June 16, 2009 Anne Izard Award


WHEN:  9:30-10:00AM Coffee & Conversation, 10:00 to NOON MEETING & AWARDS
Please join us for our last regular meeting before summer, PLUS

The NINTH Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Awards

Special Guests include 2009 recipients:

Judy Freeman, Peninnah Schram, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Alice McGill
plus Carol Birch and a tribute to Kate McClelland

Join librarians, storytellers, publishers and authors at a celebration honoring this year’s winners.

The awards highlight and promote distinguished titles published in the field of storytelling, bringing the riches of storytelling to greater public awareness. 

Please feel free to invite people! Guests are welcome; just let us know!   Contact Mercy Garland mgarland@wlsmail.org or (914) 231-3235

JUDY FREEMAN (http://www.JudyReadsBooks.com) is a much sought after speaker, consultant, and writer on all aspects of children’s literature, storytelling, booktalking, and school librarianship. She does conferences, workshops, speeches, and performances throughout the U.S. and the world for teachers, librarians, parents, and children, and is a national seminar presenter for BER (Bureau of Education and Research).

PENINNAH SCHRAM, acclaimed storyteller & author, is Associate Professor of Speech and Drama at Yeshiva University’s Stern College. Vibrantly elegant in her storytelling, she tells Jewish stories of wisdom and wit. Her latest book is an illustrated anthology, The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales (Sterling Publ.) and a CD, The Minstrel & the Storyteller, with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery.

ALICE MCGILL began her creative life as a storyteller. After ten years of telling one of her favorite stories, about the life of the grandmother of African-American inventor Benjamin Banneker, she decided to commit the story to paper. It was published in 1999 as the picture book Molly Bannaky.  Alice McGill has received many awards for her authentic one-woman performance: Sojourner Truth Speaks. Using print, film, and radio, she preserves the spirit of American History.

Andrea Davis Pinkney, distinguished author and editor, is VP/Executive Editor for Scholastic Trade.  She has authored more than 20 books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Duke Ellington, illustrated by husband Brian Pinkney.  She was the founding editor of Jump at the Sun, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing house and has edited many award-winning authors including Christopher Paul Curtis, Walter Dean Myers and Patricia McKissack.


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