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Instructional Media Center: Jane Addams Peace Association Award


The Jane Addams Children's Book Award annually recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.

  The Jane Addams Children's Book Award has been presented annually since 1953. Beginning in 1993, a Younger Reader Category was created. Initially called The Picture Book Category, it was renamed Books for Younger Children beginning in 2005.

Books for Younger Children

2016 (64th) New shoes -- Meyer F M5768n

2015 (63rd) Separate but never equal: Sylvia Mendez and her family's fight for desegregation -- Tonatiuh 379.26 T61s

2014 (62nd) Brave girl: Clara and the shirtwaist makers' strike of 1909 -- Markel 331.892 M341b

2013 (61st) Each kindness -- Woodson E W868e

2012 (60th) The mangrove tree: planting trees to feed families -- Roth 577.69 R742m

2011 (59th) Emma's poem: the voice of the Statue of Liberty -- Glaser 808.1 G462e

2010 (58th) Nasreen's secret school: a true story from Afghanistan -- Winter

2009 (57th) Planting the trees of Kenya: the story of Wangari Maathai -- Nivola

2008 (56th) The escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington's slave finds freedom -- McCully

2007 (55th) A place where sunflowers grow -- Lee-Tai E L518p

2006 (54th) Delivering justice: W. W. Law and the fight for civil rights -- Haskins

2005 (53rd)  Sélavi, that is life: a Haitian story of hope -- Landowne

2004 (52nd) Harvesting hope: the story of Cesar Chavez -- Krull CHAVEZ B C398K

2003 (51st) Patrol: an American soldier in Vietnam -- Myers F M992p

2002 (50th) Martin's big words: the life of Dr. Martin Luther King F W8333t

2001 (49th) The composition -- Skármeta

2000 (48th) Molly Bannaky -- McGill

1999 (47th) Painted words / spoken memories: Marianthe's story -- Aliki

1998 (46th) Seven brave women -- Hearne E H35s

1997 (45th) Wilma unlimited -- Krull RUDOLPH B R835K

1996 (44th) No Award Given

Special Commendation: The middle passage: white ships/black cargo -- Feelings 759.13 F321m

1995 (43rd) Sitti's secrets -- Nye E N984s

1994 (42nd) This land is my land -- Littlechild 971.004 L722t

1993 (41st) Aunt Harriet's underground railroad in the sky -- Ringgold E R473a2

Honor Books for Younger Children

2016 (64th) The book itch: freedom, truth & Harlem's greatest bookstore -- Nelson F N338b

Lillian's right to vote: a celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- Winter E W734l

Mama's nightingale: a story of immigration and separation -- Danticat E D236m

2015 (63rd) Shooting at the stars: the Christmas truce of 1914 -- Hendrix

Whispering town -- Elvgren

2014 (62nd) Razia's ray of hope: one girl's dream of an education -- Suneby

We shall overcome: the story of a song -- Levy 782.42162 L579w

2013 (61st) Dolores Huerta: a hero to migrant workers -- Warren

We march -- Evans

2012 (60th) Belle, the last mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story

Peaceful pieces: poems and quilts about peace -- Hines

2011 (59th) Ruth and the green book -- Ramsey

Sit-in: how four friends stood up by sitting down -- Pinkney 323.1196 P656s

2010 (58th) Sojourner Truth's step-stomp stride -- Pinkney TRUTH B  T777P

You and me and home sweet home -- Lyon

2009 (57th) Silent music: a story of Baghdad -- Rumford

The storyteller's candle = La velita de los cuentos - González 808.1 En35s

2008 (56th) One thousand tracings: healing the wounds of World War II -- Judge

2007 (55th) Crossing Bok Chitto: a Choctaw tale of friendship & freedom -- Tingle

