The 2017 Storytelling World Resource Awards

This section features the 2017 winners and honors selected from the numerous 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. Questions may be e-mailed to or they may be answered on the website where these winning resources are featured with embedded links to their respective websites.

Category 1: Stories for Young Listeners

(See also Categories 2, 5, 6.)


The Water Princess

A reminder of the value of taken-for-granted items such as clean water
by Susan Verde
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,

Harry and Walter

A multi-generational friendship story
by Kathy Stinson
Annick Press,

I Am Jane Goodall
I Am George Washington

Biographical stories for the very early grades
Both by Brad Meltzer
Dial Books for Young Readers,


Fritz and the Beautiful Horses
The importance of being dependable and thoughtful rather than beautiful
by Jan Brett
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,

Noni Speaks Up

A story of bravery against bullying
by Heather Hartt-Sussman

No Lie, Pigs (and Their Houses) Can Fly!
A twisted version of “The Three Little Pigs”
by Jessica Gunderson

A Perfect Mess
A struggle to keep from being messy
by Steve Green
Dial Books for Young Readers,

When Santa Was a Baby
A glimpse into “Santa’s” pre-North Pole years.
by Linda Bailey

Hensel and Gretel Ninja Chicks

A modern twist on a classic story
by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,

Memoirs of a Parrot
A friendship story from the parrot’s viewpoint
by Devin Scillian
Sleeping Bear Press,

Over-Scheduled Andrew

A lesson learned about having too many extra activities
by Ashley Spires

Category 2

Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners

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


I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.
A first-person version of King’s life
by Brad Meltzer
Dial Books for Young Readers,

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
A brief biography of the first Southern African-American man to be published
by Don Tate

That Squeak
A story of friendship and grief
by Carolyn Beck
Fitzhenry & Whiteside,

Nice Work, Franklin
An insight into the determination of Franklin D. Roosevelt
by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
Dial Books for Young Readers,


Miss Colfax’s Light
The true story of a determined and dedicated lighthouse keeper
by Aimée Bissonette
Sleeping Bear Press,
Today Is the Day
A story based on real children in Kenyan orphanages
by Eric Walters
The William Hoy Story
How a deaf baseball player changed the game
by Nancy Churnin
Albert Whitman,
Diana’s White House Garden
A true story of how a little girl made a difference with a Victory Garden
by Elisa Carbone
The Legend of Sea Glass
An imaginative explanation of sea glass
by Trinka Hakes Noble
Sleeping Bear Press,
To the Rescue! Garrett Morgan Underground
The story of Morgan’s inventions
by Monica Kulling

Category 3

Stories for Adolescent Listeners

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


Missing Nimâmâ
Two alternating voices addressing missing indigenous women of Canada
by Melanie Florence
Clockwise Press,


The Stamp Collector
A dark tale about the power of stories
by Jennifer Lanthier
Fitzhenry & Whiteside,

Lavinia Nebbs and the Lonely One
A recrafted Ray Bradbury scary story
On CD Late. Night. Stop.
by Robin Schulte
Treehouse Artists,

Voices from the Wild: An Animal Sensagoria
Sensory story poems about animals
by David Bouchard
Fitzhenry & Whiteside,

Category 4

Stories for Adult Listeners

(See also Categories 3, 5, 6.)


By Another Name
An original cautionary tale (inspired by a traditional fairy tale)
In Hot Wind, Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts, by Lyn Ford
Parkhurst Brothers,


Donner Party Survivor
A full-CD true story of the Reed pioneer family’s 1846 trek from Illinois to California
by Cathryn Fairlee

A cautionary “just deserts” faerie tale
In Just One Wish by Bobbie M. Pell
The Best Gifts
A simple story that subtly addresses breastfeeding
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Fitzhenry & Whiteside,

Category 5

Storytelling Collections

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


The Gift of the Unicorn and Other Animal Helper Tales
Stories (and notes/activities) for tellers, educators, and librarians
by Dan Keding and Kathleen A. Brinkmann
Libraries Unlimited,
Aunt Lily and Other Delightfully Perverse Stories
Personal stories about an English childhood
by Jennifer Munro
Parkhurst Brothers,
Ancient & Epic Tales from Around the World
A fresh look at pivotal scenes from some of the world’s oldest stories
by Heather Forest
August House,
Smoky Mountain Jack Tales of Winter and Old Christmas
A collection of nine seasonal Jack tales and 12 bonus stories each written for a fun performance
by W. Lewis Bolton
The Stone Circle Poems
A collection of non-rhyming poems
by Terry Wooten
Parkhurst Brothers,


The Price of Three Stories
Rare folktales from Japan
by Hiroko Fujita and Fran Stallings
Parkhurst Brothers,

Romantically Disturbed
A collection of very short “love poems” that will rip your heart out
by Ben H. Winters
Price Stern Sloan,
How To Fool a Cat
Japanese folktales for children
by Hiroko Fujita and Fran Stallings
Parkhurst Brothers,

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.)


Grimm’s with a Twist
Special retellings of traditional stories
CD by Ingrid Nixon
An original full-CD Appalachian story
CD by Adam Booth
More Than a Cup of Kindness
Three powerful stories about kind deeds
CD by Carol Birch
Silver Birch Productions,

Like You’re Really There…
A live recording at the NSF in Jonesborough
CD by Megan Hicks

An Affrilachian All Hallow’s Eve
A collection of stories for Halloween
CD by Ilene Evans

A modified Ray Bradbury story
CD by Carol Birch
Silver Birch Productions,

Tea in the Slammer
True stories of laughter, faith, and freedom
CD by Geraldine Buckley


A collection of “fractured” tales
CD by The Storycrafters

Category 7

Special Storytelling Resources


Trail Guide for a Crooked Heart
Reflections on a storyteller’s life
by Jim May
Parkhurst Brothers,

Rainbow Crow
An Ojibwe legend in two languages (both print and CD)
by David Bouchard
Red Deer Press,

Echo Echo
“Reverso poems” that reflect classic myths via a series of dual viewpoints
by Marilyn Singer
Dial Books for Young Readers,

Special Note: A frequent request received from Storytelling World readers is for us to suggest resources containing information for crafting new stories. The resources below (including the honors) provide this type of information—as is, they aren’t tellable stories, but they offer text for varied and creative compositions:
Who Was Joan of Arc? (by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso)
Who Was Milton Bradley? (by Kristen Anderson)
What Are the Summer Olympics? (by Gail Herman)
Where Is Alcatraz? (by Nico Medina)
What Was Woodstock? (by Joan Holub)
Where Is the Brooklyn Bridge? (by Megan Stine)
What Were the Twin Towers? (by Jim O’Connor)
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(Only two of these resources are pictured.)


Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic
A memoir
by Bobby Norfolk
Parkhurst Brothers,

Astrid Lindgren: Storyteller to the World (by Johanna Hurwitz)
Maya Angelou: Journey of the Heart (by Jayne Pettit)
They Did What? 50 Impressive Kids and Their Amazing (and True!) Stories (by Saundra Mitchell)
Puffin Books,
(Only two of these resources are pictured.)