Sharon Draper Wins 2016 Antioch University Los Angeles’ Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award

SharonDraperAULAHer novel, “Stella by Starlight” tackles racial injustice and finds strength in unlikely places

Culver City, CA – Written by author Sharon M. Draper, Stella by Starlight is a children’s book that tells the tale of a young girl living in South Carolina during the Depression-era, and is the winner of Antioch University Los Angeles’ ninth annualHorace Mann Upstanders Book Award. The award is given by AULA’s Education Department and will be formally presented on May 21 at the 2016 Upstanders Book Awards Ceremony at the Del Rey Beach Yacht Club.

“An Upstander is a person or a group who chooses to take a positive stand and act on behalf of themselves and others. These awards honor literature that encourages readers to take that risk and stand up for something they believe in,” said Dr.Read the rest

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Winner 2015 – The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Justin Roberts – Writer

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Justin Robert’s “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade” delightfully and joyously celebrates the ability of one small girl to create change. Published in September 0f 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, the book was included on the New York Times “Back to School” Bookshelf:

“This is a ballad, really, about the power of one small person to fight injustice.”

As students nationwide are standing up for their right to a safe, rigorous, honest and public education, the committee is pleased to recognize Justin and his lovely book for exemplifying the ideals of social action and encouraging young readers to speak out against the injustices they witness!… Read the rest

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