Recognizing those who stand up against injustice.

Horace Mann Upstanders

Annual Horace Mann Upstanders Book Awards for K-6 fiction.

“I love that this award exists. Nothing is more important than teaching about injustice in the world and that anyone can become an agent of social change.

Cole, the main character in Ghetto Cowboy, is not only an outcast and an outsider; he’s a black teenager with an attitude. But even he comes to learn that there’s real power in living the Cowboy Way. All it takes is one person to make a stand. Thank you for choosing this book for this honor. Cole would be proud. Rise up and ride on!”

~Greg Neri, winner of 2012 Upstanders Award

An ‘upstander’ is a person who recognizes injustice and acts in a way to right the wrong. The award honors new children’s literature that best exemplifies the ideals of social action and in turn encourages young readers to become agents of change themselves.

“Being an Upstander is when an individual or a group 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.”

Dr. J. Cynthia McDermott,
Chair of the Education Department
Antioch University Los Angeles.