2014 Jane Addams Book Awards

Congrats to Michelle Markel & Melissa Sweet for Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909 (Balzer & Bray/HarperColins, 2013) ,winner of the 2014 Jane Addams Book Award for younger readers!

And congrats to two honor books:

We Shall Overcome: the Story of a Song by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Jump at the Sun, 2013)

and

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Suana Verelst (Kids Can Press, 2013)

For older readers, the award recognized

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown & Company, 2013)

with honors to:

Seeing Red Katherine Erskine (Scholastic, 2013)

and

Brotherhood by A.B. Westrick (Viking/Penguin, 2013)

“Books commended by the Award address themes of topics that engage children in thinking about peace, justice, world community and/or equality of the sexes and all races.  The books also must meet conventional standards of literacy and artistic excellence. ”

Watch the video for background on this worthy award and find the press release here: http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/

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