The Newbery and Caldecott Medals in children's literature were announced last week by the American Library Association. The 1995 Newbery Medal was awarded to Karen Cushman for The Midwife's Apprentice (Clarion Books), a book about a young medieval girl who searches for her place in the world. Peggy Rathmann was honored with the 1995 Caldecott Medal for her pen-and-watercolor illustrations in Officer Buckle and Gloria (G.P. Putnam's Sons), a book that she also wrote.
The Anti-Defamation League has published the latest edition of its Material Resource Catalog for Classroom and Community, a reference work that outlines educational material designed to help fight prejudice. This 45-page catalog covers a wide range of media, from books and videos to exhibits and posters.
Among the topics addressed by materials in the catalog are anti-semitism, hate crimes, and political extremism. Of particular note to teachers may be a work examining and challenging The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a historical literary hoax that was used to fuel anti-semitism during the Eastern European pogroms and the Nazi era in Germany. The book has resurfaced in recent decades in the United States and other countries.
Other entries highlight the ways that cities and schools have found to combat prejudice within their communities, or how they have learned to deal with the issue of prayer in the classroom.
The catalog is free and available through the ADL at Department MRC, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017; (800) 343-5540.
A new resource published by the Oryx Press helps Native American students trace their family histories. A Student's Guide to Native American Genealogy, aimed at middle and high school students, indexes hundreds of print- and electronic-media sources as well as some helpful organizations.
The volume is one in a set of 12, each of which explores a different heritage. The series teaches students how to research their backgrounds firsthand, guiding them through the steps of collecting and evaluating documents and conducting interviews.
Other volumes explore African-American, Mexican-American, and Jewish-American backgrounds as well as genealogy related to several European countries. The illustrated guides are available for $24.95 each from Oryx at 4041 N. Central Ave., Suite 700, Phoenix, Ariz., 85012-3397; (800) 279-6799.