Malka Penn Award

Malka Penn Award

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.


Call for Submissions

Submissions are now invited for the 2019 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature.

The Malka Penn Award winner will be announced at the 2018 Connecticut Children’s Book Fair, and presented at 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.

 

Eligibility

Any book for young children (birth through age 12) originally published in North America 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.

 

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.

To Submit

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

 

To submit a book for consideration, send FIVE or more copies to:

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

 


Previous Winners

2018

My Beautiful Birds Cover

Suzanne Del Rizzo

My Beautiful Birds


 

Michele Palmer photoThe 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 Books on Human Rights in the Archives and Special Collections at the Dodd Center.