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.
The winner of the 2019 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature:
The White Rose, Kip Wilson, Author
This stunning novel-in-verse is based on the true story of Sophie Scholl, who along with her brother Hans and some of his friends, formed White Rose – a secret anti-Nazi resistance movement in Germany during World War II. Sophie distributed leaflets urging fellow students to protest the horrors of Hitler's regime. Unfortunately, she and the other members of White Rose were caught, interrogated, and executed.
On Tuesday, October 13, Author Kip Wilson will share practical tools to making history relevant for students. She will draw connections between teen activists today to the members of the White Rose resistance group who used their voices to stand up for others in Nazi Germany. She'll explain what led Sophie Scholl down this path, share some poems from White Rose, and show how
important it is to encourage young people today to make a similar stand.
Other speakers include:
Dodd Jewish Hartford European Roots Educator Fellows Kimberly Ballaro, Alan Berkowitz, Crista Penrose and Rachel Torres
For more information, visit: dodd.uconn.edu
If you are an individual who requires an accommodation to participate, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.