The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin
wins Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award
While mindful of the established standards of excellence in literature, the primary intention of this award is to honor books that can be used with confidence as resources for storytellers.
Stories must be entirely successful without depending upon illustrations, graphic elements, or audio-visual media.
Collections, as well as individual picture book versions of stories, will be considered.
Folk tales should be distinguished by an outstanding style, which makes the particular version notable. Authenticity, scholarship, and documentation will be taken into consideration, but are not the sole criteria.
Distinguished examples of original stories should preserve, promote and/or honor an oral tradition.
Non-fiction narratives, including poetry and biography, will be considered.
Books which deepen and enrich a storyteller’s understanding of the meaning and uses of story, as well as books pertaining to folk traditions, aesthetics, methods and study of storytelling are eligible.
Here is a complete list of this year’s 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.