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Make Books, Not War: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award is awarded to books that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence. Founded in 1953, the award is funded by the Peace Education Project, a part of the Jane Addams Peace Association and names two awards each year, one for Older Readers and one for Younger Readers. Honor books can also be named in each category. Jane Addams was one of the country’s first social workers, founding Hull House in 1889. A lifelong pacifist, she was also the founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, the first American woman to do so. The award honors her memory and her life’s work by celebrating books that promote peace and equality. Subjects of winning books…