By Marilyn McPhie
Gold Award Winner
Lou Gehrig: The Story of a Great Man, by Carol Birch, 2003; $16.95 CD; www.carolbirch.com. The true story of baseball legend Lou Gehrig is a great American tale. An immigrant kid overcomes poverty; succeeds through talent, hard work and persistence; remains modest and honest in spite of fame; faces debilitating disease with courage and grace; and leaves the lasting legacy of a real hero. The story is compelling, heartwarming and inspiring. Birch's storycrafting is nuanced, capturing the essential qualities of the man in carefully chosen words and images. A fine listen for older children and families.
Honors Award Winner
Aunt Vyrnetta … and other Stories from Cedar Grove, by Kelly Swanson, 2003; $14.95; www.kellyswanson.net; for ages 4 and up. Original stories guaranteed to yield a car full of laughter, especially for children over age 8. Answers the all-important question, "Wouldn't it be funny if … ?" You're probably related to a few of the crazy folks in these stories.
To see winning software titles for other age groups, return to NAPPA 2004 Award Winners: Spoken Word and Storytelling.
Marilyn McPhie has been a professional storyteller for nearly two decades. A member of the National Storytelling Association, she has presented at many state and regional conferences, writes a review column for a storytelling newsletter and performs regularly for audiences of preschoolers through adults.