The 2021 Storytelling World Resource Awards

This section features the 2021 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 in other sections of this website.

Category 1: Stories for Young Listeners

(See also Categories 2, 5, 6.)


The Talking Baobab Tree
A folktale about wisdom and greed
by Nelda LaTeef
Sub-Saharan Publishers,

How the Rabbit Lost Its Tail
A retold Haitian tale about how jealousy can be self-defeating
by Len Cabral
Parkhurst Brothers,
Feast of Peas
A rhyming garden mystery
by Kashmira Sheth
Peachtree Publishing Company,


The Little Ghost Who Lost Her BOO!
A poetic story designed for audience participation
by Elaine Bickell
Philomel Books,
Home in the Woods
A story about family unity during the Great Depression
by Eliza Wheeler
Nancy Paulsen Books,
The Society of Distinguished Lemmings
A new look at rules and friendships
by Julie Colombet
Peachtree Publishing Company,

Felix and the Monsters
A story about bringing people together
by Josh and Monica Holtsclaw
Nancy Paulsen Books,
Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention
Another look at childhood competition
by Pip Jones
Peachtree Publishing Company,

Category 2

Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners

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


Fauja Singh Keeps Going
The true story of the oldest person ever to run a marathon
by Simran Jeet Singh
Follow Chester
The story of how the 1947 Harvard football team fought racism
by Gloria Respress-Churchwell

Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall
A poetic story about fulfilling one’s dreams
by Derek Hughes
Penguin Workshop,


The Cat Man of Aleppo
A story portraying the effects of war on animals
by Irene Latham and Kirim Shamsi-Basha
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,  
Cézanne’s Parrot
An insight into the life of the “father of modern art”
by Amy Guglielmo
G. P. Putnam’s Sons,
She Persisted in Sports
Story vignettes about female Americans who changed the game
by Chelsea Clinton
Philomel Books,

Category 3

Stories for Adolescent Listeners

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


Of Some Midwinter Magic
A cautionary tale about envy
In Medieval Folk Tales for Children, by Dave Tonge
The History Press,
The Unstoppable Garrett Morgan
The true story of a Black inventor, entrepreneur, and hero
by Joan DiCicco
Lee & Low Books,
A tender story about the possible effects of a good deed
In Brother Dog: Southern Tales & Hollywood Adventures, by Harry Thomason
Parkhurst Brothers,
Mario and the Hole in the Sky
The true story of a Mexican American chemist’s work on CFCs and the ozone layer
by Elizabeth Rusch


Category 4

Stories for Adult Listeners

(See also Categories 3, 5, 6.)


Of the Poor Gentleman and His Hawk
The story of a world turned upside down
In Tudor Folk Tales, by Dave Tonge
The History Press,
Chairs in the Trees
A powerful description of prejudice
On CD with same name, by Donna Washington
DLW Storyteller,


Elizabeth Cotton and the Old Christmas Hum
An original non-fiction story connecting Cotton and the Seeger family
On CD Make My Present Small, by Adam Miller,

Category 5

Storytelling Collections

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


Stories from 500-1000 years ago mixed with added morsels of history
by Dave Tonge
The History Press,
Folktales for Fearless Girls
Stories of heroines who have faced and conquered difficult challenges
by Myriam Sayalero
Philomel Books,
Brother Dog: Southern Tales & Hollywood Adventures
Personal stories of childhood mischief and adult challenges
by Harry Thomason
Parkhurst Brothers,


America’s Outlaws and the Treasures They Left Behind
True accounts of the undiscovered loot from Wild West robberies
by W.C. Jameson
August House,

Mr. Baitenswitch
26 ghost stories for organizations
by J. Thomas Sparough
Wannabe Farms
Six story poems about animals with dreams
by Brian McCann
Penguin Workshop,
Stories of a Forest Ranger
Personal accounts about life in the U.S. Forest Service
by Pete Griffin
Parkhurst Brothers,

Category 6

Storytelling Recordings

Digital Downloads, 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 Sheep-Shearing Beautician and Other Festival Stories
Original personal stories
DVD by Donna Marie Todd
Lost Hearts and Other Creepy Stories
Chilling stories that offer a dark dose of fiendish fun
CD by Ingrid Nixon
Walking with Ancient Wisdom
Four stories from around the world
CD by Donna Washington
DLW Storyteller,
World’s Second-Best Dad
A collection of family stories
Digital download by Antonio Sacre
I Love You, Will You Bury Me?
It’s a Miracle!
Personal stories from childhood
2 CDs by Regi Carpenter
Tales from the Arabian Nights
Three lesser-known stories from a variety of sources
CD by Jane Ogburn Dorfman


Trickster Tales from Around the World
Original adaptations of traditional stories
CD by Anne Rutherford

Category 7

Special Storytelling Resources


Tudor Folk Tales
A variety of folktales, each with a historical background introduction
by Dave Tonge
The History Press,
Point of View and the Emotional Arc of Stories
A handbook for writers and storytellers
by Loren Niemi and Nancy Donoval
Parkhurst Brothers,
Supporting Diversity and Inclusion with Story
Authentic folktales and discussion guides
by Lyn Ford and Sherry Norfolk, Editors
ABC-CLIO/Libraries Unlimited
Speak Peace: Words of Wisdom, Work, & Wonder
A compilation of peacemaking tools, stories, and interviews
Collected by Lyn Ford and Sherry Norfolk
Parkhurst Brothers,


Raise Your Voice
Story information about 12 protests that shaped America
by Jeffrey Kluger
Philomel Books,
Hanuman’s Quest
The story from the epic Ramayana
by Andy Fraenkel  
The Storyteller’s Devotional
An exploration of earthly stories with heavenly values
by Clifton West,  
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 provide this type of information. As is, they aren’t tellable stories, but they offer text for varied and creative compositions:

      From Penguin Workshop:
What is the Civil Rights Movement? by Sherri L. Smith
Who Was Nellie Bly? by Margaret Gurevich
Who Was Benedict Arnold? by James Buckley, Jr.
Who Is Greta Thunberg? by Ann Leonard
Who Was Celia Cruz? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso
What Is the Story of Dracula? by Michael Burgan Who Was Kobe Bryant? by Ellen Labrecque

      From Viking Books:
We Are Makers: Real Women and Girls Shaping Our World, by Amy Richards
       From Lee & Low Books:
The Story of Environmentalist Wangari Maathai, by Jen Cullerton Johnson
The Story of Olympic Diver Sammy Lee, by Paula Yoo
The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls, by Janet Halfmann

       From Dial Books for Young Readers:
I Am Leonardo da Vinci, by Brad Meltzer






























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