerns, expressed in their support of the condemned Rosenbergs, forces her to make a choice about what really matters in life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1989

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Nobody Wants A Nuclear War

by Judith Vigna

When a mother discovers her small daughter and son have built a shelter to protect themselves from nuclear attact, she explains that grownups all over the world are working hard to make the world safe for children to grow up in.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1987

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

The Little Fishes

by Erik Christian Haugaard

The story of a twelve-year-old Italian boy who, while suffering under German occupation, struggles to protect his spirit and humanity which was his late mother’s only wish.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1968

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

All The Colors Of The Race

by Arnold Adoff and John L. Steptoe

A collection of poems written from the point of view of a child with a black mother and a white father.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1983

Category: n/a

Award: Special Commendation

Meeting with a Stranger

by Duane Bradley

Cantuffa is a thick thorn bush which once covered much of the land of Ethiopia, preventing any progress until it had been cut away. For this reason an emperor about to make a voyage across the country proclaimed, "Cut down the cantuffa in the four quarters of the world, for I know not where I am going."

This story helps to shack away at some of the thorns which still obscure this nation. It describes the young boy Teffera, left in charge of his family's farm and sheep while his father was undergoing an operation. When a ferangi, an American, came to his small village to help teach new methods of caring for the sheep, Teffera had to decide whether he should accept this advice. His people had had substantial reason to mistrust the Westerners, and he was instilled with pride in own traditions, but on the other hand his flocks were dying.

This book has the dual value of illuminating the character of the Ethiopian peasant and of providing an insight into the problems they must face in adapting to progress while maintaining their national spirit.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1965

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

The Short Life Of Sophie Scholl

by Hermann Vinke and Ilse Aichinger

The biography of the twenty-one year-old German student who was put to death for her anti-Nazi activities with the underground group called the White Rose.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1985

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Rain Of Fire

by Marion Dane Bauer

When Steve's older brother Matthew, returning home after service in World War II, refuses to talk about his wartime experiences, Steve's friends begin to doubt the stories he has told of Matthew's heroism.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1984

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Profiles in Courage Young Readers Memorial Edition

by John F. Kennedy

Courage is the virtue that President Kennedy most admired. He sought out those people who had demonstrated in some way, whether it was on a battlefield or a baseball diamond, in a speech or fighting for a cause, that they had courage, that they would stand up, that they could be counted on.

That is why this book so fitted his personality, his beliefs. It is a study of men who, at risk to themselves, their futures, even the well-being of their children, stood fast for principle. It was toward that ideal that he modeled his life. And this in time gave heart to others.

As Andrew Jackson said, "One man with courage makes a majority." That is the effect President Kennedy had on others.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1964

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Stick-in-the-mud

by Jean Ketchum

Tomba was a small boy who lived in a village where all the houses were made of mud. When the rains came every year, all the people sat around in the wet. Tomba had an idea that if the huts were put on sticks, they wouldn't have to be uncomfortable. But the villagers had always lived that way and didn't want to listen to a small boy. But many times a new approach to a problem will solve, and Tomba did.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1954

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

The Princess And The Admiral

by Charlotte Pomerantz and Tony Chen

A small patch of dry Asian land called the Tiny Kingdom serves as the home for a community of poor farmers and fisherfolk. The land, as poor as its people, holds no gold, silver, or other riches. For this reason, no country has ever waged war against the Tiny Kingdom, and the people have lived in peace for 100 years. But when Princess Mat Mat, ruler of the Tiny Kingdom, meets with her advisers to plan a great peace celebration, they bring bad news. A large fleet of warships is sailing toward them and will attack their people in just two days. With no army, no forts, and no arsenal, how can the princess defend her country? Her wisdom testifies that the most heroic action does not win wars, but prevents them. Princess Mat Mat devises a plan that includes, as an unexpected ally, the moon.

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1975

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Queenie Peavy

by Robert Burch

Queenie Peavy is the worst troublemaker at school and the best shot in Georgia — with her father in jail, why shouldn't she be angry? But Queenie wonders what would happen if she tried to behave herself, just for one day...

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1967

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner

Never to Forget

by Milton Meltzer

Six million Jews were killed in Europe between the years 1933 and 1945. What can that number mean to us today? We can that number mean to us today? We are told never to forget the Holocaust, but how can we remember something so incomprehensible?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Year: 1977

Category: n/a

Award: Medal Winner


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