The 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. Within these larger themes, the award committee is particularly eager to recognize stories about individuals – real or fictional, children or adults – who have been affected by social injustices, and who, by confronting them, have made a difference in their lives or the lives of others.
|Any book for young children (birth through age 12) originally published in the United States between Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2017 is eligible for consideration for the 2017 Malka Penn Award. The book may be a work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, or biography aimed at children below the age of thirteen. Books must be published in a physical, print form—e-books are currently ineligible for consideration.
A committee of UConn faculty, staff, and community members selects one award winner each year. In addition, up to ten additional books may be selected for special recognition.
|The deadline for submission for the 2017 Malka Penn Award is October 1, 2017.
To submit a book for consideration, send one or more copies to:
Award winner and recognized books will be announced in early November.
The award is named in honor of author Michele Palmer, whose generous gift helped to establish the award. Ms. Palmer has written over a dozen books for children and adults, including three children’s books under the pseudonym Malka Penn (The Miracle of the Potato Latkes, The Hanukkah Ghosts, and Ghosts and Golems).
As an oral historian at UConn’s Center for Oral History, her most exciting project was co-director of “Witnesses to Nuremberg: An Oral History of the War Crimes Trials,” in conjunction with the opening of the Dodd Center in 1995.
Ms. Palmer has also curated numerous art, book, and history exhibits at UConn and elsewhere. One of her exhibits at the Dodd Center – “After Anne Frank: Children’s Books About the Holocaust” – led to her establishing the Malka Penn Collection of Children’s Book Collection on Human Rights in the Archives and Special Collections at the Dodd Center.