2011 Jane Addams Children's Book Awards

Since 1953, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award honors books published in the U.S. during the previous year 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 literary and artistic excellence.

Congratulations to the 58th Jane Addams Children's Book Awardees: Linda Glaser, Claire A. Nivola, Linda Sue Park, Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Gwen Strauss, Floyd Cooper, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Larry Dane Brimner.

Winner of Books for Younger Children
Emmas Poem
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
by Linda Glaser with paintings by Claire A. Nivola
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Emma Lazarus wrote a sonnet in 1883 that became one of our nation’s most familiar sonnets and one that accompanied the Statue of Liberty as well. Emma also helped to shape the heart of the nation in her urgent message to declare the statue as a welcome to all immigrants.
Winner of Books for
Older Children
A Long Walk to Water
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park
Clarion Books | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This dual narrative features young Nya and young Salva in Sudan. Nya walks eight hours every day so her family has water. Salva is in school when shots are fired and he flees into the bush to begin his every day walking. How does their future impact the future of war-torn Sudan?

Honors for Books for Younger Children
Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss
illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Carolrhoda Books | Lerner

In the 1950s, young Ruth and her parents travel south in their new car when she discovers her African American family is not always welcome along the way. An Esso attendant shows the family a Green Book as a way to safety in the Jim Crow era, enabling Ruth to relish the kindness of strangers.
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Hachette

Four young black men stood up for civil rights in 1960 by sitting down at a Woolworth lunch counter with the sign WHITES ONLY and came up with the perfect recipe for a peaceful protest.

Honors for Books for
Older Children
The Ninth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Hachette

Twelve-year-old Lanesha has only Mama Ya-Ya, and that’s just fine by her. Mama Ya-Ya’s visions of the arrival of hurricane Katrina busy the two in preparation, but Lanesha can’t imagine what she’s being prepared for.

Birmingham Sunday
by Larry Dane Brimner
Calkins Creek | Boyds Mills Press

In Alabama in the 1960s frequent racial bombings had been terrifying but not yet deadly before September 15, 1963, when six children lost their lives in the attack. Larry Dane Brimner highlights FBI files, police records, and multiple additional primary sources to tell the story of the church bombing on Birmingham Sunday, placing it in the historical context of the Civil Rights movement.