Night boat to freedom -- Raven

2006 (54th) Poems to dream together = Poemas para soñar juntos -- Alarcón

2005 (53rd) Henry and the kite dragon -- Hall

Hot day on Abbott Avenue -- English

Sequoyah: the Cherokee man who gave his people writing -- Rumford

2004 (52nd) Girl wonder: a baseball story in nine innings -- Hopkinson

Luba: the angel of Bergen-Belsen -- Trysynska-Frederick TRYSYNSKA-FREDERICK B T781M

2003 (51st) ¡Si, Se Puede! Yes we Can! Janitor Strike in L.A. -- Cohn

The village that vanished -- Grifalconi

2002 (50th) Amber was brave, Essie was smart -- Williams

2001 (49th) The yellow star: the legend of King Christian X of Denmark -- Deedy

2000 (48th) A band of angels: a story inspired by the Jubilee Singers -- Hopkinson

When Sophie gets angry -- really, really angry -- Bang E B224w

1999 (47th) Hey, Little Ant -- Hoose

I see the rhythm -- Igus 780.89 Ig8i

This land is your land -- Guthrie 782.42162 G984t

1998 (46th) Celebrating families -- Hausherr

Passage to freedom: the Sugihara story -- Mochizuki SUGIHARA B Su35M

1997 (45th) The day Gogo went to vote -- Sisulu

1996 (44th) No Award Given

1995 (43rd) Bein' with you this way -- Nikola-Lisa 808.1 N588b

1994 (42nd) Souls looks back in wonder -- Feelings 808.1 So83s

1993 (41st) Mrs. Katz and Tush -- Polacco

Books for Older Children

2016 (64th) Turning 15 on the road to freedom: my story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March -- Lowery  323.1196 L953t

2015 (63rd) The girl from the tar paper school: Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the civil rights movement -- Kanefield JOHNS B J62K

2014 (62nd) Sugar -- Rhodes

2013 (61st) We've got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March -- Levinson 323.11 L578W

2012 (60th) Sylvia & Aki -- Conkling

2011 (59th) A long walk to water: based on a true story -- Park F P20l

2010 (58th) Marching for freedom: walk together, children, and don't you grow weary -- Partridge

2009 (57th) The surrender tree: poems of Cuba's struggle for freedom -- Engle 808.1  En35s

2008 (56th) We are one: the story of Bayard Rustin -- Brimner

2007 (55th) Weedflower -- Kadohata

2006 (54th) Let me play: the story of Title IX, the law that changed the future of girls in America -- Blumenthal

2005 (53rd) With courage and cloth: winning the fight for a woman's right to vote -- Bausum

2004 (52nd) Out of bounds: seven stories of conflict and hope -- Naidoo F N143ou

2003 (51st) Parvana's journey -- Ellis

2002 (50th) The other side of truth -- Naidoo

2001 (49th) Esperanza rising -- Ryan F R957e

2000 (48th) Through my eyes -- Bridges BRIDGES B B764B

1999 (47th) Bat 6 -- Wolff

1998 (46th) Habibi -- Nye 

1997 (45th) Growing up in coal county -- Bartoletti

1996 (44th) The well: David's story -- Taylor F T2165w

1995 (43rd) Kids at work: Lewis Hine and the crusade against child labor -- Freedman HINE B H588F

1994 (42nd) Freedom's children: young civil rights activists tell their stories -- Levine 323.4 L5767f

1993 (41st) A taste of salt: a story of modern Haiti -- Temple

1992 (40th) Journey of the sparrows -- Buss

1991 (39th) The big book for peace -- Durell

1990 (38th) A long hard journey: the story of the pullman porter -- McKissack 331.88 M217l

1989 (37th) Anthony Burns: the defeat and triumph of a fugitive slave -- Hamilton BURNS B B938H

Looking out -- Boutis

1988 (36th) Waiting for the rain: a novel of South Africa -- Gordon F G658w

1987 (35th) Nobody wants a nuclear war -- Vigna

1986 (34th) Ain't gonna study war no more: the story of America's peace seekers -- Meltzer

