The 2014 Storytelling World Resource Awards

Below are the 2014 winners and honors selected from several hundred nominated stories, books, and recordings. Beneath each award title is a short descriptive phrase about the resource contents. The major evaluative criterion was "story-listener appeal" for the items selected in Categories 1-6, and "usefulness for storytellers" for the resources honored in Category 7. These awards are also featured in the 2014 April/May issue of Storytelling Magazine/Storytelling World. To purchase a copy of this magazine, go to the National Storytelling Network website at

Category 1: Stories for Young Listeners

(See also Categories 2, 5, 6.)


Each Kindness
A story about friendship and opportunity
by Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulson Books,

A real astronaut’s experience based on a partially true story
by Mark Kelly
Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,

A unique story of love, loyalty, and the environment
by Jan Brett

The Santa Trap
A “bad boy’s” comeuppance at Christmas
by Jonathan Emmett


Tea Cakes for Tosh
A touching story of a strong grandchild/grandparent bond
by Kelly Starling Lyons

Gift Days
A young girl’s story about her desire to learn to read
by Kari-Lynn Winters
Fitzhenry & Whiteside,

The Eagles Are Back
A science story about near extinction
by Jean Craighead George
Dial Books for Young Readers,

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!
A clever adaptation of a classic fable
by Scott Magoon
Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,

The Three Ninja Pigs
A fractured fairy tale for karate enthusiasts
by Corey Rosen Schwartz
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,

Category 2

Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners

(See also Categories 1, 3, 5, 6.)


The Art of Miss Chew
A story of the importance of a teacher in a child’s life
by Patricia Polacco
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,

Return of the Library Dragon
A battle of technology and books
by Carmen Agra Deedy

Jasper’s Story: Saving Moon Bears
A true story based on an actual event
by Jill Robinson and Marc Bekoff
Sleeping Bear Press,

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
A story based on the life of a slave (Benjamin Holmes)
by Pat Sherman
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers,

Lost and Found
A kid’s adventure in discovery
by Bill Harley

Hope’s Gift
A story of hope from America’s history
by Kelly Starling Lyons
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,


Paper Son: Lee’s Journey to America
A Chinese boy’s journey to Angel Island to start a new life
by Helen Foster James and Virginia Shin-Mui Loh
Sleeping Bear Press,

Puss in Boots
Pinkney’s “reimagination” of a classic
by Jerry Pinkney
Dial Books for Young Readers,

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
The story of the famous artist
by Michelle Markel
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers,
In Andal’s House
A young boy from India experiences prejudice and bigotry
by Gloria Whelan
Sleeping Bear Press,
The Man with the Violin
Based on a true story about Joshua Bell’s ignored performance with his priceless Stradivarius
by Kathy Stinson
Annick Press,
Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo
An idiom-filled story of a young boy’s clever plans
by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Sleeping Bear Press,

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
The story of the “First Lady of Firsts”
by Meghan McCarthy
Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou
A poetic story about the value of books
by Rhonda Gowler Greene
Sleeping Bear Press,
Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer
The inspirational story of a nineteenth century female astronomer
by Robert Burleigh
Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,

Colorful Dreamer
The story of artist Henri Matisse
by Marjorie Blain Parker
Dial Books for Young Readers,

Category 3

Stories for Adolescent Listeners

(See also Categories 2, 4, 5, 6.)


A story showing the price of being popular
by Patricia Polacco
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,

A tale of love, magic, and the loss of innocence
On CD Jessie and Other Stories, by Linda Goodman
Treehouse Artists,


Dare to Dance
The results of a boy’s decision to follow his dream
On CD Turning Point: Almost True Tales, by Janice Davin
Magicwords Publications,

Punia and Kaialeale
A Hawaiian legend
On CD Tales from the Lanai, by Alton Takiyama-Chung
Surviving the Hindenburg
The true story of a 14-year-old boy’s survival of the Hindenburg’s final flight
by Larry Verstraete
Sleeping Bear Press,
Blonde, Beautiful and Bubbly
A personal story about sibling rivalry
On CD Skinny Dipping, by Martha Reed Johnson
Treehouse Artists,

Saint-Saёns’s Danse Macabre (Book and CD)
The story behind the composer’s masterpiece
by Anna Harwell Celenza

Category 4

Stories for Adult Listeners

(See also Categories 3, 5, 6.)


