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Books for Kids That Teach Compassion and Tolerance

Best Books for Kids That Teach Tolerance

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives is proud to announce the winners of the Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award for 2011. It selects two books a year to honor.

The criteria are:

To support and perpetuate the values and mandate of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance by honoring children’s books, aimed at young readers (ages 6-10) and young adults (ages 11+), which deal with issues of tolerance, diversity, human understanding and social justice, thus inspiring readers to promote positive change in the world.

Winning books include chapter books, picture books and non fiction and demonstrate the following:

  1. Heroic deeds that lead to tolerance and social justice.
  2. Acceptance of social and personal responsibility.
  3. Good communications between people.
  4. A sense of urgency and empowerment of the individual.
  5. The importance of history.
I wasn’t familiar with this award though I do know about the Simon Wissenthal Museum from living in Los Angeles. My art teacher had a piece exhibited there and he said that it was the highlight of his career. I went through the past winner list and I haven’t read all the books, but the ones I have read (Though My Eyes, The Year of Miss Agnes, So Far from the Sea) are OUTSTANDING so it makes me want to read the entire list of winners, both past and present.
Which books have you read on this list and what are your favorite books for promoting diversity, social justice and tolerance?

 Young Readers (ages 6-11) Winner

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman

Young Adults (Ages 11 and up)

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Greg Neri

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Previous Winners

 

2008
Surfer of the Century
by Ellie Crowe
&
Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer
by Gretchen Woelfle
2007
Freedom Walkers
By Russell Freedman
2006
The Doll With The Yellow Star
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root

2005
Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

2004
Luba:The Angel of Bergen-Belsen
by Michelle R. McCann
Luba Tryszynska-Frederick

2003

Thank You, Sarah
by Laurie Halse Anderson

2002

Freedom Summer
by Deborah Wiles – New York: Atheneum Books, 2001.
2001
THE YEAR OF MISS AGNES
by Kirkpatrick Hill – New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000.

2000

THROUGH MY EYES
by Ruby Bridges; articles and interviews compiled and edited by Margo Lundell. 1st ed. – New York: Scholastic Press, 1999.
1999
SO FAR FROM THE SEA
by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Chris Soentpiet – New York: Clarion Books, 1998.
1998
GATHERING THE SUN: an alphabet in Spanish and English
by Alma Flor Ada; English translation by Rosa Zubizarreta; illustrated by Simon Silva – New York: Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books, 1997.
1997
THE WAGON
by Tony Johnston; paintings by James E. Ransome – 1st ed. – New York: Tambourine Books,1996
1997
THE DAY GOGO WENT TO VOTE: South Africa, April 1994
by Elinor Batezat Sisulu; illustrated by Sharon Wilson
– 1st ed. – Boston: Little, Brown, 1996.
1996
A SCHOOL FOR POMPEY WALKER
by Michael J. Rosen; illustrated by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson – 1st ed. – San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1995.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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