Jane Addams Children's Book Award

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Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Jane Addams Award.jpg
Seal of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Awarded for Excellence in children's literature promoting peace, social justice, world community and equality
Location New York City
Country United States
Presented by Jane Addams Peace Association
First awarded 1953
Official website http://www.janeaddamspeace.org/

The Jane Addams Children's Book Award is given annually to a children's book published the preceding year that advances the causes of peace and social equality. The awards have been presented annually since 1953. They were previously given jointly by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Jane Addams Peace Association,[1] but are now presented solely by the Jane Addams Peace Association.


The Jane Addams Children's Book Award was originally awarded to one book per year without categories. A Picture Book category was added in 1993; the award is currently given to two books annually, one for older children and one for younger children. In 2003, the time of year the award is given changed from September, honoring Jane Addams' birthday, to April, honoring the WILPF's birthday.

In the sixty-plus years of the award’s history, there has been one public controversy over the selection of its winner. In 1970, the award was given to The Cay by Theodore Taylor, a book which became highly criticized in the years since its publication. In 1974, the current award chair, who was not the chair at the time the award was given to The Cay, publicly stated that she thought it was a mistake to have named The Cay an Addams Award winner.[2] In response, Taylor, who saw the work as "a subtle plea for better race relations and more understanding,"[3] returned the Award "by choice, not in anger, but with troubling questions."[4] In later years, Taylor reported that the Award had been rescinded.[5] Even though The Cay remains on the list of Addams Award winners, Taylor's claim is widely thought to be true and has become a part of reading and discussing the book with young people today.[6]


