The Jane Addams Children's Book Award: Honoring Children's Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953 (Hardback)
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The Jane Addams Children's Book Award: Honoring Children's Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953 (Hardback)

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Hardback 182 Pages / Published: 05/09/2013
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This volume looks at the life of activist Jane Addams and examines the books that have received an award bestowed in her name. An advocate for reforms in child labor, sanitation, and other issues, Addams and her accomplishments serve as a focal point of this study, which looks at how social justice has been represented in children's literature over the last seven decades.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810892026
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 234 x 163 x 18 mm


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Griffith's book is far more than an annotated bibliography of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award winners and honor books; she provides discussions of the complex Addams and her representation in biographies; the controversial granting of the award to Theodore Taylor for The Cay and the issues this title raised in evaluating books as promoters of racial harmony and understanding; and reviews of some noteworthy biographies of Addams. Part 2 begins with a history of the work of the Book Award committee, and then lists the Award winner and honor books in reverse chronological order. Each entry includes a bibliographic citation and a one-paragraph synopsis. Appendixes include a list of winners by three broad themes and 26 subjects; the 1957 and 1994 guidelines; and a timeline of events in the life of Jane Addams and her publications. General, author/illustrator, and title indexes complete the volume. Given the wealth of information provided, the insightful discussion of issues, and the importance of this award, it is highly recommended for all school, public, and academic libraries that support children's literature collections. * American Reference Books Annual *
Griffith's book provides a well-researched and well-written contribution to Addams scholarship. . . .[T]he main value of the book is as an excellent selection tool for librarians and educators to find books that inspire children to think about issues of peace and social justice. . . .The extensive number of sources Griffith provides in each chapter also makes this a good place to start for researchers interested in Addams scholarship. Of course, anyone else interested in Addams, the award, or children's literature in general would also find it a quick and informative read. * Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature *
The Jane Addams Children's Book Award: Honoring Children's Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953 . . . offers a comprehensive look at the award's entire history. Along with a complete annotated chronological list of winners and honor books, Griffith includes essays about Addams herself; an analysis of juvenile biographies of her; a version of the piece on Taylor referenced above; and a perceptive analysis of the award's guidelines. * The Horn Book Magazine *

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