‘Fred Korematsu Speaks Up’ Receives Book Prizes

“Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” co-authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi accept the Children’s History Book Prize from the New-York Historical Society.

“Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” (2017, Heyday Books) by Laura Atkins and‎ Stan Yogi has recently been selected for three honors for history books for young readers.

Children’s History Book Prize

Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, announced May 8 that Atkins and Yogi will receive the $10,000 Children’s History Book Prize, which is annually awarded to the best American history book for middle readers ages 9–12, fiction or non-fiction. This year’s award was scheduled to be presented by Justice Robert Katzmann, 2nd Circuit Court judge and founder of the Immigration Justice League, on May 16 at the New-York Historical Society’s Robert H. Smith Auditorium.

“‘Fred Korematsu Speaks Up’ masterfully tells the story of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II through the lens of one person’s life and challenges,” said Mirrer. “The civil rights issues explored in this book continue to resonate today, especially for us at New-York Historical as we help green card holders learn about civics and American history through our Citizenship Project.