Suzanne Del Rizzo was presented with the first annual Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature for her book My Beautiful Birds. The award was announced last November at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair. The award presentation took place at the Thomas Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, which, I can assure you, is a lovely building. The Northeast Children's Literature Collection is there.
The award will be given "to the author of an outstanding children’s book addressing human rights
issues or themes, such as discrimination, equity, poverty, justice, war,
peace, slavery or freedom."
In addition to this being Connecticut childlit news, and thus of importance to Original Content, I met Malka Penn a few times many years ago. Additionally, I read the lovely My Beautiful Birds last month as part of ReFoReMo.