Nick’s Picks: Teaching books about social justice

This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.

In late April I attended the Jane Addams Book Award announcement at Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the actual location where the crusader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient supported immigrants and advocated for social justice and racial and gender equality.

While attending this ceremony, which recognizes children’s books for their literary excellence and social justice themes, I considered some of what I’ve learned through books:

  • social justice is relevant for everyone
  • so many powerful stories go untold until a brave person writes them
  • books open us to diverse perspectives about the world

This month’s post highlights the Jane Addams Book Award and other distinction lists, along with related multimedia resources that will spark lively and informed discussions about cultures, social justice, and human rights.


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The Jane Addams Book Award recognizes children’s books that “effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, and world community.

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors recognized by the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards, 2008-2010.


AILA

The American Indian Youth Literature Award “honors books that present Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors who have won awards from or been honored by the American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2006-2010.


americas

The Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature recognizes titles that “authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.”

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors who have won the Americas Book Award, 1994-2010.


 

 

APALA

The Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature honor books by or about Asian/Pacific Americans.

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books or authors who have won or been honored by the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, 2004-2010.


 

 

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The Pura Belpré Award honors “Latino/Latina writers and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.”

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors who have won or been honored by the Pura Belpre Awards, 1996-2011.


 

 

BloomerFTF

The Amelia Bloomer Project recognizes “books notable for feminist content, quality of writing, and appeal to young readers.”

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors associated with the Amelia Bloomer Project, 2009.


 

 

CSK

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honors African-American authors and illustrators whose books “promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.”

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors who have won or been honored by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, 1971-present.


 

 

The Sydney Taylor Book Award recognizes “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.”

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors who have won the Sydney Taylor Book Award, 2001-2010.


 

 

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The Carter G. Woodson Book Award honors distinguished social science titles “appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States.”

TeachingBooks.net multimedia resources about the books and authors who have won or been honored by the Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 1974-2010.

Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net

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