The Punishment
A personal story about parental love
On CD Jessie and Other Stories, by Linda Goodman
Treehouse Artists,

The Lap
A personal story about family relationships
On CD with same title, by Kim Weitkamp
Road Candy Records,
Heck no, we didn’t bury my mother!
A family story about a relative’s death
On CD with same title, by Lona Bartlett

The Watch
A personal story about honoring another’s possessions
On CD Skinny Dipping, by Martha Reed Johnson
Treehouse Artists,


Lost in Cyberspace
Confusion with electronic gadgetry among the elderly
On CD Our Boy, C.Y. (and His Sweet Young Thing of a Wife), by Donna Ingham

Til Death Do Us Part
A science story offering thoughts for humans to consider
On CD The Skunk Whisperer, by Pete Griffin
Road Candy Records,

Indian Captive
The true story of Olive Ann Oatman
From the book Amazing Girls of Arizona, by Jan Cleere

Category 5

Storytelling Collections

(See also any story collections listed in Categories 1-4 with specific stories identified.)


1492: New World Tales
Multicultural stories from the age of exploration
by Richard and Judy Dockrey Young
August House,
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, A New English Version
Eloquent translations of 50 classic stories
by Philip Pullman
Appalachian Jack Tales
Stories from the Hicks, Ward, and Harmon families (with related story information)
by Lynn Salsi
Headline Kids,

A Tale Dark & Grimm
Inventive, tongue-in-cheek “re-envisionings” of selected Grimm classics
by Adam Gidwitz


Shropshire Folk Tales
A collection of 30 traditional tales filled with Shropshire wit and wisdom
by Amy Douglas
The History Press,
Whiskers, Tails & Wings
Animal folktales from Mexico (with additional story information)
by Judy Goldman

Otherwise Untold
A collection of refreshingly blunt and honest personal stories
by Kindra Hall

Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You UP at Night
A collection of one-page poetic stories with a “chilling” element
by Ben H. Winters
Price Stern Sloan,
The “Easy-to-Read-Wonder-Tales” Series:
It’s Not About the Beanstalk!
It’s Not About the Ball!
It’s Not About the Diamonds!
It’s Not About the Straw!
It’s Not About the Tiny Girl!
Collections of easy-to-read/tell folktales for young learners (with three brief theme-related stories in each book)
by Veronika Martenova Charles
Tundra Books,

Category 6

Storytelling Recordings

CDs or DVDs for listening and/or viewing pleasure for any age
(See also the recordings listed in Categories 1-4 with specific stories identified.)


In the Groves
Stories and songs that honor the spirit of trees
CD by Diane Edgecomb
Living Myth Audio,

Stay on the Road
A collection of personal traveling adventures
A 2 CD set by Tim Lowry

The Snow Queen
The Storycrafters’ interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s novella
CD by The Storycrafters
Historically Speaking
Recorded stories from Ingham’s book Tales with a Texas Twist
CD by Donna Ingham
The story of Rebecca Ebey
CD by Jill Johnson

A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart
The journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861-1887
CD by Dolores Hydock

A Tureen of Tales
A collection of recrafted folktales
CD by Donna Washington
DLW Storyteller,

Devils on Horseback and Other Odd Journeys
A collection of hilarious, true, and inadvertent personal adventures
CD by Geraldine Buckley

Impossible to Translate, But I’ll Try
A collection of true-life Israeli stories
CD by Noa Baum


New York and Me: We’re in a Longterm Relationship
Personal vignettes from New York observations and experiences
CD by Regina Ress

Christmas from the Heart
An array of stories, especially those explaining Christmas songs (followed by vocalists)
CD by Mike Lockett

Hot Cross Nuns
Stories about growing up in 1960s England
CD by Bernadette Nason

Cup of Blood
Gory, bloody, creepy, and scary tales (for older listeners only)
CD by Donna Washington
DLW Storyteller,

Category 7

Special Storytelling Resources


Teaching with Story
A practical resource guide for educators who want to integrate stories into their curriculum
by Margaret Read MacDonald, Jennifer MacDonald Whitman, and Nathaniel Forrest Whitman
August House,


Travel the Globe, 2nd Edition
A collection of stories, activities, and crafts for children
by Desire Webber and others
Libraries Unlimited,

Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club
An exploration of the art of Cherokee storytelling traditions
by Christopher B. Teuton
University of North Carolina Press,

Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Comics (Tales of the World’s Wildest Beasts)
Four Kipling graphic-stories to motivate young learners
Capstone Young Readers,