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Below are the 1999 winners and honors selected from several hundred nominated stories, books, and recordings. The major evaluative criterion for the stories was "story-listener appeal" (rather than ease in retelling) and "usefulness for story-tellers" for the items considered in Category 7. Beneath each award title is a short descriptive phrase about the resource contents. For resources not independently produced, a publisher's code is enclosed in parentheses after the author/performer's name. The ordering information for these award resources is provided at the end of this section. For color photos of ALL honored resources identified below, see the 1999 Summer/Fall issue of Storytelling World. Click here for information about obtaining a copy of this issue.

Category 1: Stories for Young Listeners

(See also Categories 2, 5, 6.)


Sister Anne's Hands, A black nun in the 60s cleverly teaches tolerance. by Marybeth Lorbiecki, Dial/ISBN 0-8037-2038-6

Used-Up-Bear, Bear copes with feeling unlovable and old. by Clay Carmichael, North -South/ISBN 1-55858-901-5


Rotten Teeth, Melissa appalls her teacher at show and tell with rotten teeth from her father's dental lab. by Laura Simms, Houghton Mifflin/ISBN 0-395-82850-3

The Brave Little Parrot, A traditional jataka tale from India in which Parrot tries to squelch a forest fire--one drop at a time. retold by Rafe Martin G.P,. Putnam/ISBN 0-399-22825-X

I Miss Franklin P. Shuckles, Molly and classmates reject a friend who is odd-then regret the lost friendship. by Ulana Snihura, Annick/ISBN 1-55037-516-4

The King with Dirty Feet, By Pomme Clayton A recrafted traditional tale about a king's problem. From The King with Dirty Feet (and other stories from around the world) Compiled by Mary Medlicott, Kingfisher/ISBN 0-7534-5165-4

Show and Tell Bunnies, A story about a bizarre (science-related) mystery object that Clyde brings to show and tell. By Kathryn Lasky, Candlewick/ISBN 0-7636-0396-1

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! An ode to the unorthodox thinker in a school where individuality is prized. By Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky, Alfred A. Knopf/ISBN 0-679-89008-4

Tale of a Tail, Fox is surprised after he schemes to avoid sharing his fish with bumbling Bear. By Judit Z. Bodnar, William Morrow/ISBN- 0-688-12174-8

Category 2

Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners

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


The Man of the House at Huffington Row, Neighbors help fatherless children enjoy a very special Christmas. By Mary Brigid Barrett, Harcourt/ISBN 0-15-201580-9


Thank You, Mr. Falker, A true story about a hidden learning disability. By Patricia Polacco, Philomel/ISBN 0-399-23166-8

Old Jake's Skirts, Jake's drab life is changed by a discovered trunk. By C. Anne Scott, Rising Moon/ISBN 0-87358-615-8

The Summer My Father Was Ten, A father's story about making amends. By Pat Brisson, Boyds Mills/ISBN 1-56397-435-5

Weighing the Elephant, A Chinese Math-Related Story By Ting-xing Ye, Annick/ISBN 1-55037-526-1

The Hatmaker's Sign, A story by Benjamin Franklin about a shop's sign. Retold by Candace Fleming, Orchard/ISBN 0-531-30075-7

Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior, A Chinese legend of a brave girl who masquerades as a boy in the Khan's army. By Robert D. San Souci, Hyperion/ISBN 0-7868-0346-0

Leprechaun Gold, A leprechaun's unique reward for an unselfish man. By Teresa Bateman, Holiday House/ISBN 0-8234-1344-6

Boss of the Plains, Having failed at gold mining, Stetson succeeded by making hats. By Laurie Carlson, DK Ink/ISBN 0-7894-2479-7

How Hare Drank Boiling Water and Married the Beautiful Princess, Trickster tale of how Hare outsmarted his friends. From Why Goats Smell Bad and Other Stories from Benin Translated and retold by Raof Mama, Linnet/ISBN 0-208-02469-7

Tea with an Old Dragon, A story about Sophia Smith, founder of Smith College. By Jane Yolen, Boyds Mills/ISBN 1-56397-657-9

Benjamin McFadden and the Robot Babysitter, Benjamin rewires a robot and gets a surprise. By Timothy Bush, Crown/ISBN 0-517-79984-7

