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Thinking in Stories Award Contest

The IAPC conducts award contests to generate bibliographies and reviews of children’s and young adult books (and other media) organized around important themes appropriate for young people’s philosophical inquiry. Reviews are judged on the books’ relevance to the theme and the quality of the philosophical analysis. The Thinking in Stories Award Contest is sponsored by the IAPC, the Department of Educational Foundations, and the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.

Thank you to all the reviewers for opening up these themes. Thinking in Stories welcomes other reviews relevant to these themes (submit to Dr. Peter Shea at shea0017@umn.edu).


2022 Award Contest on the theme of “Children, War, and Displacement”

First prize

  • Samantha Piede: Review of Story Boat by Kyo Maclear (2020)

Second Prizes (in alphabetical order)

  • Lena Greene: Review of I am David by Anne Holme (2004)
  • Alona Kharina: Review of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947/1997)
  • Hanna Klymenko-Synook: Review of Vovchyk Who Rode a Bomb by Yurii Nikitinskyi (2019)
  • Maria Papathanasiou: Review of Silan’s Box by Alkistis Chalikia (2017)
  • Farzaneh Shahrtash: Review of You Are an Explorer by Shahrzad Shahrjerdi (2019)
  • Mariia Zbroi: Review of The Enemy: A Book About Peace by Davide Cali (2007)

Honorable Mention

  • Ольвия Агаркова [Olvia Agarkova]: Review of Mii Tato Stav Zirkoiu [My Father Became a Star] by Halyna Kyrpa (2015)