The 2013 Storytelling World Resource Awards

Below are the 2013 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 2013 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.)


The Bully Goat Grim
A Maynard Moose twist on an old classic
Book and CD by Willy Claflin
August House,

Wings Within
A story to help children discover their own special traits
by Franklin Hill
Illumination Arts Publishing,

The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers
A twist on the traditional story
by Lisa Campbell Ernst


Last in Line
A story for character education
by Brian Cretney
Gospel Folio Press,

Big Little Brother
A story about having a younger brother who is physically bigger
by Kevin Kling
Borealis Books,

Mary and Her Little Lamb
The true story of the famous nursery rhyme
by Will Moses

Dollars and Sense
A poetic story of how a young Jewish boy learned the value of money
by Tehilla Deutsch

Category 2

Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners

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


Love Twelve Miles Long
An episode in the life of young Frederick Douglass
by Glenda Armand
Lee & Low Books,

A Christmas Spider’s Miracle
An old Ukrainian story of two mothers protecting their young
by Trinka Hakes Noble
Sleeping Bear Press,

The Wooden Sword
A Jewish folktale from Afghanistan
by Ann Redisch Stampler
Albert Whitman,

Nickels for Dimes
The story of a young swindler
On CD Bobby Pins, by Linda Goodman
Road Candy Records,

Baby Flo
The story of the childhood of the African-American entertainer Florence Mills
by Alan Schroeder
Lee & Low Books,

The House on Dirty-Third Street
A story of faith, hard work, and neighborly support
by Jo S. Kittinger

The Camping Trip That Changed America
How John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt protected America’s forests
by Barb Rosenstock


The Flying Canoe
A Christmas folktale
by Eric A. Kimmel
Holiday House,

Bill the Boy Wonder
The story of the secret co-creator of Batman
by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Strega Nona’s Gift
An adventure during the feasts of Italy
by Tomie dePaola
Nancy Paulsen Books,

The Christmas Tree Ship
The story of the Great Lakes schooner Rouse Simmons’ last voyage
by Carol Crane
Sleeping Bear Press,

The Leprechaun Under the Bed
A story of unexpected friendship
by Teresa Bateman
Holiday House,

Vitricia Malicia
The story of a book-loving buccaneer
by Carrie Clickard
Flashlight Press,

The Sandal Artist
A story reminder of how it feels to walk in another’s shoes
by Kathleen T. Pelley
Pelican Publishers,

Category 3

Stories for Adolescent Listeners

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


Young People Who Made a Difference
Inspiring true stories of determination and sacrifice
CD by Kate Dudding,

A young woman’s discovery of inner beauty
On CD Bobby Pins, by Linda Goodman
Road Candy Records,

Irena’s Jars of Secrets
The story of the woman who smuggled 2500 Jewish children out of Warsaw
by Marcia Vaughan
Lee & Low Books,

The Strange Story of Bobby Box
The touching story of an orphaned boy
by Alexander McCall Smith
In What You Wish For, Stories and Poems for Darfur (Multiple authors)


Legend of the Mingo Black
The story of a childhood adventure
On CD The Mingo Black by Adam Booth

Silent Star
The story of deaf major league baseball player William Hoy
by Bill Wise
Lee & Low Books,

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
The story behind Carson’s writing Silent Spring
by Laurie Lawlor
Holiday House,

Worst of Friends
The true story of the feud between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

Monet Paints a Day
A short monologue-story told in first person by “Monet”
by Julie Danneberg

Category 4

Stories for Adult Listeners

(See also Categories 3, 5, 6.)


There Was a Time
A story about respecting the elderly
On CD Wears Like Iron, by Teresa Clark

Bobby Pins
The story of a young swindler
On CD with same name, by Linda Goodman
Road Candy Records,

A heart-rending sacrifice one dying girl makes for another
by Karen Hesse
In What You Wish For, Stories and Poems for Darfur (Multiple authors)

Category 5

Storytelling Collections

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


Affrilachian Tales
Folktales from the African-American Appalachian tradition
by Lyn Ford
Parkhurst Brothers,

Kentucky Folktales
A collection of folktales, legends, tall tales, and ghost stories
by Mary Hamilton
University Press of Kentucky,


Gloucestershire Folk Tales
Thirty enchanting tales of Gloucestershire
by Anthony Nanson
The History Press,

The Beautiful Cloth
Stories and proverbs from Ghana
by The Rev. Sister Rosiana A. Ampah
Yellow Moon Press,

Women Explorers
Short narratives about women born before 1900 (for teens or preteens)
by Julia Cummins

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.)


Live at Freight & Salvage
Four of Michael Katz’s favorite folktales delivered in his unique animated style
DVD by Michael Katz

High Dive
A collection of stories that “could have happened”
CD by Bill Harley
Round River Music,

In Her Own Fashion
The true story of Ninette Griffith’s unusual life
CD by Dolores Hydock

Risk Assessment
Stories of mischief and fun
CD by Andy Offutt Irwin
Road Candy Records,

No Tricks. Just Magic.
A collection of fairy tales for all ages
CD by Megan Hicks,

Head Bone Rattles
Eerie stories spiced with unique imagery
CD by Kim Weitkamp
Road Candy Records,

Yankee Ingenuity
Stories of headstrong and resourceful people
CD by JoRadner


Blackberry Love
A variety of entertaining stories and songs
CD by Cynthia Restivo and Bill Roberson

1001 Years of 1001 Nights
Tales from Scheherazade
CD by Mary Grace Ketner

The Last American Gladiator
Action stories for all ages
CD by Slash Coleman

Life is the Treasure
Okinawan Memories of WWII
DVD by Alton Takiyama-Chung,
The Story Tree
Original and ancestral earth-loving tales
CD by Jenni Cargill-Strong,


Cathryn Tells Celtic
A collection of ancient Celtic tales
Kateryn Parr Tells All
The historically accurate story of all six queens of Henry VIII
CDs by Cathryn Fairlee

Waiting for Roy & Other Family Tales
A collection of personal stories
CD by Donna Ingham

Category 7

Special Storytelling Resources


The New Book of Plots
How to construct engaging narratives for storytelling
by Loren Niemi
Parkhurst Brothers,

The Storytelling Animal
An in-depth explanation of the power and psychology of “story” in all phases of humanity (extending well beyond live telling and into novels, film, sports, business, dreams, etc.)
by Jonathan Gottschall
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,

From Plot to Narrative
A step-by-step process of story creation and enhancement
by Elizabeth Ellis
Parkhurst Brothers,

The Library Dragon
Carmen’s reading of her winning book with same title
CD by Carmen Agra Deedy

What Happens Next?
A discussion of contemporary urban legends and popular culture
by Gail de Vos
Libraries Unlimited,


Words of Re-Enchantment
A collection of British reflections on storytelling issues
by Anthony Nanson
Awen Publications,

All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps
Brief oral histories involving romantic relationships
by Dave Isay

Social Studies in the Storytelling Classroom
A collection of informational essays about exploring our country’s cultural voices and perspectives
by Jane Stenson and Sherry Norfolk
Parkhurst Brothers,

Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail and Other Book Bites
A collection of short illustrated story beginnings designed to entice very young children to tell their own original stories
by Martin Springett
Fitzhenry & Whiteside,

101 Games That Teach Storytelling Skills
A variety of activities to help develop oral delivery skills
by Anthony and Michelle “Mike” Burcher
Healthy Learning,