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Jane Addams Peace Award for Younger Readers
Best books that promote peace, social justice, world community and equality of races and sexes.
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  Cover Art: Each Kindness 2013
Woodson, Jacqueline
Each Kindness
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
Easy Picture Book
  Cover Art: The Mangrove Tree : Planting Trees to Feed Families 2012
Roth, Susan L.
The Mangrove Tree : Planting Trees to Feed Families
A cumulative verse, alternating with additional narrative, describes the ecological and social transformation resulting from the work of Dr. Gordon Sato, a Japanese American cell biologist who made saltwater and desert land productive through the planting of mangrove trees in the tiny African country of Eritrea.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Emma's Poem : the Voice of the Statue of Liberty 2011
Glaser, Linda
Emma's Poem : the Voice of the Statue of Liberty
The story of Emma Lazarus, who, despite her life of privilege, became a tireless advocate for the immigrants who arrived in New York City in the 1880s and wrote a famous poem for the Statue of Liberty.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Nasreen's Secret School : A True Story from Afghanistan 2010
Winter, Jeanette.
Nasreen's Secret School : A True Story from Afghanistan
Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Planting the Trees of Kenya : The Story of Wangari Maathai 2009
Nivola, Claire A.
Planting the Trees of Kenya : The Story of Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai is the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement. She grew up in Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and people tended bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people? This is the remarkable story of one woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Escape of Oney Judge 2008
McCully, Emily Arnold
The Escape of Oney Judge
Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Place Where Sunflowers Grow 2007
Lee-Tai, Amy
A Place Where Sunflowers Grow
While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during World War II, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend, plants sunflowers and waits for them to grow.
World Language Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights 2006
Haskins, James
Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights
A mail carrier in 1961 organized the Great Savannah Boycott. He played a big part in bringing equality to his Georgia community.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Sélavi That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope 2005
Youme Landowne
Sélavi That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope
A homeless boy on the streets of Haiti joins other street children, and together they build a home and a radio station where they can care for themselves and for other homeless children.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez 2004
Krull, Kathleen
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam 2003
Myers, Walter Dean
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
A frightened American soldier faces combat in the lush forests of Vietnam.
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. 2002
Rappaport, Doreen
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Composition 2001
Skarmeta, Antonio
The Composition
Students in nine-year-old Pedro's class are asked by representatives of a military dictatorship to write compositions about what they and their families do after school and in the evening.
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Molly Bannaky 2000
McGill, Alice
Molly Bannaky
Relates how Benjamin Banneker's grandmother journeyed from England to Maryland in the late seventeenth century, worked as an indentured servant, began a farm of her own, and married a freed slave.
Easy Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Painted Words, Spoken Memories 1999
Aliki
Painted Words, Spoken Memories
Two separate stories in one book, the first telling of Mari's starting school in a new land, and the second describing village life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life.
Easy Picture Book
  Cover Art: Seven Brave Women 1998
Hearne, Betsy
Seven Brave Women
A young girl recounts the brave exploits of her female ancestors, including her great-great-great grandmother who came to America in a wooden sailboat.
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman 1997
Krull, Kathleen
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
A biography of the Afro-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Sitti's Secrets 1995
Nye, Naomi Shihab
Sitti's Secrets
A young girl describes a visit to see her grandmother in a Palestinian village on the West Bank.
Easy Picture Book
  Cover Art: This Land Is My Land 1994
Littlechild, George
This Land Is My Land
Using text and his own paintings, the author describes the experiences of Indians of North America in general as well as his experiences growing up as a Plains Cree Indian in Canada.
Children's Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky 1993
Ringgold, Faith
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.
Easy Picture Book
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