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 nonfiction and demonstrate the following:
- Heroic deeds that lead to tolerance and social justice.
- Acceptance of social and personal responsibility.
- Good communications between people.
- A sense of urgency and empowerment of the individual.
- The importance of history.
I wasn’t familiar with this award though I do know about the Simon Wiesenthal 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 (Through 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?
Best Books for Kids That Teach Tolerance
Young Readers (ages 6-11) Winner
Young Adults (Ages 11 and up)
ONCE UPON A WORLD Children’s Book Award
Barbed Wired Baseball
by Marissa Mossña
Hero on A Bicycle
Written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes
by Henry Cole
A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Lewis
by Matt de la Peña
The Blood Lie
by Shirley Reva Vernick
Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
by Pat Sherman
Yummy: The Last Days of Southside Shorty
by Greg Neri
Bad News for Outlaws
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork
by Alma Fullerton
Planting the Trees of Kenya
by Claire A. Nivola
Surfer of the Century
by Ellie Crowe
Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer
by Gretchen Woelfle
by Russell Freedman
The Doll With The Yellow Star
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root
Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen
by Michelle R. McCann
Thank You, Sarah
by Laurie Halse Anderson
by Deborah Wiles – New York: Atheneum Books, 2001.
The Year of Miss Agnes
by Kirkpatrick Hill – New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000.
Through My Eyes
by Ruby Bridges; articles and interviews compiled and edited by Margo Lundell. 1st ed. – New York: Scholastic Press, 1999.
So Far From The Sea
by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Chris Soentpiet – New York: Clarion Books, 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.
by Tony Johnston; paintings by James E. Ransome – 1st ed. – New York: Tambourine Books,1996.
The Day Gogo Went to Vote: South Africa, April 1994
by Elinor Batezat Sisulu; illustrated by Sharon Wilson
– 1st ed. – Boston: Little, Brown, 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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