Malka Penn Award Submissions Sought

Submissions are now invited for the 2019 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature.  The prize is awarded annually by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut is presented 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.  The Malka Penn Award is part of the Dodd Center’s K-12 Human Rights Education Initiative.

The Malka Penn Award winner will be announced at the 2018 Connecticut Children’s Book Fair and an award ceremony held during the Spring 2019 Semester at the Dodd Center in Storrs, Connecticut.  The Award winner will receive a bronze medallion and certificate, and will be invited to deliver an address to the university faculty, students, and wider community.

The recipient of the inaugural 2018 Malka Penn Award was Suzanne Del Rizzo for her book, My Beautiful Birds, which used simple, poetic language and stunning illustrations created from polymer clay and acrylic paints to tell the story of a young Syrian boy fleeing war with his family.

Eligibility: Any book for young children (birth through age 12) originally published in the United States between Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018 is eligible for consideration for the 2019 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.

The deadline for submission for the 2019 Malka Penn Award is October 1, 2018.

To submit a book for consideration, send five copies to:

Malka Penn Award Selection Committee
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, U-1205
Storrs, CT  06269-1205

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