The House that Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams

The House that Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams
Written by Tanya Lee Stone, Illustrated by Kathryn Brown

Publisher’s Summary:
This is the story of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who transformed a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her house as a community center.

Primary Source Pairing:
Jane Addams and the Hull House were a beacon of light in the darkness of the 1890s. In a time when women had few rights, she was at the forefront of advocating for human rights. Her vision for urban development with human welfare as a cornerstone was revolutionary for the time period. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study two pieces of Jane Addams’ history. First, an image of Jane Addams with children gathered around her. Second, a newspaper article from The New York Times on March 20, 1909, quoting Jane Addams and her opinions on healthy living conditions in the city. Discuss the images separately, and as discussions develop, encourage students to make connections between the two images.

Questions for Discussion:


  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • What’s happening in the image?
  • What can you learn from examining this image?


  • What do you notice first?
  • What text do you notice first?
  • Who do you think was the audience for this publication?
  • What can you tell about the point of view of the people who produced this?
  • How would this be different if produced today?
  • How would this be the same?

Both images together:

  • What connections can you make between the two images?
  • What is similar?
  • What is different?
  • What do you still wonder?
  • What questions do you still have?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Jane Addams with children picture: Library of Congress
Newspaper article: Library of Congress