Book Awards You Need to Know
The Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature
The Malka Penn Award https://humanrights.uconn.edu/awards/malka-penn-award/# is given annually to the author of an outstanding children's
book addressing human rights issues or themes such as discrimination, equity, poverty, justice, war, peace, slavery, or freedom. The award recognizes works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, or biography written for children
from preschool to high school. Books about characters facing and affected by social injustices are frequently recognized. The award is named in honor of Michele Palmer (pseudonym Malka Penn) and is presented by Dodd Human Rights
Impact at UConn. For a list of past winners, visit https://humanrights.uconn.edu/awards/malka-penn-award/past-award-recipients/.
2021 Malka Penn Award Winner: This is My America by Kim Johnson
Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time--her dad has only 267 days
left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy's older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a "thug" on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her
brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town's racist history that still haunt the present?
(No award was given in 2020.)
2019 Malka Penn Award Winner: The White Rose by Kip Wilson
Based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group. Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl,
her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and
her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators. This debut novel recounts the lives of Sophie and her friends and highlights their brave stand against fascism in Nazi Germany.
2018 Malka Penn Award Winner: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Her deceased mother
was Muslim, her father is Hindu. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family
become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if
her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together. Told through Nisha's letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one
girl's search for home, for her own identity...and for a hopeful future.
2017 Malka Penn Award Winner: My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbors in a long line as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can
think of is his pet pigeons—will they escape too? When they reach a refugee camp and are safe at last, everyone settles into the tent city. But though the children start to play and go to school again, Sami can't join in. When
he is given paper and paint, all he can do is smear his painting with black. He can't forget his birds and what his family has left behind. One day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami
and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami, it is one step in a long healing process at last.
Each December, Children's Literature celebrates the many children's and YA Christmas-themed books with our Christmas Book Countdown. You'll find all the books in our countdown
on our social media pages- Facebook: @childrens.literature1 and Twitter: @CLreviews. This year we want to include your favorites as well. Email email@example.com
your favorite children's or YA Christmas-themed book title along with the book's author and ISBN. Preference is given to emails received before December 5.
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