Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Wisconsin Children's Book Award Winners have been announced!


Ten Ways to Hear Snow written by Cathy Camper and illustrated by
Kenard Pak 
wins 2021 Burr/Worzalla Award

Picture book Ten Ways to Hear Snow, written by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Kenard Pak, and published by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Books USA, has won the esteemed 2021 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually presents the Burr/Worzalla Award to the most distinguished work in children’s and young adult literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. Ten Ways to Hear Snow is a stunning addition to the picture book genre from Camper, who was born in Wisconsin.

A snowy day, a trip to Grandma’s, time spent cooking with one another, and space to pause and discover the world around you come together in this perfect book for reading and sharing on a cozy winter day.

One winter morning, Lina wakes up to silence. It’s the sound of snow — the kind that looks soft and glows bright in the winter sun. But as she walks to her grandmother’s house to help make the family recipe for warak enab, she continues to listen. As Lina walks past snowmen and across icy sidewalks, she discovers ten ways to pay attention to what might have otherwise gone unnoticed. With stunning illustrations by Kenard Pak and thoughtful representation of a modern Arab American family from Cathy Camper, Ten Ways to Hear Snow is a layered exploration of mindfulness, empathy, and what we realize when the world gets quiet.  (book description from cathycamper.com)

For her incredible body of work in children’s literature,
Wisconsin resident Pat Zietlow Miller was selected as the
2021 Wisconsin Notable Children’s Author. 

Miller has written a variety of stories for children with relatable characters and engaging, inclusive storylines. She has received much acclaim for her writing, including starred reviews, honors, and awards for her works. The Children’s Book Award Committee is delighted to present this award to such an inspiring and dedicated storyteller.

Ten noteworthy honor titles have also been selected for Outstanding Achievement in children’s literature, written and/or illustrated by Wisconsin book creators:

  • Alone in the Woods written by Rebecca Behrens
  • American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories written by Kathleen Krull
  • Doodleville written and illustrated by Chad Sell
  • Everything’s Not Fine written by Sarah Carlson
  • Feast of Peas written by Kashmira Sheth
  • Never Fear, Meena’s Here! written by Karla Manternach
  • Nina Soni, Sister Fixer written by Kashmira Sheth
  • Outside In written by Deborah Underwood
  • Robobaby written and illustrated by David Wiesner
  • Skunk and Badger written by Amy Timberlake

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

For more information about the Children’s Book Awards Committee, visit http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/yss/childrens-books-awards-committee.

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