The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak

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In 1912, a well-known doctor and writer named Janusz Korczak designed an extraordinary orphanage for Jewish children in Warsaw, Poland. Believing that children were capable of governing themselves, he encouraged the orphans to elect a parliament, run a court, and put out their own weekly newspaper. Even when Korczak was forced to move the orphanage into the Warsaw Ghetto after Hitler's rise to power, and couldn't afford to buy food and medicine for his charges, he never lost sight of his ideals. Fully committed to giving his children as much love as possible during a terrifying time, Korczak refused to abandon them.

In his most beautiful and heartfelt book to date, with evocative acrylic illustrations and spare, poignant prose, Tomek Bogacki tells the story of a courageous man who, during one of the grimmest moments in world history, dedicated his life's work— and ultimately his life itself—to children.


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"My life was difficult but interesting. That's the life I asked God for when I was young: God, give me a hard life, but make it beautiful, rich, and noble." So wrote Janusz Korczak in his Ghetto Diary ... Read full review

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The Champion of Children is a biography of Janusz Korczak written in an accessible story format for children. It begins describing Janusz's childhood as a privileged Jewish child and his dreams of ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

TOMEK BOGACKI grew up in Poland. He has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books for children, including Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. He lives in Long Island City, New York.

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