Edith Wortman First Amendment Award Winner – Joy Hakim
A former teacher, editor, and the first woman editorial writer for Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot, Joy Hakim is the author of the Michener Prize-winning ten volume series: A History of US. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the liveliest, most realistic, most well-received American history series ever written for children,” A History of US has sold over 4 million copies nationwide. Responding to the problems of traditional history textbooks, Joy argues, “Kids shouldn’t have to read anything that adults wouldn’t want to read.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Smith College and a master’s degree from Goucher College. She has worked extensively with teachers and parents and has taught elementary school, high school, and special education.
Joy Hakim has shared her contagious enthusiasm for history with a variety of people, from 15-year olds in inner-city schools to adults discovering the pleasures of America’s collective past. Believing that history should be fun for people of all ages, Joy takes readers from 9 to 99 on breathtaking journeys and continues to promote the idea that “to find the story in a subject is to discover its essence.” When she’s not writing and researching at her home in Virginia, she spends her time in Colorado, sharing stories with her grandchildren.