Wisconsin’s writers for young people get more recognition. Here’s news from the Wisconsin Library Association about authors whose books for children that organization has recognized.
Topping the list is Wisconsin native, now Chicago resident, Crystal Chan. He book Bird received WLA’s 2015 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, which is presented annually by the Children’s Book Award Committee of the WLA’s Youth Services Section “to the most distinguished work in literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator,” according to the WLA release.
Another huge honor went to Ann Bausum who was named Notable Author “for her contribution to the world of children’s literature.” Most of Ann’s many books, primarily about historical events and people, are published by National Geographic. Her Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism received the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2007 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award.
Ann’s recently published Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog is one of five books written and/or illustrated by Wisconsinites that the WLA selected for Outstanding Achievement in children’s literature.
The others are:
- The Hula Hoopin’ Queen written by Thelma Lynne Godin
- This is a Moose illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
- Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens written by Julie Mata
- Here Comes the Easter Cat written by Deborah Underwood
CWW congratulations them all!
See more about CWW contests and awards at www.wiswriters.org.