Elizabeth Burr / Worzalla Award

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Presented by the Wisconsin Library Association for distinguished achievement in children's literature.


Elizabeth Burr / Worzalla Award Winners

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2013 Awards Announcement


 

Zayde Comes to Live, a picture book written by Wisconsin native Sheri Sinykin and illustrated by Kristina Swarner, and Close is Fine: Stories, a novel written by Eliot Treichel, who grew up in the Fox River Valley, have won top honors in the Wisconsin Library Association’s (WLA) annual literary awards conveyed on authors or book illustrators with Wisconsin ties.

Zayde Comes to Live, published by Peachtree Publishers, was selected for the 2013 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award for best children’s literature.  In the book, Rachel, whose beloved grandfather, Zayde, comes to spend his last days with her family, worries what will happen when he dies, especially after her friends tell her the Christian and Muslim beliefs about the afterlife.  

The Children's Book Award Committee also named Peter and Connie Roop as Notable Wisconsin Authors/Illustrators for their contribution to the world of children's literature.

Seven noteworthy titles have also been selected for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature, written and/or illustrated by Wisconsin book creators:

Little Dog Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
Marching to the Mountaintop by Ann Bausum
• The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
• The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
• Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes
• Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Louge
• Rabbit’s Snow Dance by Jeff Newman



2012 Awards Announcement

 Bluefish 

The Young Adult novel, “Bluefish,” written by Wisconsin native Pat Schmatz and published by Candlewick Press, has won the 2012 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature for children written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator.

In “Bluefish” we meet Travis, a middle school student dealing with relocating to a new town, his alcoholic grandfather at home, and being an outsider at school. Travis befriends Velveeta, an outsider herself who has her own secrets. Travis finds guidance and direction through his friendship with Velveeta and through the kindness of his teacher Mr. McQueen who teaches Travis how to read. Pat Schmatz weaves a wonderfully written story, full of charming characters and a strong theme of friendship.

The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Tom Lichtenheld Notable Wisconsin Author/Illustrator for his contribution to the world of children’s literature.

Seven noteworthy titles have also been selected for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature, written and/or illustrated by Wisconsin book creators:
•    “Ashes” by Ilsa J. Bick
•    “Ten Little Caterpillars” illustrated by Lois Ehlert
•    “Stupid Fast” by Geoff Herbach
•    “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
•    “Big Turtle” by David McLimans
•    “The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True” by Gerald Morris
•    “The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families” by Susan L. Roth

The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award is made possible by the Worzalla Publishing Company, Stevens Point, through a grant to the WLA Foundation.

The 2011 Children’s Book Award Committee members consist of Ruhama Kordatzky Bahr, Chair; Barbara Huntington, retired, DPI-DLTCL; Jennifer McNaughton, Greendale Public Library; Jeni Schomber, Beloit Public Library; Elizabeth Timmins, Muehl Public Library; Dawn Wacek, Rice Lake Public Library; Arin Wilken, Mondovi Public Library.


2011

2010


Cork and Fuzz: the Babysitters Author: Dori Chaconas

Yes Day!

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
HarperCollins, 2009

2009

2008

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Dave McKean
HarperCollins, 2008
Rabbit's Gift

Rabbit's Gift: a Fable from China

Author: George Shannon
Illustrator: Laura Dronzek
Harcourt, 2007

2007

2006

Freedom Riders: John Lewis & Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement

Freedom Riders: John Lewis & Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Right Movement

Author: Ann Bausum
National Geographic, 2006
Invisible

Invisible

Author: Pete Hautman
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2005

2005

2004

Kitten's First Full Moon

Kitten's First Full Moon

Author: Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2004
Harvesting Hope

Harvesting Hope: the Story of Cesar Chavez

Author: Kathleen Krull
Harcourt, 2003

2003

2002

Coraline

Author: Neil Gaiman
HarperCollins, 2002
Understanding Buddy

Understanding Buddy

Author: Marc Kornblatt
Margaret McElderry, 2001

2001

2000

Lives of Extraordinary Women

Lives of Extraordinary Women

Author: Kathleen Krull
Harcourt, 2000
Sector 7

Sector 7

Author: David Wiesner
Houghton Mifflin, 2000

1999

1998

Freedom Train North: Stories of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

Freedom Train North: Stories of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

Author: Julia Pferdehirt
Living History Press, 1998
Sun and Spoon

Sun & Spoon

Author: Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, 1997

1997

1996

Echoes for the Eye: Poems to Celebrate Patterns of Nature

Echoes for the Eye: Poems to Celebrate Patterns of Nature

Author: Barbara Juster Esbensen
HarperCollins, 2006
Protecting Marie

Protecting Marie

Author: Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, 1995

1995

1994

Cranberries: Fruit of the Bogs

Cranberries: Fruit of the Bogs

Author: Diane Burns
Photographs: Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Carolrhoda, 1994
Shizuko's Daughter

Shizuko's Daughter

Author: Kyoko Mori
Henry Holt, 1993

1993

1992

Words of Stone

Words of Stone

Author: Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, 1992
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Author: Lois Ehlert
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991

Award Criteria

  • Books to be considered for this award must be published in the calendar year preceding the presentation of the award.
  • The award is given for a single publication, not for the body of an author/illustrator's work.
  • The work must be written or illustrated by a person who was born in Wisconsin, or is currently living in Wisconsin, or who lived in Wisconsin for a significant length of time.
  • The work must be notable and contribute to the world of children's literature.
  • Only original works written or illustrated for children or young adults will be considered. Books that are traditional in origin will be eligible if they are the result of original research and if the retelling or interpretation is that of the author or illustrator.
  • Textbooks will not be considered.