1985 (33rd) The short life of Sophie Scholl -- Vinke SCHOLL B SCH64V

1984 (32nd) Rain of fire -- Bauer F B3255r

1983 (31st) Hiroshima no pika -- Maruki E M368h

1982 (30th) A spirit to ride the whirlwind -- Lord

1981 (29th) First woman in Congress: Jeannette Rankin -- White

1980 (28th) The road from home: the story of an Armenian girl -- Kherdian KHERDIAN B K528K

1979 (27th) Many smokes, many moons: a chronology of American Indian history through Indian art -- Highwater

1978 (26th) Child of the owl -- Yep F Y43C

1977 (25th) Never to forget: the Jews of the Holocaust -- Meltzer

1976 (24th) Paul Robeson -- Greenfield

1975 (23rd) The princess and the admiral -- Pomerantz

1974 (22nd) Nilda -- Mohr

1973 (21st) The riddle of racism -- Hirsch

1972 (20th) The Tamarack tree -- Underwood F Un2t

1971 (19th) Jane Addams: pioneer of social justice -- Meigs

1970 (18th) The Cay -- Taylor F T2182c

1969 (17th) The endless steppe: growing up in Siberia -- Hautzig HAUTZIG B H298e

1968 (16th) The little fishes -- Haugaard F H293l

1967 (15th) Queenie Peavy -- Burch F B892q

1966 (14th) Berries Goodman -- Neville

1965 (13th) Meeting with a stranger -- Bradley

1964 (12th) Profiles in courage: young readers memorial edition -- Kennedy 973 K383p

1963 (11th) The monkey and the wild, wild wind -- Johnson

1962 (10th) The road to agra -- Sommerfelt  F So55r

1961 (9th) What then, Raman? Arora

1960 (8th) Champions of peace -- Meyer

1959 (7th) No Award Given

1958 (6th) The perilous road -- Steele F St32p

1957 (5th) Blue mystery -- Benary-Isbert

1956 (4th) Story of the Negro -- Bontemps 325.26 B644s

1955 (3rd) Rainbow round the world -- Yates

1954 (2nd) Stick-in-the-mud -- Ketchum

1953 (1st) People are important -- Evans

Honor Books for Older Children

2016 (64th) Full Cicada moon -- Hilton F H566f

2015 (63rd) Revolution -- Wiles -- F W647r

Silver people: voices from the Panama Canal -- Engle

2014 (62nd) Brotherhood -- Westrick

Seeing red -- Erskine

2013 (61st) Marching to the mountaintop: how poverty, labor fights and civil rights set the stage for Martin Luther King Jr's final hours -- Bausum 323.092 B329m

Temple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world -- Montgomery GRANDIN B G764m

2012 (60th) Heart and soul: the story of America and African Americans --  Nelson 973.04 N334h

Inside out & back again -- Lai F L14i

2011 (59th) Birmingham Sunday -- Brimner 323.1196 B77b

The ninth ward -- Rhodes

2010 (58th) Almost astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream -- Stone 629.45 St72a

Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice -- Hoose COLVIN B 725H

2009 (57th) Ain't nothing but a man: my quest to find the real John Henry

The shepherd's granddaughter -- Carter

2008 (56th) Birmingham, 1963 -- Weatherford

Elijah of Buxton -- Curtis F C941e

Rickshaw girl -- Perkins

2007 (55th) Counting on Grace -- Winthrop

Freedom walkers -- Freedman 323.1 F875f

2006 (54th) The crazy man -- Porter

Sweetgrass basket -- Carvell

2005 (53rd) The heaven shop -- Ellis

2004 (52nd) Getting away with murder: the true story of Emmett Till Case -- Crowe

Shutting out the Sky: life in the tenements of New York 1880-1924 -- Hoptinson 323 H777s

Special Commendation: The Breadwinner Trilogy (The breadwinner, Parvana's Journey, and Mud city) -- Ellis

