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Nancy Churnin Awards

  • 2021 National Jewish Book Award Winner – Children’s Picture Book
  • 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Picture Books
  • Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2021
  • The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2021, Tablet Magazine
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection March 2022

Bookfest Presents Author Nancy Churnin

Join us for a FREE program for all and specially designed for families with children in grades K-6. Listen to the story and learn about Eliza Davis, who spoke out about the unfair treatment of Jews. Afterward, create your own letter or poster protesting discrimination and hate.

In Eliza Davis’s day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice against Jewish people. Eliza was Jewish, and her heart hurt to see a Jewish character in Oliver Twist portrayed as ugly and selfish. She wanted to speak out about how unfair that was, even if it meant speaking out against the great man himself. So she wrote a letter to Charles Dickens. What happened next is history.

About the Author: Nancy Churnin writes true stories about people who persevered to achieve their dreams and make the world a better place. She provides free teacher guides and a project for each book with a dedicated page on her website, nancychurnin.com, to encourage and celebrate kids to be heroes and heroines, too. Nancy is the award-winning author of 10  award-winning picture book biographies.