Category 3

Stories for Adolescent Listeners

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


Shake Rag, A story of how Elvis Presley coped with poverty. By Amy Littlesugar, Philomel/ISBN 0399-23005-X


Black Cowboy, Wild Horses, A true story of a former slave and his wild horses. By Julius Lester, Dial/ISBN 0-8037-1787-3

Pegasus, the Flying Horse, A retelling of the Greek myth of Bellerphon. Retold by Jane Yolen, Dutton/ISBN 0-525-65244-2

A Weave of Words, An Armenian tale of marriage stipulations. Retold by Robert D. San Souci, Orchard/ISBN 0-531-30053-6

There's a Hair in My Dirt!, A worm's twisted look at Nature and life. (Great science lessons!) Use with caution-some words/concepts may be offensive, but they may be easily screened out before use with young learners. By Gary Larson (of Far Side fame), HarperCollins/ISBN 0-06-019104-X

The Crystal Heart, A Vietnamese legend of a shallow girl of privilege and a fisherman of low-birth. Retold by Aaron Shepard, Simon & Schuster/ISBN 0-689-81551-4

The Crane Wife, A poor, greedy Japanese sailmaker ignores his wife's one request and faces unsettling consequences. Retold by Odds Bodkin, Harcourt/ISBN 0-15-201407-1

The Armchair Traveler, ,A tale from India about one who learned from books instead of travel. From The Bronze Cauldron: Myths and Legends of the World Collected and retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, Simon & Schuster/ ISBN 0-689-81758-4

Words, A boy's tough decision concerning his plagiarism. By Diane Curtis Reagan From Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets, Edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Viking/ISBN 0-670-87911-8

The Red Corduroy Shirt, A coming-of-age story involving a Chinese boy and a Hungarian boy. By Joseph Kertes, Stoddart/ISBN 0-7737-3066-4

Category 4

Stories for Adult Listeners

(See also Categories 3, 5, 6.)


Caesar, A hilarious account of owning a Great Dane. From My Life in Dog Years By Gary Paulsen, Delacorte/ISBN 0-385-32570-3

Bacchus, A humorous retelling of the Greek myth. From Greek Myths, Western Style By Barbara McBride-Smith, August House/ISBN 0-87483-524-0


From Slave Ship to Freedom Road, An unusual work about slavery-a very challenging telling, lending more to tandem delivery or discussion. By Julius Lester, Dial/ISBN 0-8037-1893-4

The Fourth Wise Man, A story about finding the true meaning of Christmas. Based by the story by Henry Van Dyke Retold by Susan Summers, Dial/ISBN 0-8037-2312-1

Solomon's Advice (and) The Golden Tree Two, stories of life and relationships. From the audiotape Once Upon a Midlife: Classic Stories and Mythic Tales to Illuminate the Middle Years, By Allan B. Chinen Told by Dan Keding and Janice Del Negro, August House/ISBN0-87483-429-5

Stories on a Headboard, Stories behind the dates carved on a bed's headboard. By Elaine Pondant The True Spirit of Christmas Student beautician learns a lesson of kindness and dignity. By Carolyn S. Steele Beauty Contest A young boy gives his honest opinion of "beauty." By Carla Muir All from A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul Collected by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, and Marci Shimoff, HCI/ISBN1-55874-622-6

Category 5

Storytelling Collections

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


Greek Myths, Western Style, Toga tales with an attitude. By Barbara McBride Smith, August House/ISBN 0-87483-524-0

Jackie Tales, The magic of creating stories and numerous specific hints for how to tell them. By Jackie Torrence, Avon/ISBN 0-380-97582-3


Let My People Go, Bible stories told by a freeman of color. By Patricia and Fredick McKissack, Simon & Schuster/ISBN 0-689-80856-9

Doorways to the Soul, 52 wisdom tales from around the world. Edited by Elisa Davy Pearmain, Pilgrim/ISBN 0-8298-1286-5

Living Stories of the Cherokee, Stories and information about Cherokee tribes. Collected and edited by Barbara R. Duncan, UNC/ISBN 0-8078-2411-9

Bird Tales from Near & Far, Bird stories and accompanying activities. Retold (and prepared) by Susan Milord, Williamson/ISBN 1-885593-18-X

Mary on Horseback, Three stories of nurses who gave medical help to mountain people. By Rosemary Wells, Dial/ISBN 0-8037-2154-4

Sower's Seeds of Encouragement: Fifth Planting, 100 Stories of hope, humor, and healing. By Brian Cavanaugh, T.O.R., Paulist/ISBN 0-8091-3811-5

Why Leopard Has Spots, Dan stories from Liberia. By Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert, Fulcrum/ISBN 1-55591-344-X

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.)


