About the Prize
The Grateful American Book Prize is the only award for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration for children’s historical non-fiction and fiction focused on the events and personalities that have shaped the United States since the country’s founding.
The Prize, which was created by author and publisher David Bruce Smith and Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, consists of a $13,000 cash award in commemoration of the 13 original Colonies.
One of the prime intentions of the Prize is the restoration of history as an integral part of early education in the United States. Perhaps it will encourage a “grass roots” movement that will allow the country’s successes and failures of the past to inform the future.
2020 Grateful American Book Prize Winner
Sharon Robinson is the daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson. She is also the author of Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963, which reveals her tempestuous 13th year, living the fluctuating fortunes of the Civil Rights movement.
“Her father’s fame provided Ms. Robinson with a privileged and sometimes prejudiced life in Connecticut, but his commitment to the Civil Rights movement provided her with an understanding of the importance of embracing the cause of justice. Ms. Robinson’s chronicle is not just captivating; it also transfers a historical perspective for adolescents and adults.”
Sharon Robinson: Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963
L.M. Elliott: Truth vs. Historical Fiction
Author L.M. Elliott received the 2018 Grateful American Book Prize for Suspect Red, her historical fiction novel set during the Cold War. In this clip, Elliott talks about how historical fiction varies widely in its accuracy, and how parents and teachers can help students understand what’s true and what’s been embellished.
See our full video interview with L.M. Elliott.