2003 (51st) The same stuff as stars -- Paterson

When my name was Keoko -- Park

2002 (50th) A group of one -- Gilmore

True believer -- Wolff F W833t

2001 (49th) The color of my words -- Joseph F J774c

Darkness over Denmark: the Danish resistance and the rescue of the Jews -- Levine

Walking to the bus-rider blues -- Robinet

2000 (48th) The birchbark house

Kids on strike! -- Bartoletti

1999 (47th) The heart of a chief -- Bruchac

No more stragers now: young voices from a new South Africa -- McKee 968 M194n

Restless spirit: the life and work of Dorothea Lange LANGE B L26P

1998 (46th) The circuit: stories from the life of a migrant child -- Jimenez

1997 (45th) Behind the bedroom wall -- Williams

Second daughter: the story of a slave girl -- Walter

1996 (44th) From the notebooks of Melanin Sun -- Woodson

On the wings of peace -- Hamanaka 808 H172o

The Watsons go to Birmingham -- 1963 -- Curtis F C941w

1995 (43rd) Cezanne Pinto -- Stolz

I hadn't meant to tell you this -- Woodson

1994 (42nd) Eleanor Roosevelt: a life discovery -- Freedom 323.4 L5767f

1993 (41st) Letters from a slave girl: the story of Harriet Jacobs

1992 (40th) Now is your time! The African-American struggle for freedom -- Myers 973 M992n

1991 (39th) The journey: Japanese-Americans, racism and renewal -- Hamanaka 325.52 H171j

The middle of somewhere: a story of South Africa -- Gordon

1990 (38th) Number the stars -- Lowry F L955n

Shades of gray -- Reeder

The Wednesday surprise -- Bunting

1989 (37th) December stillness -- Hahn F H1245de

The most beautiful place in the world -- Cameron

Rescue: the story of how Gentiles saved Jews in the Holocaust -- Meltzer 940.33 M496r

1988 (36th) Nicolas, where have you been? -- Lionni E L661n

Trouble at the mines -- Rappaport

1987 (35th) All in a day -- Anno

Children of the Maya: a Guatemalan Indian odyssey -- Ashabranner 325.728 As31c

1986 (34th) Journey to the Soviet Union -- Smith

1985 (33rd) The island on Bird Street -- Orlev F Or4i

Music, music for everyone -- Williams F B3255r

1984 (32nd) No Award Given

1983 (31st) The bomb -- Lenz

If I had a Paka: poems in eleven languages

West Coast Honor Book: People at the edge of the world: the Ohlone of Central California -- Morrow

Special Recognition: All the colors of the race -- Adoff 808.1 Ad71a

1982 (30th) Let the circle be unbroken -- Taylor F T2165l

Lupita Mañana -- Beatty F B38l

1981 (29th) Chase me, catch nobody! -- Haugaard

Doing time: a look at crime and prisons -- Clark

We are Mesquakie, we are one -- Irwin F Ir9we

1980 (28th)

West Coast Honor Book: Woman from Hiroshima -- Mori

Special Recognition: Natural history -- Goffstein

1979 (27th) Escape to freedom: a play about young Frederick Douglas -- Davis 808.2 D296e

The great Gilly Hopkins -- Paterson F P273g

1978 (26th) Alan and Naomi -- Levoy

Special Recognition: Amifika -- Clifton E C613a

1977 (25th) Roll of thunder, hear my cry -- Taylor F T2165r

1976 (24th) Dragonwings -- Yep F Y43d

Song of the trees -- Taylor F T2165s

Z is for Zachariah -- O'Brien

1975 (23rd) The eye of conscience: photographs and social change -- Meltzer 339.4 M496e

My brother Sam is dead -- Collier F C69m

Viva la Raza!: The struggle of the Mexican-American people -- Martinez

1974 (22nd) A hero ain't nothin' but a sandwich -- Childress

Men against war -- Habenstreit

A pocket full of seeds -- Sachs F Sa14s

1973 (21st) The upstairs room -- Reiss REISS B R278U