Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

About the Award

This award was established by the Westchester Library System to honor Anne Izard, noted librarian, storyteller and Children’s Services Consultant who died in 1990. It is hoped the award will highlight and promote distinguished titles published in the field of storytelling and in doing so, bring the many riches of storytelling itself to a much greater public recognition.

The Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award is sponsored by the Westchester Library Association. The award seeks to bring the riches of storytelling to greater public awareness by highlighting and promoting distinguished books on storytelling published for children and adults. Folklore, fiction, biography and historical stories must be entirely successful without consideration of graphic elements. Books which enrich a storyteller’s understanding of story, folk traditions, aesthetics, and methods of storytelling are also eligible. The 11th Award winning books – an Augusta Baker’s dozen – were published in the between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.

2015 Awards

Tuesday, June 16th at 9:00 AM

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2013-2014 Award Winners [presented in June 2015]


The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff, Peachtree Publishers 2014

Ol Clip Clop a Ghost Story by Pat McKissack, Holiday House 2013

You Never Heard of Willie Mays by Jonah Winter, Schwartz & Wade Books 2013

Every Day a Holiday by Elizabeth Ellis, Parkhurst Books, 2014

Mysterious Traveler by Mal Peet, Candlewick Press 2013

King of Little Things by Bill Lepp, Peachtree 2013

Beyond the Briar Patch by Lyn Ford, Parkhurst Brothers 2014

Golden Age of Folk & Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes, Hackette Publishing 2013

Teaching With Story by Margaret Read MacDonald, August House 2014

Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heligman, Roaring Brook Press 2013

Story By Story by Karen Chace, Parkhurst 2014

Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales From Mexico by Judy Goldman, Charlesbridge 2013

Once Upon a Time: a Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner, Oxford University Press 2014

2013 Awards

The Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award Rocked! Thank  you to our wonderful story spinners: Christopher Cardinale, illustrator of  George Ella Lyon’s “Which Side Are You On?”; Willy Claflin accompanying Maynard  the Moose to speak of realities only moose dare notice; Elizabeth Ellis showing  how beautifully plot becomes Story; Margaret Read MacDonald giving a Snot-Nosed  Boy the credit he deserves; and Ron Suresha recounting stories of the wise fool,  Mullah Nasruddin. A heady brew of tales amid poignant memories of Anne Izard and  Diana Wolkstein. The Westchester Library Association deserves laud and honor for  not just continuing, but advancing, the AIAward. Thank you one and  all!

In Memory of Diana Wolkstein


Here is the list of the Eleventh Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award recipients:

Bateman, Teresa. The Leprechaun under the Bed. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Holiday House, 2012.

Claflin, Willy. Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale. Illustrated by James Stimson. August House, 2011

Ellis, Elizabeth. From Plot to Narrative: A Step-By-Step Process of Story Creation and Enhancement. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.

Ford, Lyn. Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.

Gotschall, Jonathan. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Hamilton, Mary. Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies. University Press of Kentucky, 2012.

Lyon, George Ella. Which Side Are You On: The Story of a Song. Illustrated by Christopher Cardinale. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Boy from the Dragon Palace. Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Albert Whitman and Company, 2011.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion Books an imprint of Disney/Jump at the Sun, 2012.

Pullman, Philip. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. Viking Adult, 2012

Strauss, Linda Leopold. The Elijah’s Door: A Passover Tale. Illustrated by Alexie Natchev. Holiday House, 2012.

Suresha, Ron J The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. Lethe Press, 2011

Van Dusen, Chris. King Hugo’s Huge Ego. Candlewick, 2011.


Anne Izard Eligibility and Selection Criteria

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Cumulative List of Anne Izard Storytelling Award Winners

Biography of Anne Izard