Year Category Book Author Illustrator
2015 Book for Older Children The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the Civil Rights Movement Teri Kanefield  
2015 Book for Younger Children Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her family's fight for desegregation Duncan Tonatiuh  
2014 Book for Older Children Sugar Jewell Parker Rhodes  
2014 Book for Younger Children Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 Michelle Markel Melissa Sweet
2013 Book for Older Children We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March Cynthia Levinson  
2013 Book for Younger Children Each Kindness Jacqueline Woodson E. B. Lewis
2012 Book for Older Children Sylvia & Aki Winifred Conkling  
2012 Book for Younger Children The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore Susan L. Roth
2011 Book for Older Children A Long Walk to Water Linda Sue Park  
2011 Book for Younger Children Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty Linda Glaser Claire A. Nivola
2010 Book for Older Children Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary Elizabeth Partridge  
2010 Book for Younger Children Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan Jeanette Winter Jeanette Winter
2009 Book for Older Children The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Margarita Engle  
2009 Book for Younger Children Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai Claire A. Nivola Claire A. Nivola
2008 Book for Older Children We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin Larry Dane Brimner  
2008 Book for Younger Children The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom Emily Arnold McCully Emily Arnold McCully
2007 Book for Older Children Weedflower Cynthia Kadohata  
2007 Book for Younger Children A Place Where Sunflowers Grow Amy Lee-Tai Felicia Hoshino
2006 Book for Older Children Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America Karen Blumenthal  
2006 Book for Younger Children Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights James Haskins Benny Andrews
2005 Book for Older Children With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote Ann Bausum  
2005 Book for Younger Children Sélavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope Youme Landowne Youme Landowne
2004 Book for Older Children Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope Beverley Naidoo  
2004 Picture Book Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Kathleen Krull Yuyi Morales
2004 Special Commendation The Breadwinner Trilogy Deborah Ellis  
2003 Book for Older Children Parvana's Journey Deborah Ellis  
2003 Picture Book Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam Walter Dean Myers Ann Grifalconi
2002 Book for Older Children The Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo  
2002 Picture Book Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport Bryan Collier
2001 Book for Older Children Esperanza Rising Pam Muñoz Ryan  
2001 Picture Book The Composition Antonio Skármeta Alfonso Ruano
2000 Book for Older Children Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges  
2000 Picture Book Molly Bannaky Alice McGill Chris K. Soentpiet
1999 Book for Older Children Bat 6 Virginia Euwer Wolff  
1999 Picture Book Painted Words / Spoken Memories: Marianthe's Story Aliki Brandenberg Aliki Brandenberg
1998 Book for Older Children Habibi Naomi Shihab Nye  
1998 Picture Book Seven Brave Women Betsy Hearne Bethanne Andersen
1997 Book for Older Children: Growing Up In Coal County Susan Campbell Bartoletti  
1997 Picture Book Wilma Unlimited Kathleen Krull David Diaz
1996 Book for Older Children The Well Mildred D. Taylor  
1996 Picture Book No award given    
1996 Special Commendation The Middle Passage Tom Feelings  
1995 Book for Older Children Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor Russell Freedman  
1995 Picture Book Sitti's Secrets Naomi Shihab Nye Nancy Carpenter
1994 Book for Older Children Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Stories Ellen Levine  
1994 Picture Book This Land Is My Land George Littlechild George Littlechild
1993 Book for Older Children A Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti Frances Temple  
1993 Picture Book Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky Faith Ringgold Faith Ringgold
1992   Journey of the Sparrows Fran Leeper Buss  
1991   The Big Book for Peace Ann Durell and Marilyn Sachs  
1990   A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter Patricia and Fredrick McKissack  
1989   (tie) Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave Virginia Hamilton  
1989   (tie) Looking Out Victoria Boutis  
1988   Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa Sheila Gordon  
1987   Nobody Wants a Nuclear War Judith Vigna  
1986   Ain't Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America's Peace Seekers Milton Meltzer  
1985   The Short Life of Sophie Scholl Hermann Vinke, translated by Hedvig Pachter  
1984   Rain of Fire Marion Dane Bauer  
1983   Hiroshima No Pika Toshi Maruki  
1983 Special Recognition All the Colors of the Race Arnold Adoff  
1983 Special Recognition Children as Teachers of Peace Our Children  
1982   A Spirit to Ride the Whirlwind Athena V. Lord  
1981   First Woman in Congress: Jeannette Rankin Florence Meiman White  
1980   The Road from Home David Kherdian  
1980 Special Recognition Natural History M. B. Goffstein  
1979   Many Smokes, Many Moons: A Chronology of American Indian History through Indian Art Jamake Highwater  
1978   Child of the Owl Laurence Yep  
1978 Special Recognition Amifika Lucille Clifton  
1978 Special Recognition The Wheel of King Asoka Ashok Davar  
1977   Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust Milton Meltzer  
1976   Paul Robeson Eloise Greenfield  
1975   The Princess and the Admiral Charlotte Pomerantz  
1974   Nilda Nicholasa Mohr  
1973   The Riddle of Racism S. Carl Hirsch  
1972   The Tamarack Tree Betty Underwood  
1971   Jane Addams: Pioneer of Social Justice Cornelia Meigs  
1970   The Cay Theodore Taylor  
1969   The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia Esther Hautzig  
1968   Little Fishes Erik Christian Haugaard  
1967   Queenie Peavy Robert Burch  
1966   Berries Goodman Emily Cheney Neville  
1965   Meeting with a Stranger Duane Bradley  
1964   Profiles in Courage: Young Readers Memorial Edition John F. Kennedy  
1963   The Monkey and the Wild, Wild Wind Ryerson Johnson  
1962   The Road to Agra Aimee Sommerfelt  
1961   What Then, Raman? Shirley L. Arora  
1960   Champions of Peace Edith Patterson Meyer  
1959   No award given    
1958   The Perilous Road William O. Steele  
1957   Blue Mystery Margot Benary-Isbert  
1956   Story of the Negro Arna Bontemps  
1955   Rainbow Round the World Elizabeth Yates  
1954   Stick-in-the-Mud Jean Ketchum  
1953   People Are Important Eva Knox Evans  


  1. ^ Griffith, Susan C. (Fall 2004). "Imagining Social Justice and Peace in a World Community: The Jane Addams Children's Book Award". WILLA. The National Council of Teachers of English. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  2. ^ Griffith, S. C. (2013). The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Children’s Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953. Lanham, NJ: Scarecrow Press. p. 18. 
  3. ^ Miller, Stephen (2006-10-30). "Theodore Taylor, 85, Children's Novelist". New York Sun. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  4. ^ Taylor, T (1975). "In the Mailbag . . . to the Editor". Top of the News. 31 (3): 284. 
  5. ^ Roginski, J.W. (1985). "Theodore Taylor". Behind the Covers: Interviews of Authors and Illustrators of Children’s Books. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited. p. 212. 
  6. ^ Griffith, S. C. (2013). The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award: Honoring Children’s Literature for Peace and Social Justice since 1953. Lanham, NJ: Scarecrow Press. p. 19. 

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