Posted on 16/01/2008
Dan Stone, Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London has received the Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award for Older Readers for his contribution to a book designed to teach children about the events leading up to and during the Holocaust. Awarded by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the prize recognises the best Jewish children’s literature which authentically portrays the Jewish experience. Holocaust: The Events and Their Impact on Real People was designed by author Angela Glick Wood for children over the age of 8 and Professor Stone acted as academic consultant. The book combines historical information with emotive first person accounts to give in-depth insights of the events surrounding the Holocaust, such as the Nazis’ rise to power and the life of Jews in Europe. It uses multiple techniques including maps, charts and timelines to provide context, along with an accompanying DVD that features survivors’ stories. 'I'm delighted and proud to be associated with this book,’ said Professor Stone. ‘Holocaust offers an unusual combination of source-rich information, wide-ranging illustration and survivor accounts that makes it ideal for family reading. The real achievement is by the author, and I am honoured to have been awarded the Sydney Taylor Book Award along with her,' he said.