November 22, 2017

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Picture of the Week: Pam Muñoz Ryan Wins Children’s History Book Prize

Jennifer Schantz, New-York Historical’s Executive Vice President & COO, author Pam Muñoz Ryan, and student members of the prize jury who helped selected the winner

Jennifer Schantz, New-York Historical’s Executive Vice President & COO, left, author Pam Muñoz Ryan, center, and  members of the prize jury who helped selected the winner. Photo by Valeska C. Stupak

Author Pam Muñoz Ryan received New-York Historical Society’s 2016 Children’s History Book Prize for Echo (Scholastic, 2015)The prize annually awards $10,000 to the best American history book, fiction or non-fiction, for middle readers ages 9–12. The award was presented by New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on June 2 at 12:30 pm at the New-York Historical’s Robert H. Smith Auditorium.

“The theme of standing up to prejudice and injustice and how these struggles are intertwined in the lives of these children from different geographic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds resonated with our educator, historian, and student jurors,” said Jennifer Schantz, New-York Historical’s executive vice president & COO, who helps oversee the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, part of New York Historical. “The jury also felt this page-turner of a novel provided a great entry point for teachers and children to discuss intolerance that continues to exist today.”

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