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Awards and Reviews

National Storytelling Network Awards

These include: Lifetime Achievement Award, Circle of Excellence Award, Distinguished National Service Award, Talking Leaves, International StoryBridge Award, and US Regional Awards. Nomination instructions are included here.

Storytelling World Award

Most storytellers donít have time to examine all of the new resources published or recorded each year, but they want to find out about the most exciting new stories that audiences of various ages would enjoy hearing and storytelling resources that offer information about the field of storytelling. Each year Storytelling World selects a panel of several qualified judges (with a variety of professional, personal, and geographic backgrounds) who spend several months in an intensive evaluation process to select awards for seven categories. Submission details are listed here.

Grammy Award: Spoken Word

There are two categories, for adults and for children, which each include poetry, audio books and storytelling. Recently storyteller Bill Harley won the 2006 Grammy for the Best Spoken Word Album for Children for his CD Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs. Submission details are available here: you must represent a media company or be a Grammy Recording Academy member in order to submit an entry.

John Henry Faulk Award

The John Henry Faulk Award is presented annually by the Tejas Storytelling Association to the person who has contributed the most toward the art of storytelling in the Southwest. It is presented at the Texas Storytelling Festival held in Denton, Texas every Spring, and is the most prestigious award given in the name of storytelling in the entire state.

iParenting Media Awards: Storytelling

Storytelling is included in their Audio Category. Submission details are listed here.

Parents' Choice Awards

Storytelling is included in their Audio Category. Submission details are listed here. Note that there are only two "Call for Entries" time periods each year for audio products.

National Parenting Publications Association (NAPPA) Spoken Word and Storytelling Awards

There are three categories from NAPPA: Infants and Toddlers, Ages 4 and Up, and Ages 8 and Up. Submission details are listed here (a pdf file).

REVIEWS

Book Links

Published by the American Library Association, Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms is a magazine designed for teachers, librarians, library media specialists, booksellers, parents, and other adults interested in connecting children with books. In response to the use of children's trade books in the classroom, the curriculum role of the school library media center, the increased programming in public libraries, and the heavy reliance of child-care centers on children's literature, Book Links publishes bibliographies, essays linking books on a similar theme, retrospective reviews, and other features targeted at those educating young people. Submission details are listed here.

School Library Journal

School Library Journal is the leading print magazine serving librarians who work with young people in schools and public libraries. It gives librarians up-to-date information needed to integrate libraries into the school curriculum, become leaders in the areas of technology, reading, and information literacy, and create high-quality collections for children and young adults. Submission details are listed here.

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