The Grand Canyon (and) The Big Screen Drive-In Theater, Leg-slapping accounts of working at a drive-in theater and a Grand Canyon mule trek. Audiotapes by Donald Davis, August House/ISBN The Grand Canyon-0-87483-534-8 The Big Screen-0-87483-535-6

The Soul of Hope, A Jewish mystical adventure tale about how the world can be put right again through faith and sacrifice. Audiotapes by Doug Lipman


John Henry, A tall tale for young listeners. Videotape-story by Julius Lester, Weston/ISBN 0-78820-738-5

Strawberries in Winter, Six classic stories crafted "Dan Keding" style.(and) Rudy and the Roller Skate Several inspiring personal stories. Audiotapes by Dan Keding (Turtle Creek)

Chrysanthemum, How a youngster deals with her unusual name. Videotape-story by Kevin Henkes performed by Meryl Streep, Weston/ISBN 0-78820-726-1

Texas Ghost Stories II, History and legends weave throughout several macabre Texas tales. Audiotape by doc Moore and Tim Tingle, Storytribe/ISBN 1-8863-3403-X

7 Stories Tall, Stories and songs in traditional tales. Audiotape by Jack Pearson (OtterTunity)

Dancing with Fire, Eight personal stories of wisdom and observation. Audiotape by Jay O'Callahan (Artna)

Sees Behind Trees, Story of a sight-impaired Native American boy. Audiobook-story by Michael Dorris (performed by Joseph Bruchac), Listening Library/ISBN 0-8072-7956-0

Category 7

Special Storytelling Resources


The Power of Personal Storytelling, Information for crafting personal stories. By Jack Maguire, Tarcher/Putnam/ISBN 0-87477-930-8


Travel the Globe, Multicultural stories and activities. By Desiree Webber, Dee Ann Corn, Elaine Harrod, Donna Norvell, Sandy Shropshire, Libraries Unlimited/ISBN 1-56308-501-1

Teaching Through Stories: Yours, Mine, and Theirs, Inventive teaching techniques through stories. By Betty D. Roe, Suellen Alfred, Sandy Smith, Christopher-Gordon/ISBN 0-926-/842-71-4

Story: From Fireplace to Cyberspace-Connecting Children and Narrative, 11 papers presented at the 39th Allerton Park Institute edited by Betsy Hearne, Janice Del Negro, Christine Jenkins, Deborah Stevenson, University of Illinois/ISBN 0-87845-105-6

Think Rather of Zebra, How to deal with poverty through stories. Adapted by Jay Stailey and Ruby Payne, RFT/ISBN 0-9647437-5-2

Four Great Rivers to Cross, Stories with accompanying discussions of Cheyenne culture and history. By Patrick M. Mendoza, Ann Strange Owl-Raben, Nico Strange Owl, Teacher Ideas/ISBN 1-56308-471-6

Shadow Spinner, An inspirational account of how a crippled girl helped Sharazad craft her last stories. By Susan Fletcher, Simon & Schuster/ISBN 0-689-81852-1


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August House, P.O. Box 3223, Little Rock, AR 72203
Barefoot Books, 18 Highbury Terrace, London N5 IVP
Boyds Mills Press, 815 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431
BridgeWater Books, 100 Corporate Dr., Mahwah, NJ 07430
Creative Pages, 8 Beth Circle, Acton, MA 01720
Delacorte/Bantam/Doubleday/Dell, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Dial Books for Young Readers, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
Dutton, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
Fulcrum Publishing, 350 Indiana St., Suite 350, Golden, CO 80401
Greathall Productions, P.O. Box 813, Benicia, CA 94510
Harcourt Brace & Company, 525 B Street, Suite 1900, San Diego, CA 92101
HarperCollins Publishers, 10 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022
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Henry Holt and Company, 115 West 18th St., New York, NY 10011
High Windy Audio, P.O. Box 553, Fairview, NC 28730
Holiday House, 425 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017
H.W. Wilson, 950 University Ave., Bronx, NY 10452-4224
Hyperion Books for Children, 114 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011
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