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2022 Goddard-CBC Youth Social Justice Book Prize: Winner Announced



New York, NY (November 2022)— The author and illustrator of Sanctuary offer their thanks and thoughts, as do the judges for the award.

From author Christine McDonnell: “Kip Tiernan believed that homelessness was an issue of justice. “Never forget that charity is scraps from the table and justice is a seat at the table. Charity is giving to others what belongs to you. Justice is giving to others what belongs to them.” She fought tirelessly on behalf of women burdened by poverty and homelessness. “Who decides who gets the condo and who gets the cardboard box?” she asked. 

Thank you for choosing Sanctuary for this award and helping to bring attention to Kip’s work and her legacy. Her voice is needed in these times. She challenges us. In a talk given in 1993, Kip said, “We must, somehow, find ways to make a difference in somebody’s life today. It begins by standing up for someone else and by being willing to take the risk of being human.”

From illustrator Victoria Tentler-Krylov: “Kip Tiernan was a person whose life was dedicated to creating change. I actually didn’t know much about her until I started working on Sanctuary, but in the course of my research, reading about her endless kindness and caring sometimes brought me to tears. The passion with which Kip fought for respect, support, and justice for those who needed it most is inspiring. But so is the determination with which she pursued her vision of a safe haven for women.  

I am delighted that this book is being recognized for the 2022 Goddard Riverside CBC Social Justice Book Prize. I’m also very honored to see Sanctuary in the company of other important books that seek to inspire readers, as winners of this award. I know I speak for both Christine and me when I say it means so much to us, and that we hope that as a result of this prize the book reaches more young readers who will be inspired to create change in their communities. Thank you, judges and the Children’s Book Council!”


Katura Hudson: “The writing is honest yet still heartwarming and complemented by thoughtful and inclusive illustrations. Together, they model empathy that gently demonstrates small, kind gestures and major social justice initiatives can drive change.”

Beth Puffer: “The creation of a shelter where volunteers would not only feed and house women but truly listen to them fits well into Goddard Riverside’s mission.”  

Tiffany Coelho: “Sanctuary focuses on the importance of kindness in the face of patriarchy and sexism, and the art showcases diverse women which I found really beautiful.”

Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Nation’s First Shelter for Women is the winner of the 4th  annual Goddard Riverside – CBC Young People’s Book Prize for Social Justice. This new literary award recognizes nonfiction books published in 2022 for children and teens related to life and issues that support values such as community, equality, opportunity, mutual understanding, respect, caring, and justice – in accordance with Goddard Riverside’s mission. 

The winner is:

Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Nation’s First Shelter for Women, by Christine McDonnell, illus. by Victoria Tentler-Krylov (Candlewick Press, ISBN. 9781536211290, ages 7-10)

The prize is a companion to the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice for adult readers, which is now in its sixth year, whose winner will be announced soon. 

Goddard Riverside strives toward a fair and just society where all people can make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families. Goddard serves more than 20,000 New Yorkers each year with programs including Early Childhood Education, After School, employment support, college access, youth programs, homeless outreach, Senior Centers, and legal assistance.

For more information about Goddard and the Award

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