Horace Mann Upstanders Awards
and Children’s Literature Conference


Founded in 2006, this annual June conference brings together authors, readers, writers, teachers, parents, and librarians who are interested in literature for young people that encourages them to have agency in the world.

An ‘upstander’ is a person who recognizes injustice and acts in a way to right the wrong. The award honors new children’s literature that best exemplifies the ideals of social action and in turn encourages young readers to become agents of change themselves.

Our last conference was on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Wildwood School in Los Angeles.  More information can be found on the Upstanders website.