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The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives annually provides the Once Upon A World Children's Book Award to two outstanding children's books.
Winning books demonstrate the following:
The Once Upon A World Children's Book Award builds the model collection of children's and young adult literature at the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance Library. With a bountiful collection of books, spanning fiction, non-fiction, classics and contemporary subjects. these specialized holdings have become an invaluable resource for librarians, educators, parents and children.
"I am hoping that fifty years from now, the Once Upon A World Children's Book Award will seem a quaint thing of the past. My wish is that children will whisper to each other in astonishment: 'You mean, they gave awards for books that talked about--uh-people being good to each other? You mean, they had to write books about that?'"
"Imagine a future when embarrassed parents have to explain to their incredulous children that there was a time when certain people thought it was their right to dominate and persecute others: to enslave them, or worse still to murder them by the millions. Imagine, trying to explain why a man would kill another just because he didn't approve of the way he worshipped, or the flag he flew, or the anthem he sang. Imagine trying to explain the existence of Hate Groups. Imagine, being able to say: 'It was a different world back then...'"
"This is our dream: to help, in our small way, to bring about a better world through the children of today. A Once Upon A World, where there is complete understanding that every person has certain rights: they are inalienable, and they are universal."
For information regarding submission, please see: submissions 2010.