Next Thursday, November 10, the 2016 Raab Associates Prize will be announced at an event at the University of Connecticut's Dodd Center from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The program will include a discussion of "Human Rights, Children's Literature, and the Art of Youth Activism." Professor Jonathan Todres ( Children's Literature and Human Rights: Imagination and the Narrative of Law, Oxford University Press, 2016), Pegi Deitz Shea (Abe in Arms, PM Press, 2010, and The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee's Story, Boyds Mills Press, 1996), and Reven Smith (spoken word poet, musician, writer, social activist, and UConn student) will be featured.
For the first time this year, the prize has focused on human rights, particularly children's rights.
Since 1999 the Raab Associates Prize has been given annually to a UConn student enrolled in the School of Fine Arts' illustration courses and provides him or her with an opportunity to learn about illustrating for children and children's literature. Susan Salzman Raab, a 1980 UConn graduate and the founder and co-owner of the children's book marketing agency Raab Associates, created and sponsored the competition.