Last Sunday I attended the Once Upon a World Award
ceremony at the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance
. This award is funded by Sonia and Lloyd Levitin and presented through the Museum of Tolerance to promote literature for children and teens that exemplify courage, tolerance, and understanding. This year the two award winners were Gretchen Woelfle
for her biography Jeanette Rankin:Political Pioneer
and Ellie Crowe
for her picture book Surfer of the Century: Duke Kahanamoku
On Monday, fourth grade students from two local elementary schools participated in a video conference with the author and a school in Hawaii to talk about Duke
. On Tuesday, two high school classes video-conferenced with the author and a school in Missoula, Montana where Jeanette Rankin was from. What a great experience for all!
It seemed especially appropriate to be discussing Jeanette Rankin
, the first woman to be elected to Congress (even before women were granted the right to vote in the greater United States) on a day when the first African American was elected President.
Susan Dubin, President
Association of Jewish Libraries